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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Most runners applauded the light and durable construction of the Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 3.
  • Some liked the flexible feel and large outsole lugs of this shoe.
  • Ground contact is better as compared to older versions, as noted in some reviews.
  • This shoe is very flexible as mentioned by some runners.
  • Some runners took note of the aggressive grip of the 3rd version of the S-Lab Fellcross for multiple terrains.

4 reasons not to buy

  • This shoe is expensive.
  • According to some runners, this shoe had a narrow forefoot.
  • Some runners felt that due to the minimal ground contact, stability feature is limited.
  • It lacks the underfoot protection needed while running on rocky surfaces.

Bottom line

The S-Lab Fellcross 3 from Salomon is a reliable running shoe because of its durable, comfortable and flexible attributes. However, this shoe is not ideal for extremely rough terrain because it does not have the necessary cushioning and support.


Rankings


Ratings

3.9 / 5 based on 12 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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3 star
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2 star
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Expert Reviews

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73 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 70 / 100 by The Ginger Runner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

    It is a bad-ass trail shoe; one that can get you through all the nastiest trail you can think of.

  • 89 / 100 by Caveman Clarke • Caveman Clarke • Level 3 expert

    With its narrow fell last and secure feel, it may not be the best option for anyone with very wide feet or a need for extreme comfort.

  • 68 / 100 by Gear Institute • Jacob Waltz • Level 3 expert

    The large outsole lugs live up to expectations, but the narrow forefoot and small ground contact area limit stability on technical and off-camber trail.

  • 50 / 100 by Outdoor Kinetics • Outdoor Kinetics • Level 3 expert

    The only issue I have had with durability on the Fellcross 3 is that a couple of lugs have had sections shear-off after running fast on sharp rocks.

  • 90 / 100 by Mudstacle • Pete • Level 2 expert

    The way they handle hills and mud is staggeringly good, which makes them perfect for the majority of obstacle races, particularly for the speed freaks.

  • 78 / 100 by iRunFar • Kristin Zosel • Level 2 expert

    While I liked being close to the ground, on really uneven terrain my outside ankle bones (lateral malleolus) took a bit of a beating.

  • 82 / 100 by Men's Fitness • Men's Fitness • Level 1 expert

    Designed specifically for fell running (that’s mountain running) in foul winter weather, this mud- and snow-shredding shoe cuts weight with a fused—rather than sewn—construction.

  • 75 / 100 by Hunt Prep 365 • Pete • Level 1 expert

    If they fit you properly, this is THE shoe for early-season elk!

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Updates to Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 3

  • The 3rd version of the extremely popular Fellcross series is Salomon’s action to previous issues regarding upper durability. Salomon utilizes in this version a denser and tighter weave mesh to enhance the upper’s long lasting-performance. Although this upper is not water repellant, it does an effective job of keeping off light drizzle, dust, and powdery snow.
  • Salomon puts a premium on a seamless upper this time around. Welded and bonded overlays dominate the upper as opposed to the stitched versions of the prior model. The update provides excellent support and structure while the seamless upper lessens the dangers of irritation or hot spots.
  • The Fellcross 3 also improves the foothold of runners on the trail by doing two things. One, the last has been changed to a slightly narrower model to provide a secure hold on uneven terrain. Second, there is a continuous substantial overlay that stretches from the forefoot to the heel to really secure the foot, especially the heel.
  • The addition of the Endofit Sockliner, which is made of plush fabric, is another update that enhances the fit and comfort of this shoe.

Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 3 size and fit

Generally, the fit and sizing of this shoe resemble that of the prior version, except that it is a bit narrow in the forefoot due to the new last. Salomon markets the Fellcross 3 as having standard fit and length in men’s sizes. Runners with regular widths or narrow measurements should be able to get their most comfortable feeling in this shoe. Available sizes are from 4 to 15.


Outsole

The Contagrip outsole that is designed to tackle mud and snow with ease is the main feature in this part. Salomon uses aggressive lugs that are generously spaced apart. While the structure and configuration of the Chevron lugs deliver superior bite on mud and soft trail, the spacing of the lugs also allows the shoe to shed off mud naturally.


Midsole

Two midsole layers are utilized in this area. A lightweight EVA foam called LT Muscle by Salomon is the first layer for impact-absorption. The second part is a compression molded EVA that gives a bit of cushioning. It is not too soft, but just gives the right amount of cushioning with really good responsiveness.


Upper

The denser and more durable mesh fights off debris, light drizzle, and a little snow. Keeping off the elements is further enhanced by the gusseted tongue. For protection against bruising, a lightweight TPU material or a Rubber Toe Cap heads the forefoot. Salomon improves the step-in comfort and fit of the Fellcross 3 by introducing the Endofit Sockliner. Speed laces made of Kevlar make cinching easy and convenient.