17/06/2012 16:59:47

Words by tcsh

Salomon Product Training

A few evenings ago, staff from The Climbers Shop were lucky to have some Salomon training on products from their running range. These included the Speedcross 3, the new Fellcross, Advanced Skin S-lab 5 rucksack and the Exo IV Calf Compression legging. We were joined by Jim, our Northern Sales Rep and Salomon sponsored runner and Cumbria local, Ricky Lightfoot. Ricky, although looking extremely fresh back from a recent race, was unfortunately was carrying an injury, so we just decided to head over to Rydal for a bit of a bimble about and to get a good idea about the products.

Here is what Nick, Brian, Steve and Helen have to say on the products used:

Steve: My normal fell shoes are the Speedcross, so I was looking forward to giving Salomon's pure bred fell race shoe a try. They didn't disappoint, slightly narrower fit, very positive and comfortable. They seemed a much more stable shoe with great feedback of what's going on underfoot. With great grip on loose, rocky terrain. The Speedcross would make a great training shoe, with the Fellcross as a race day shoe!

Brian: I have used the Fellcross before on a Salomon training course and liked the positive feel of them both on rock ground and grassy slopes. Back when I used to do more fell running (many years ago!) I had a pair of Walsh trainers. At the time their lack of cushioning was an advantage and my young feet could take the punishment. These days I prefer something with a bit more support and cushioning and although these are definitely fell shoes, they do have about the right amount of both of these – support and cushioning for what i felt needed. Have yet to see how they perform in the wet as on both occasions the weather has been surprisingly dry!

Nick: I tested out the Salomon Speedcross 3, these felt really comfy straight rom the box, with very good grip on technical terrain and cushioned enough for trail or even occasional use on road. The Advanced Skin S-Lab pack is a great fitting pack, it doesn’t feel like you are wearing a conventional pack at all. Easy access to all of your gear and no waist strap to restrict your breathing.

Helen: The Women’s Speedcross 3 is a fairly low profile shoe, with what I considered enough grip to keep me upright on steep and rocky trails but also some cushioning to cope with harder packed trails like forestry tracks. The narrow fit around the heel made sure that my foot was held firmly in place, with more room around the front to allow my toes to spread. I felt I had utmost confidence in my feet whilst descending steep terrain.

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Bryan and Steve getting a bit (too) excited about testing out their gear Nick leading the way in the uphill
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Descending down to Rydal water Jim from Salomon, explaining to Bryan about the products being used

All in all, a great evening, and a huge thanks to Jim and Ricky for coming over and letting us test these products out!