Snowcross CS… also from Salomon

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22/11/2012 by Ironman Coach

Die Liebe zum Detail ….. the love or even a sort of obsession for details is my kind of being. I do not have much money, but I spend big amounts of money for things made due to this rule: paid attention to every and smallest detail! Such of things you have it for your life long, if you pay attention and take a little bit of care about them. 
We all know – or should know – that the mass production of products killed the entire originality and specificity of values. When you find a fine product nowadays, don’t take it for granted, because real fine things made by human hands are more seldom to be seen.
Now, these winter trail running shoes from Salomon are made first for my eyes, then for my soul and, finally, for my feet and senses. 
I’ve ordered and get delivered this very beautiful shoes at the same time with these one and unfortunately I have the same big issue about the right size.
As you can see, the shoes are very beautiful. And very special indeed. 
I had big, big thoughts about if I should risk to buy these shoes. They are pretty expensive, far away from what I can afford at this end of a new pathetic year – financially speaking -.
 The first problem about them it was finding them only as men option. Searching forsomething affordable for running in very cold and wet weather, I always was linked to this model. Looking to them on internet and reading about the product as a “new wonder for trail runners”, I had the image of a big, strong, aggressive shoe for men only. The real stuff is not so “dangerous” as it seems to be. As I was told here in Romania that the model is unisex, I was very surprised. As already described in previous material about the other pair of running shoes, the professional advice in order to buy a pair was missing. 
 The most important dilemma for me, after the price, was the right size. Having the Speedcross 3 in size 6,5 UK and feeling them a little bit too big for my feet, I finally decided to order 6,5 UK. Wrong decision (!!) and here Salomon manufacturer should pay much more attention. Speaking about sizing this model, something is quite strange with it. I can say this after wearing it at the office, with two different type of socks, for 2 days now. They are too tight in the middle vs. the front side of the shoe. I am still so undecided about these shoes: are they just extraordinary as performance and design or not?
I cannot comment now about the performance, as I couldn’t test them on trail and I am not decided if I should do it or not. I mean …. if I run with them once, I cannot return them.
 The structure is interesting.
There is an inner shoe and over it a special high protection with zip. <!–
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The Snowcross CS is a
water-resistant minimum feature, moderate neutral trail shoe designed for
racing and daily training in the winter.
CUSHIONING
  • Injected EVA runs the length of the shoe for underfoot
    cushion.
  • Molded EVA midsole provides underfoot cushioning.
MIDSOLE
  • Injected EVA runs the length of the shoe for underfoot
    cushion.
  • Molded EVA midsole provides underfoot cushioning.
  • LT Muscle is a lightweight EVA cushioning compound that
    helps absorb impact forces.
UPPER
  • Quicklace is a lace system made from durable Kevlar
    fibers for easy shoe entry and exit.

Anti-Debris Mesh is a breathable mesh upper that keeps debris
out of the shoe.
Sensifit overlays on the upper wrap the foot for a
close, secure fit.

  • Zip Gaiter keeps rocks, debris, and water out of the shoe.
  • ClimaShield is a lightweight, breathable and quick
    drying waterproof membrane that covers the foot area for added protection.
  • Lace Pocket keeps laces tucked up and out of the way.
  • 2nd Skin Construction is a seamless upper that delivers ideal
    comfort.
  • OrthoLite Sockliner is composed of anti-bacterial material and
    is designed to reduce odor and moisture while adding cushion directly
    underfoot.
  • Protective Ankle Pads keep lower legs safe from debris and ice.
  • Strategically Placed Overlays help secure the foot
    in place and provide increased durability.
OUTSOLE
  • Mud and Snow
    Contagrip
     has an aggressive lug
    pattern designed to dig in deep on softer ground for excellent traction.
  • Includes 9 metal spike
    pins.

Anyway, the ideal winter trail running shoe seems to be invented and available for everybody could afford it, the price starts from about 160 EURO.
+ points:
very beautiful
incredible light
– points:
problematic by choosing the right size
still don’t know  ….
25.11.2012
First run with it filled me with full pain. I‘ve run only 9 km on trail, through the forest, on autumn cover of dead leaves. A huge blister and a deep pain inside the right feet just in the middle where never in my life I had a blister – did my run not a pleasant experience, but I could finish the run. So, second impression about these shoes: not a happy choice
I will now more when I’ll use them on ice and in cold weather, maybe it is a good choice after all. Hopefully. For the time being I am quite disappointed.

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