The outsole unit of this Salomon trail 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.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 10.9oz / Women 9.2oz
Drop: 11mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Salomon Speedcross 5
Forefoot height: 9mm
Heel height: 20mm

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