I love my Salomon Speedcross for several reasons, but mostly because they got me through a very tough race in Canada. I participated in a Rogaine race in Morin Heights, Quebec in November 2014. The terrain was an absolute mess and thankfully I had purchased the Speedcross before this race. The Speecross was durable and tough enough to help me get through the race and gave me the ability to have some traction, even in the mud. If you participate in trail races on a regular basis, having the Salomon Speedcross on hand might be a good idea, because you never know when a race course will turn into a swamp!