Just over two weeks ago I ran the South Downs Way 50. It was a huge PB and I was wearing my Salomon Sense 3’s.
However, I hadn’t given myself enough time to train in and adapt to such a minimalist shoe and had some real pain towards the end of the race. This wasn’t the shoes fault, but mine for rushing to wear it at a race too soon.
It did make me realise that in general I needed some more cushioning for these type of races and whilst great for form and strengthening, going too minimalist isn’t right for me. I am 6ft 1in with quite a large frame, so am towards the bigger end of most runners.
So as part of Salomon’s forthcoming City Trail series I was excited to have the opportunity to test out the new hybrid shoe, the X-Scream. This is designed for city based trail runners who want a shoe to combine for comfort and speed on the pavement but grip, support and traction on the trails.
The whole concept behind the X-Scream is that city running doesn’t need to be boring. It doesn’t need to be flat and it doesn’t have to involve checking your garmin every three minutes to make sure you are running quickly. City running can involve steps, hills, parks and so on. It can have variety and it can make running fun, exploring new places in your own backyard.
All of the technical information on the shoe can be found here: http://www.salomon.com/others/product/x-scream.html
The three key points that Salomon promote about the X-Scream are:
- Surface Adaptation. The ability of the shoe to transition from different terrains easily. I would agree with this and whilst the lugs are prominent, they are subtle and do not nag at you whilst running on the road. Yet they also offer good grip on footpaths. On wet days they can slip a little so I would say this is a summer shoe for dry days in general
- Cushioning. Compared with the Sense line, these offer excellent cushioning and a very stable ride. I haven’t worn the Mantras, but I am assuming they offer a similar level of comfort. They are still relatively un-cushioned compared with most road shoes however, so don’t expect these to be Salomon’s progression towards a Hoka style shoe.
- Adaptive Fit. The Quick-Lace system is in place here, the same as most Salomon shoes, and they tie up very easily, with the lace grip tucking neatly into a pocket on the tongue. A couple of times I have had to stop and re-adjust but this hasn’t been from slipping, more my feet getting used to a new shoe and slipping a little.
In the Sense line I have always been a UK 11 as they fit a little small, but whilst I was sent a UK 11 in these, I would say they fit truer than the Sense’s so would suggest I should have got a UK 10.5. Something to bear in mind if you have had Salomon shoes before and want to try these out.
All in all, these will be my main training shoe this summer. They are perfect for my part road, part footpath run to and from work everyday, are lightweight, comfortable and breathable for the warmer summer months.
Definitely recommended and you can have a chance to test them out at the forthcoming City Trail road-shows in a town near you this spring and summer.
If you want to find out if there is a City Trail event near you, check out this link: http://citytrail.salomonrunning.com/en/community-runs/?cmpid=pr_sports_uk_ct_ss14