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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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

Price
$130
Weight
Men: 10.9oz
Women: 9.2oz
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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 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Many runners loved the look and design of the 3rd version of the Salomon Speedcross.
  • The upper unit felt snug, but it didn’t strangle the foot; according the several testers, the fit was adequate.
  • It didn’t look bulky or overwhelming, which satisfied numerous trail runners.
  • The quick lacing system received a lot of praise because it allowed runners to adjust the fit quickly and easily.
  • Some consumers noted that the upper fabrics were able to stave off moisture satisfactorily.
  • The trail-optimized tread of the outsole unit provided reasonable grip on a variety of surfaces, according to trail runners.
  • The durability of this running shoe was commended by those who wrote that it stayed intact even after many off-road adventures.
  • Many reviewers wrote that the underfoot cushioning system of this version was reliable.
  • This shoe felt lightweight to a lot of consumers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Sections of the upper unit started to peel off, according to a tester; they wrote that it placed doubts when it comes to its overall durability.
  • The lacing system broke apart, reported a runner; they also added that putting on a new set of laces was difficult when it came to the Speedcross 3.
  • It felt narrow for a few runners.

Bottom line

The Salomon Speedcross 3 performed well, according to the comments of many runners. This trail shoe was able to take many testers on adventures and contests and they felt comfortable and secure while wearing it. They welcomed its trail-specific features because it allowed them to traverse different types of topography with ease. Contrarily, a few didn’t think that it was very durable and some felt that it was tight.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 2840 ratings

5 star
75%
4 star
16%
3 star
4%
2 star
2%
1 star
3%

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Expert Reviews

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87 / 100 based on 16 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 85 / 100 by The Ginger Runner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

    The shoe is also a bit narrow keeping my toes from splaying properly.

  • 88 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Kevin Fonger • Level 4 expert

    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.

  • 82 / 100 by iRunFar • Tom Caughlan • Level 4 expert

    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.

  • 88 / 100 by Pris Chew Dot Com • Priscilla • Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 87 / 100 by Shoe Tiles • Shoe Expert • Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 83 / 100 by Run And Become • Adrian Tarit Stott • Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 90 / 100 by PC Trail Runner • PC Trail Runner • Level 2 expert

    The outsole preforms very well in loose gravel or shale and is perfect for running up step hills or going down technical descents because it has both forward and backward facing lugs which make it great for climbing and braking.

  • 85 / 100 by Muddy Race • Rob Foulkes • Level 2 expert

    If you are prone to turning on your ankle, have knee problems, or weigh more than the average the Speedcros should be your choice.

  • 82 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Erik • Level 2 expert

    Of course you have Salomon’s fantastic build quality, and great comfort overall. The toebox is a bit narrow, and you may want to go up a 1/2 size if your feet tend to swell.

  • 90 / 100 by Impact Magazine • Pete Estabrooks • Level 1 expert

    These shoes are cushioned without the give that steals speed. Wrap that package with rugged lug traction and protective toecaps and you have my favourite for this trail season.

  • 89 / 100 by Jans • Patrick • Level 1 expert

    It is super cushy, and hugs your foot like a good friend. It feels very secure, especially the heel pocket, which gives you a lot of confidence that your foot is not going to be sliding around.

  • 88 / 100 by Pebble Shoo • Spring Mcclurg • Level 1 expert

    I have found that the tread wears out fairly quickly on Salomon shoes, but overall they are such a comfortable trail runner that I highly recommend them.

  • 86 / 100 by Ultra Nutrition • Toe • Level 1 expert

    Overall I am pleased with the SC. It will be a shoe that I may use when my feet are feeling particularly beat up, during a later part of a race or maybe on back to back runs or difficult two a days.

  • 85 / 100 by Hiking in Finland • Hiking in Finland • Level 1 expert

    The shoes dry reasonably fast. Because they have a bit of insulation - it’s not just mesh like the X-Talon - they keep moisture longer than the aforementioned shoes, but in cold weather - I have been wearing the Speedcross 3 throughout winter - they are warmer.

  • 75 / 100 by REI • Yitka Winn • Level 1 expert

    The Speedcross 3 does run on the warm side, so I found it better suited for cool days than hot ones.

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Updates to Salomon Speedcross 3

  • 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.
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Salomon Speedcross 3 size and fit

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.

Outsole

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper

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 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.