Salomon X-Scream: Versatile hybrid running shoes
Published on Jul 24, 2014 4:10 PM
Not all shoes are equal. You buy a pair of running flats to run on tracks and a pair of trail running shoes to run on, well, trails.
What if you can have a pair that performs well on either terrain? Enter the Salomon X-Scream.
The X-Scream is a hybrid running shoe that is meant to do well on flat smooth pavements as well as on mud tracks, like the MacRitchie Reservoir cross-country track.
At first glance, it appears like a nice looking but conventional pair of running shoes. A colleague complimented me on the X-Scream's good looks. But to me, it looks more like a pair of hiking shoes.
The upper has a breathable mesh with Salomon's Sensiflex, a stretch panel on the metatarsal area that allows the foot to spread during runs; and Sensifit, an overlay that wraps firmly around the foot during runs. It also has a tongue cover to keep mud and debris from getting into the shoe.
The X-Scream's midsole is injected with Salomon's Light Weight Muscle, which is actually two ethylene vinyl acetate composites moulded together for better cushioning. The outsole features Salomon's Contagrip, which looks like off-road tyre treads and provides grip and traction.
Instead of conventional shoelaces, these shoes have the Quicklace system that uses Kevlar laces and a tiny lock. The shoes come with a pictorial instruction on how to use the Quicklace system, but you really have to figure it out on your own.
After putting on the shoes, you pull the top of the laces to tighten. Next, pull down the lock towards the tongue, sliding it down along the laces till the fit feels snug, then tuck the excess and the lock into a hidden pocket on top of the tongue.
The shoes felt cushioned and totally comfortable from the first time I put them on. The toe box had just enough wiggle room for my toes, yet it held the foot in place to keep it from sliding around while I ran.
The heel counter felt solid and provided solid support for my injury-prone ankles. On my first 4km run, the shoes felt like I had worn them for ages. They felt nicely broken in whether I was wearing them for walking or running.
The X-Scream is not as light as some running shoes, but it is still of a comfortable weight and will not cause any foot fatigue. The shoes provided great energy return and performed equally well whether I was running using a mid-foot strike or heel strike.
Totally at home on flat pavements and running tracks, they provided plenty of cushioning and grip. On the trails, they also felt comfortable, except in places where there were many puddles and lots of mud and the grip was clearly not as good as that of trail running shoes.
Also, the shoes felt a little warm and could do with better ventilation. But that may probably mean more water will seep in while you are on the trails.
The X-Scream is ideal for travelling, as its versatility means you can be walking in shopping malls, hiking up a mountain, or running on your hotel gym's treadmill, all in relative comfort.
- The Salomon X-Scream is a very versatile pair of running shoes that makes you feel comfortable both on the pavement and also on more rugged terrain.
By Trevor Tan
This article was first published in The Straits Times Digital Life on July 23, 2014.
Material: Breathable mesh upper with moulded ethylene vinyl acetate midsole and thermoplastic polyurethane toe cap
Value for money 4/5