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Salomon Speedcross 3 Review


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Overall avg rating 4.2 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: June 25, 2013
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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.
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Manufacturer:   Salomon
Review by: Mark Eller and Lisa Jhung ⋅ February 26, 2013  
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.

Other Versions
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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   Jun 25, 2013 - 12:12pm
Robbie · Mountain Biker · Indianapolis
I've been adventure racing for a little over 3 years now, so I've had my fair share of expedition style races with a variety of different footwear. I've tried and tested the Salomon Speedcross 3 again and again and they've never let me down!

These shoes are offered in some of the coolest colors I've seen on trail running shoes. Even the most hardcore trail runners can appreciate a little flair now and again. I give the style of these shoes a 5/5 just based on color options. Be sure to check out all the different online retails for your different color options. I personally love the black and red one's I found at Road Runner Sports. With VIP membership you get 10% off on these shoes, so it's a pretty sweet deal!

Gripping is what these shoes were made to do. I've taken these shoes through 60 degree muddy hill climbs on several occasions, and I'm always the first one to the top of the hill! Fitness aside, I completely attribute my performance in wet and muddy conditions to the tread that these shoes have. One look at the footbed of these bad-boys says it all with these shoes!

Stability and Cushioning
The Salomon Speedcross 3s offer a great amount of stability and cushioning. The heel drop doesn't feel huge, like you might find with other trail runners. If you're a forefoot striker, you'll be happy to know that these shoes will work just fine for you! The cushioning with these shoes is where I personally fell in love with these shoes. No matter how many hours I've been on my feet, if I switch socks and slide my feet back in my Speedcross 3's, they feel soft plush and ready to take me where I need to go!

I'd buy these shoes again and again, no question. They've earned my undying gratitude for getting e through some of the toughest races on earth!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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