Salomon Speedcross 3 Trailrunner Review

Bottom Line:

These runners were extremely comfortable right out of the box. I didn’t encounter the usual “breaking in” period that I have experienced with other running shoes. They are a fairly lightweight trail runner with a burly cleated tread which is great for technical trails and all-weather conditions. I have found that the tread wears out fairly quickly on Salomon shoes, but overall they are such a comfortable trail runner that I highly recommend them.

Salomon Speedcross 3 Trailrunner

Brand new out of the box

How I chose it:

I had owned Salomon trails runners previously, before I was doing any serious trail running, and loved them as an all around walking/hiking shoe. I also had a few trail running friends that highly recommended the Speedcross.

Observations since using it:

The lacing system is excellent. Unlike traditional style laces the Kevlar Quick-Fit system works with one pull and won’t loosen. There is even a handy tongue pocket to tuck away the laces, which I personally love as it keeps things from flapping around.  It is a one-time tighten before you leave the house and you are good to go for hours. When I ran my first 50km trail race last year I used the Salomon Speedcross and I didn’t have to adjust them once in the 8 hours I was out on the trails.

There was no breaking in period required for these shoes. I took them out of the box and went for a run without any issues with rubbing or blisters. They are as close as feeling liking like a slipper as a trail runner could.

The fit is very precise. I have narrow feet and find that once I tighten the shoe it molds nicely to my foot which makes for a secure fit, making for more confident footfalls when running on technical trail.  The toe box provides enough room to not cause issues with any rubbing or pressure points, which also helps to delay the onset of black toe nails.

There is an 11mm drop in this shoe, which is simply the difference between the height of the heel and the height of the toe when standing; zero is the equivalent to standing barefoot. So there is a pretty substantial drop in these shoes which is more akin to a traditional running shoe and will support people who are heel strikers. I personally mid-foot strike, but haven’t found these shoes to cause me any issues.

Pros:

  • Lacing – Excellent lacing system with tongue pocket to keep lace ends out-of-the-way.
  • Comfort – Super comfortable from date of purchase.
  • Fit – Secure, precise fit due to locking lacing system and the mold of the shoe. I feel extremely confident running technical trail in these shoes due to the fit.
  • Size – The generous size toe box ensures my toes have room to move and I have not had any black toe nails since using them.
  • Tread – These shoes have such a burly tread, with cleated soles, that they can go pretty much anywhere.
  • Style – I love a bright running shoe and Salomon delivers on being a bit flashy but still stylish.
Salomon Speedcross 3 Trailrunner

The super aggressive tread is great on the trails

Cons or areas to improve:

  •  The tread seems to wear out quickly. As one of the biggest selling points of the shoe was the cleated tread, this is an issue because as soon as the tread is gone so is the traction.However if you buy a pair of running shoes and expect them to last longer than 500km worth of use, you are kidding yourself. So it all depends how much you will be using the shoe and on what type of surface. Avoid road as much as you can!
  •  Due to the cleats on the bottom I find that they can be slippery on smooth granite surfaces (we have a lot of granite in the area) as there is not as much surface area making contact with the rock.
  •  I have bunionettes ( yes that is a real word and it has to be cutest one they could think of for such an unsightly deformity on the feet) on both of my feet and find that the material is starting to wear at the point the material makes contact with my foot. Perhaps a tougher material, around points of contact with the feet, would suffice to remedy this.

Specifications:

  • Upper Material: Textile mesh
  • Waterproofing: Water-resistant textile
  • Lining: Synthetic
  • Closure: Quick Lace
  • Sole: Non-marking ContaGrip
  • Midsole: Injection-molded EVA
  • Footbed: OrthoLite
  • Heel / Forefoot Height: 20 / 9 mm
  • Drop: 11 mm
  • Claimed Weight:(single, size 7) 9.9 oz
  • Recommended Use: trail running, cross training, ultralight fastpacking

Places to Purchase it:

Salomon Women’s Speedcross 3 CS Trail Running Shoe

Salomon Men’s Speedcross 3 CS Trail Running Shoe

 

Author: Spring McClurg

I moved to B.C. with my husband in 2010 after spending 6 years living abroad in Ireland. Originally from a small town in Alberta that was minutes away from the Rockies, I always knew I would return to the mountains one day. I love spending as much time as I can in the mountains, whether it be mountaineering, rock climbing or simply running on the backcountry trails. I love to challenge myself and seek out new experiences.

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