DiscontinuedUpdate: Salomon Speedcross 5
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.
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WeightMen: 10.9ozWomen: 9.2oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 11mmWomen: 11mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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Heel heightMen: 20mmWomen: 20mm
Forefoot heightMen: 9mmWomen: 9mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal, Wide
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87 / 100 based on 14 expert reviews
Whether or not you are a crazy ultra runner like Kilian Jornet or just a fan of these kick ass shoes, I feel that Salomon has succeeded in producing a shoe that is able to be loved by everyone.
After running through rivers and a mile of water, I found the shoes to drain and dry out about average compared to other trail running shoes.
However, from the durable comes hot feet. I was reminded of this recently when I wore some very thin Merino wool socks with the Speedcross's on a 65-degree day.
A high-performance trail running shoe that is supposed to help you run fast on any terrain’, the Salomon SpeedCross 3 is a durable shoe that offers plenty of cushioning regardless off whether you are running on muddy single tracks, dusty roads or even snow fields.
Well-spaced but substantial lugs both in the heel and forefoot offer great traction on all off-road terrain and the lugs shed mud easily.
All in all although the Speedcross is slightly heavier than some dedicated trail shoes I have worn in the past, and also from its looks it seems to be slightly higher profile, it did not feel at all heavy.
- Traversing the trails is part of the main purposes of the 3rd iteration of the Salomon Speedcross. It’s a soft ground running shoe that’s made to cater to neutral runners. If runners want a reliable shoe for their off-road adventures and races, then this one is sure to deliver. Made from quality components, this shoe keeps the runner performing their best during their running sessions on the paths.
- Anti-debris fabrics make the upper unit highly defensive against the potentially irritating and damaging objects that are found in the great outdoors. Dust, rocks and other trail debris won’t be able to enter the shoe because it’s closed construction keeps them at bay. Breathability is still part of its service. It’s also able to resist mild water infiltration, and provide anti-microbial properties to the interior chamber.
- The underfoot cushioning system of the Salomon Speedcross 3 utilizes a full-length cushioning system that responsibly carries the foot and keeps it comfortable, especially when traversing uneven terrain. The platform is plush and responsive, and a compound found here is also specifically made to absorb impact forces when striking on the ground.
- Multi-surface traction is afforded by the outsole unit of this running shoe, which is comprised of durable rubber and gripping lugs that face different directions. The sturdy nature of the rubber compound allows the outsole to shield the rest of the mid-sole from the damaging effects of surface friction and continued use. The gripping lugs deliver traction when tackling the uphill climbs and downhill traversals.
The Salomon Speedcross 3 is true to its size. It comes in sizes that adhere to the regular measurements for length. Men and women are going to be able to get the right one for them because of such a standard. The available width is medium, so it is able to welcome those who have medium sized feet. Runners are even able to fit well into it because it has a semi-curved or foot-like shape.
The outsole unit of this running shoe makes use of Mud and Snow Contagrip, a high quality compound that is able to protect the shoe from debris and abrasive surfaces. It doesn’t peel off easily, so it stays efficient even after many uses. Gripping lugs that face different directions allow the outsole to hold onto a variety of surfaces with ease. It is even able to hold onto mud and snow, and the runner won’t be worried about losing control or sliding from the ground. Surface control is attained.
Injected EVA and Molded EVA work to provide reliable underfoot cushioning to the wearer. It carries the foot well, keeping it well-cushioned during impact, preventing discomfort or uneasiness. It doesn’t have a stiff nature, thus allowing the foot to feel some springiness with each step. The LT Muscle is a lightweight unit that is meant to absorb the impact forces during the striking phase. Landing the foot on the ground becomes smoother, easier and less taxing to the wearer. The Ortholite sock liner adds a bit more cushioning to the immediate underfoot area. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-moisture properties, keeping the interior environment clean and healthy for the foot.
The Anti-Debris Mesh is an upper fabric that is made to shield the interior of the Salomon Speedcross 3 from the harmful nature of trail debris. Dust, small rocks and other object won’t get the chance to infiltrate the shoe, but the air is still allowed to enter, thus keeping it breathable. The textiles used here are also water-resistant. It is helpful when it comes to traversing wet surfaces and running under conditions that are damp. A dry interior keeps the foot safe from odor and the shoe free from excess weight caused by water. The Mud Guard that’s placed right at the base of the shoe keeps mud off, maintaining a clean and clear façade. The Quicklace system which is also present in the shoe's latest version, the Salomon Speedcross 5, does away with the tedium of tying shoelaces in knots that might even potentially be unraveled during the running sessions. One tug of the durable crisscrossing cable and the fit is immediately customized. The Sensifit overlay system is connected to the lacing system. When the shoelace is tightened or loosened, the upper also follows suit, thus delivering an easy-to-perceive snug coverage that’s also secure.