Who should buy the Salomon Speedcross 3

The Speedcross series is for trail runners who deal with the toughest terrains and conditions. The Speedcross 3 is likely to be a perfect match if you need:

  • range-topping grip on mud, loose ground, steep ascents and descents
  • all the protection you can get from toe bumps and debris
  • a highly durable trail shoe that will last 

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Who should not buy it

If you want the benefits of Salomon's best trail shoes but in a lighter setup, consider Salomon Sense Ride 4 or the Wildcross. Both weigh in at 10.2 oz (290 g) per shoe.

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Relentless grip on the trail

The trail-optimized tread of the shoe's Contagrip outsole provides superior traction on a variety of surfaces, according to many runners. They found its aggressive deep lugs highly effective on steep ascents and descents. Because the lugs are facing forward in the toes and have a reverse pattern in the heel, the shoe helps you grip both up- and downhill.

Salomon Speedcross 3 grip

"I felt that I could climb just about anything but ice," says a reviewer. Another one reports that the sole "ate up mud like a hoover." It is touted as one of the most confidence-inspiring trail shoes on the market.

Plenty of impact protection with the Speedcross 3

Many reviewers hail the underfoot cushioning system of this shoe, especially around the heel, as incredibly reliable. Here are some of their comments:

  • "plenty of cushion to absorb the impact on the downhills"
  • "first thing I noticed was that they seemed extremely springy"

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The Speedcross 3's enduring and protective construction

Testers find the Speedcross 3 super-durable. They say it has stayed intact even after many off-road adventures.

Salomon Speedcross 3 durable upper

The shoe's upper is made of tight-weaved ripstop nylon that is very hard to scratch or damage. What's more, it keeps the foot free from dirt and debris, as reported by the testers. "The most durable trail shoe upper I’ve ever worn," reports one of them.

The toe area is also reinforced with a rugged toe bumper which is praised for its protective characteristics. As a runner reports, it "saved [him] from some blackened toenails."

Shielding in light rain

Despite not being waterproof at all, this shoe staves off moisture satisfactorily.

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Lightness in every pair

While there are less weighty options out there, this trail runner, with its measly 300 g per-shoe weight, is deemed by scores of consumers as surprisingly light.

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Salomon Speedcross 3: A sexy looker

Many runners love the look and slender design of the 3rd version of the Salomon Speedcross.

Salomon Speedcross 3 look

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 10.9oz / Women 9.2oz
Drop: 11mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Salomon Speedcross 6
Forefoot height: 9mm
Heel height: 20mm

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