I bought this shoe for road to trail to road. I have a loop of 24 miles that incorporates the former and have had a time with the transition and thought this might suffice as an acceptable shoe for that task. I have been using my Speedcross 2 and North Face
Singletrack shoes, but the north face
is not tough enough for the task on the on the ever so demanding rocky trail, and the aolomon Speedcross, although plush, is not really adept for the asphalt, or at least not 7 miles worth, but does extremely well in the woods. Unfortunately, the Salomon
XR felt tight, stiff, and not that comfortable... it's very rigid. It's a lot like the Montrail
Masochist I owned before them. The North Face
Singletrack is much more of a transition shoe but would benefit from Gortex, but that is not an option, and they tear quite easily on sharp rocks. Sorry Salomon
... the Speedcross 2 is far superior to the Crossmax and not even designed for transition. Also the shoe runs about a size too small and is narrow. The quick lace pocket is too small.