Men's SALOMON® SPEEDCROSS 3 :: You won't let a little mud, a few rocks, or uneven terrain stop you from getting where you need to go. The lightweight Salomon® Speedcross 3 has the same aggressive, tackle anything attitude. Get the most out of each step with the highly grippy tread. Feet will stay dry, clean, and cozy inside the water-resistant design even in the sloppiest conditions.
Features & Benefits:
Non-marking running Contragrip outsole: Lug outsole for better traction on trails
Mud and snow non-marking Contagrip outsole: Great traction on mud and snow
Ortholite sockliner: Comfort and fit with EVA heel cup
Feather construction, anti debris mesh upper: Keeps dirt and soil out of the shoe
Okay, don't pay much attention to my catagory "check marks" above because they are too narrow to choose. I would give these 4 1/2 stars if I could. Taking away 1/2 because the rocks and roots "go right through" the forefoot of the sole. Of course they don't go through, but you can feel every rock or root to a high degree (smaller rocks). The complete opposite of my saucony Xodus's which are a great trail shoe as well. So, why the Speedcross's? Well the traction is the best and the cushion (minus the forefoot on smaller rocks) is pretty good. I run and maintain a 3 miles trail in Georgia and yes it is in the Georgia clay. This clay is a beast. It gets super hard from errosion and heat and then those areas are like a hard slippery slope when wet. The Xodus's just don't dig into that enough while the Speedcross's tear it up. The Speedcrosses also handle the muck (where the erosion ends up sitting on the trail) quite well and are "water resistent". Water will come through if you are slow... so "go like heck" through the mud and water. Of course these shoes are pretty much "spikes" in that pavement is out of the question in my mind (I don't even like going over a road that crosses my trail - careful on wet slopped pavement, you'll bust it). I do wear them to the trail head (over pavement), but I often take them off and go bare foot back to the car (on the pavement). Finally, sorry to all English teachers out there, I was just to lazy to figure out if it was Xodus's, Xodus', Speedcross's or Speedcrosses or somewhere in between.
First go at trail shoes
I bought these shoes while picking up a pair of flats since I like to do a lot of trail running and have always used my regular running shoes in the past. So this being my first experience with trail shoes, it isn't very authoritative.
I have read a lot of reviews on this model stating that they are hot to run in. I live in southern California and have only used them so far in the summer months and have no complaints of heat yet. My longest run is only 12 miles, so I haven't reached ultra distance yet, but they have been wonderful so far. I ended up with a single blister on that 12 mile run which I believe was actually caused by the seam of my sock rubbing, not the shoe itself and that is my only problem so far.
Traction hasn't been a problem. Unless I try to scale up a near vertical rock with loose dirt piled on it then I get no slippage. Even steep down hills in loose dirt feel controlled. Very confidence inspiring.
I have read that they feel fine on paved roads, but to me coming from a road racing history I find that the tread pattern feels awkward, so I don't use them for anything but trails.
I bought these in store and didn't pay attention to sizing, I just bought what fits. I don't like to buy online.
The laces are very convenient. I race triathlon and bought some laces like these to speed up my transition, nice to have shoes that come with them.
I just put these shoes to the test by doing Rim2Rim2Rim in which I ran from the South rim of the Grand Canyon to the North rim and back. It consists of 42 miles with 11k feet of elevation gain. The shoes were great. The lugs worked really well to give me traction on the downhills and uphills and there are a lot of those. Ventilation was great. They do a great job of keeping dust and gravel out of the shoe, yet they breath really well. I ended up with a small blister on the side of my big toe, which I didn't notice until my shoe was off. Not bad after 42 miles.
I had only run in them 3 times for about 30 miles before I did this run. The cushion in them is good. I tried the Brooks Cascadia and felt like the cushion was equivalent to the Brooks. I have a little bit of a narrow foot and the Salomons worked a little better than the Cascadia for me.
They run true to size. I wear a 10 in all of my other running shoes and the 10 fit perfectly.
Very solid shoe!
Work as advertised....good fit and excel
I was a little worried about the numerous comments on the narrow toe box but found these to be just right....this coming from someone who splays their toes.
I wear a 10.5 in all other shoes and these 10.5's feel no different.
And the lacing system was another nice surprise. It works like a charm. The lacing doesn't feel tight, and it feels evenly distributed.
I personally dont feel the shoes are heavy. When you are doing a Tough Mudder or Spartan race I can't see splitting hairs on an ounce here or there.
I will say that it takes some getting used to the heel which is somewhat elevated. I don't know the technical term but as a competitive runner used to flats and lightweight race shoes these took me some getting used to...not a problem but it has a noticeable heel in them if you haven't run in trail shoes before.
anyway, I have been pleasantly surprised by these shoes....the comfort, weight and traction they have so far offered has made them worth the money.
Better to burn out, then fade away?
I've got 170 miles in these shoes, and they have been my favorite shoe I have owned, except the wear. They would probably be perfect on soft conditions like moist forrest trails. But in the dry, rocky southwest, the lugs just don't hold up. If I could afford it, I would buy these over and over. As I just got into ultra, that would get expensive fast.
In my short trail running experience (in order):
1: Salomon Speedcross
2: Asics Gel Scout: Good all around feeling shoe.
3: Brooks Cascadia 8: Wore on a flat 50k. Good shoe.
4: Adidas XT: Bought at RRS, but not on site. They are light, traction feels good, but they are not balanced well.
5: XA 3D Ultra: They were mislabeled as neutral, they aren't. I can't run on them.
Great Trail Shoe
These are excellent trail running shoes (emphasize on trail). You don't want to run in these on pavement for an extended period of time. I've bought a couple of different brands of trail running shoes including Saucony, The North Face and Adidas and these are by far the best. I only wear these on the trails though...they aren't very practical as everyday shoes or for the roads. The lacing system provides a very snug fit. I have a narrow foot and love that the toe box isn't huge. These are also much lighter than other trail shoes I have bought. Very satisfied overall.
Training for Ultra
Lakeside Park, KY
Good shoe but not ideal w/ high instep
This is a really good shoe but there were two drawbacks that keep it from being great. First, there is a stretchy inner sleeve underneath the tounge which makes the fit a little uncomfortable if you have a high instep, which I do. Not so bad as to effect circulation but enough to be annoying. Secondly, the adjustable quick loop lace system does not work well with models of trail gaiters that require being looped in to the lace. It ends up synching the lace very tightly and pulling all the pressure to the front of the lace box.
Not the best for ultra
I restarted a new ultra season and run into desert mountain in AZ. I had the salomon speedcross 3 for about a month maybe a little more and the bottom is a 1/3 worn already. I had the crossmax during my previous season and they lasted the all season no problem and they were feeling awesome. when I gain speed on the way down, I am always worried to fall because of the lack of a good grip. Did not have that happening with the crossmax. So a little disappointed and will probably exchange those if possible.
Amazing Shoe/Short Life
*I Trail walk at least 6 days a week in the pasadena mountains. I walk from anywhere to 1hr to 1hr and 45.
*I love the way this sneaker holds my foot with complete flexibility and control and yet feels
*The only thing that is truly such a bummer, is the trail knobs on the soul wear away within weeks of wearing this shoe. Sometimes they just break off as well,
Got these just in time for a sloppy and difficult 50k and they ran flawlessly! No break-in period and comfortable right out of the box. Balance of light-weight, sturdy materials, cushioning, traction, price. Not the shoe I run TO the trail - but definitely the go-to shoes for my trail runs!
Best trail running shoe by far!!
I just bought these the other day and I have to say that I am very pleased with my money spent. I recently just started to run more trails and already had a pair of New Balance Minimus Trail shoes but my feet would be really sore from all the sharp rocks I would step on with the very thin soles. So I decided to buy a new and more rugged pair of shoes to help.
These shoes have excellent traction on just about every type of terrain. I would not recommend running on open roads due to excess wear on the treads. They fit very comfortably to my feet and I hardly notice that I'm running on rocks!
I only gave 4 stars because I haven't had them long enough to see how well they hold up after running many trails.
Mira Mesa, CA
Great but fragile upper
Great shoe! Only problem is the Upper ripped during only my 2nd run, and has slowly continued since. I really beat up shoes and these have lasted quite a few miles, even with the torn upper!
St. Louis, Mo
Speedcross 3 Hits The Mark
I run trails that throw everything from mud to rocks at you and these shoes handle it all. Exceptional traction on both climbing and descents and soles stick to rocks like glue.
First rail running shoe purchase was a success.
Ran a 4 mile trail running course with ease after wearing these shoes for the first time after purchase. Cannot wait to get out on the trails again!
Gadsden , AL
Awesome mountain running shoes
I use these mostly for my off road mountain runs. Amazing grip on high incline situations. No complaints at all. Fantastic off road shoe.
best pair of trail runners I've ever owned
I love these shoes so far! A great secure fit with no hot spots after my first 100 miles. I use the speedcross 3 shoes for fast hiking and trail running. I like the stiffer sole and the cleated treads better than other trail runners I've used in the past. They should be used strictly for trails and off-road though so be careful when running on hard surfaces.
Didn't dissapoint... I will buy again!
I was looking for a shoe that worked as well as my Solomon boots did on the trails I was running on but lighter... Here they are.
Great trail shoe!
Shoe felt tight in the toe box at first, but once on the trail, it felt like a perfect fit. Great traction in mud and gravel.
New Favorite Trail Shoe
A very neutral, nimble shoe that excels off road. Liked the first pair so much I got a second.
San Diego, CA
Best shoe's I ever had!
tread Wears out alittle to quickly
Rock Hill S.C
I will buy these shoes again and recommend to other players.
I use these shoes for playing softball. They are very comfortable and light. Other softball players have gone to this shoe rather than the conventional softball shoe. So far so good.
Shoes are the best
Shipping and tracking were the pits
long time VIP and user of roadrunner sports but not worth it
Maybe switching to East Bay
Awesome trail runner!!!!
My husbands loves these running shoes this is his second pair! He feels like he is walking on a cloud and loves the traction!
just slightly too small from my normal shoe size
I really love these shoes for IDPA & USPSA matches. I'd give them 5 stars if they would just make them in 2E.
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