Salomon Speedcross 3 Trail Running ShoeLet me start by saying that I love this shoe. For the job it is designed to do then it is one of the best shoes on the market today.

The Salomon Speedcross 3 is a tried and tested design that has been a popular trail and fell running shoes for a number of years and it is easy to see why.

Grip provided by the large arrow shaped lugs on the Contragrip sole is unbeatable in all but the deepest and slippiest mud. From mud and gloop, to snow and ice these shoes just keep on gripping.

Out of the box the shoe is comfortable and required very little bedding in time unlike most shoes. It also gives you a feeling that your foot is well protected and the soles have good cushioning for long trail and mountain runs.

They have also been used in deep snow including running up streams of melting ice running down the hillside and I’m happy to report that coupled with a pair of Sealskinz socks my feet stayed perfectly warm.

I’ve done a couple of 30 mile runs in these shoes and am happy to report that they caused no blisters or pain.

It’s easy to see why the Speedcross 3 is one of the most popular trail shoes on the market today as the performance and comfort are fantastic for a product that is far more affordable than Salomons more high end S-lab offerings.

Salomon Speed Cross 3  trail running shoe in-depth review

The Salomon Speedcross 3 can handle whatever conditions you throw at them

What I like

  • Incredibly comfortable.
  • They grip like limpets in wet and muddy conditions.
  • The quicklace system holds your feet securely and doesn’t loosen off like laces can do.
  • Very stable and confidence inspiring ride.
  • They look fantastic.

What I don’t like

  • They can be a bit tight if you have broad feet like me so best to go up half a size compared to normal shoes. Another option might be to try the Salomon Fellraisers which have a very similar tread but are widers at the toe box.
  • Very terrain and condition specific so you might not get much use out of them in the summer months or if most of your running is done on hardpack trails.
  • They aren’t as breathable as other shoes due to the anti debris mesh upper in the shoes so might not be the best option if the conditions are warm.

The details

Foot protection

The Salomon Speedcross 3 doesn’t include a rockplate which does show if you tread on an exposed rock but for the majority of the time you won’t notice.

The huge amount of padding in the heal of the Speedcross 3 means the foot is very well protected from impacts and means they are very comfortable for longer runs.

The rest of the shoe is constructed from a a strong nylon material and has plenty of wrap around protection in the toe area making your foot feel well protected out on the trails.

Grip

The grip on the Speedcross 3 is amazing in wet and muddy conditions where they excel. They bite through the slime and keep you upright in the worst conditions.

Only on wet rocks did they become more like ice skates but I haven’t come across a shoe yet that grips on wet rocks so they were no worse than any other.

They aren’t designed for hardpack ground or tarmac so if your running includes a of this type of surface they might not be the right shoe for you as the fairly soft rubber tread will wear down quickly and the ride isn’t great when the tread isn’t allowed to dig into the ground.

Stability

If you are looking for a stable shoe with a low heel-toe drop then you might be better looking at the Salomon Fellraisers over the Speedcross as they offer a 6mm drop over the 10mm on the Speedcross

Despite the fairly padded heal and high drop there Speedcross feel very stable over all ground and give a very confidence inspiring ride. There is only a small amount of noticeable twist because of this.

Comfort

I have wide feet so although I found the Speedcross 3 a comfortable shoe to wear overall the narrow toe box made them feel a little tight in this area although they did give slightly.

I’ve heard stories of them ripping in the toe box for people who have wide feet so the Fellraiser might be a better choice if you do have wide feet.

Weight

Weighing in at 310g they aren’t the lightest shoes available but when you factor in the performance on offer and the fact they are designed as a winter shoe so have a heavier construction this isn’t noticeable when out on the trails.

Best applications

Salomon advertise the Speedcross as a racing product, and it’s a great mountain, fell and trail running shoe especially when the conditions are severe and its very muddy, which is where this shoe excels.

It is a great all-around shoe that performs well on any soft trails where it can dig in and grip. It will even handle the odd road section or two but you can expect the treads to wear down quickly if you run on these surfaces often.

There is enough cushioning and protection should you decide to use it for for those ultra distance efforts or it would equally be at home on a quick blast on the trails.

The slightly more substantial construction means that its a warm shoe so is more suited to winter conditions that the height of summer.

Construction

Upper

Salomon employ a range of technologies to construct the upper of the Speedcross which improves the fit, form, weather protection and flexibility of the shoe. An anti-debris mesh covers the outermost layer which is a feature on many Salomon trail shoes.

Sensifit construction overlaps the top part of the wrap with a water resistant textile. A mud guard at the base of the shoes upper prevents water and mud from getting inside. The tongue features a gusset and Quicklace sockets. The Speedcross 3’s feature an Ortholite sock liner and Strobel Last that gives an irritation free and odor resistant underfoot feel.

Midsole

The midsole is constructed from injected EVA foam which is supported by Solomons Lightweight Muscle (LT) and molded EVA which gives better underfoot cushioning and foot protection.

The Salomon Speedcross is a neautral shoe and doesn’t feature cushioning technologies in the same way other shoes that are available do.

Outsole

Deep chevron shaped lugs are the main feature on the outer sole of the Salomon Speedcross trail shoes. As the lugs are widely spaced they shed mud very well while running.

The outer sole utilises a blend of softer, harder and grippier Contagrip compounds to yield the perfect mix of performance and durability.

Conclusion

Its easy to see why the The Salomon Speedcross 3 is one of the most popular trail running shoes in the world today. The shoe is a great for mountain terrain and wet and muddy conditions where its impressive grip really shines.

The anti-debris mesh and water resistant textile of the uppers does make them a warm shoe so if you’re looking for a shoe for the summer months then this might not be the shoes for you but they perform amazingly well in colder conditions.

They are a comfortable shoe with great cushioning and support although do come up slightly narrow if you have broad feet.

If you spend a lot of time on the hills and mountains then you will be hard pressed to find a better shoe than the Speedcross 3’s. Highly recommended, go buy some now!

Best prices for Salomon Speedcross 3 online

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£65
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Manufacturers details

  • 3D Advanced Chassis™ – Controls the shoe’s twisting motion. Flexes under the heel to absorb shock and provide stability.
  • Sensifit – Actively cradles the foot to deliver a secure and precise fit for maximum stability and comfort.
  • Quicklace System – Minimal and robust, this one-pull lace tightening system secures the shoe quickly and provides excellent stability and support.
  • Contagrip® Outsole – Utilises a blend of softer, harder and grippier Contagrip® compounds to yield the perfect mix of performance and durability.
  • OrthoLite Sockliner – OrthoLite foam and EVA heel cup work in concert to create a cooler, drier, healthier internal environment.
  • Feather Construction – Makes the shoe extremely lightweight and breathable.
  • Anti-Debris Mesh Upper – Specifically designed for clearing debris and to prevent detritus from entering the shoe.
  • Water-Resistant Textile Blend – Keeps the foot dry at all times.
  • EVA Injected Midsole – Cushions the foot and attenuates shockwaves superbly, especially on rougher, tougher terrain.
  • Lightweight Muscle – A lightweight foam that is more pliable, more absorbent and saves more weight without compromising control and comfort.
  • Toe-Box – The toe box area is fortified with a hard-wearing PVC covering that provides extensive protection from aggressive terrain.
  • Mud Guard – Surrounds the base of the shoe to protect it from abrasive mud materials.
  • Lace Pocket – Prevents laces from snagging on uneven terrain by securing loose ends firmly in place.
  • Weight – 310 grams.

How to choose a shoe size

  • Use a shoe box or a wall with a 90° angle.
  • Find a sheet of paper or a sheet of cardboard, a ruler and a pen.
  • Make sure that you are wearing the same socks that you would normally wear with this type of boot.
  • Wearing these socks, stand on the sheet of paper and place the outside of your foot against the wall or place your foot in the shoe box with your heel wedged firmly against the back.
  • Then use your pen and ruler to draw a line just in front of your big toe.
  • Measure the distance between the wall or the side of the shoe box and the line that you have just drawn.
  • Find this measurement in Inches in the size chart below.

Salomon size chart