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Pros: Great traction, overall aggressive option that’s still lightweight.
Cons: Not as breathable as other shoes.
Best Uses: Trail running, mountain adventures, trail races, epic run/hike outings.
The Salomon Speedcross 3 is indeed built for speed, but not at all costs. This shoe manages to pack great traction, cushioning and support into a relatively lightweight shoe. The combination creates enough protection and support to make us feel fast and confident on trails. We loved this shoe on mountain adventures, as it's flexible enough to climb steep terrain comfortably, and comfortable enough for all day outings where we were both running and hiking. The speed laces help ensure a secure fit without a lot of futzing. The downside to the Speedcross is that it's not as breathable as other shoes with more open mesh that we tested.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
This shoe has great traction underfoot. V-shaped lugs made out of Salomon's Contagrip point forward under the forefoot, and backward under the heel to maximize traction whether running uphill or down. And the lugs are spaced out widely to minimize clogging up with mud or snow.
The Speedcross 3 has enough cushioning for comfort on long mountain runs, but not too much that they feel mushy. There's still a sense of control on the trail from what seems like the ideal amount of responsive cushioning.
While this shoe has a "Mud Guard" around its base, the sole doesn't have a hard plastic rock plate. This keeps the shoe fast and flexible feeling.
The combination of a supportive upper with the foot-locking speed laces help the Speedcross 3 to feel stable, despite being lightweight and flexible enough for racing.
This shoe does a good job packing in traction, cushioning and stability/support without becoming a bulky, heavy shoe.
We liked the flexibility of this shoe. It's built to race, so it flexes well enough for fast uphill climbs, and that transfers over to comfort running at any speed, on any type of terrain.
These are the closest trail running shoes to bedroom slippers. The the slipper effect is further enhanced because you don't have to tighten the laces at all when not running. Just slip em' on and cruise. After your run, loosen the speed-lacing system for instant comfort.
Salomon Speedcross 3 - Women's, $125.
Keep pesky debris from getting into your shoe with the Salomon Trail Gaiters, $30.
— Mark Eller and Lisa Jhung
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