Verdict from 4 experts and +100 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • The water repellent textile in the upper of the Speedcross 3 CS provides a semi-waterproof protection.
  • It has a mudguard technology at the base of the shoe.
  • Most runners mentioned that the 3rd version of the Speedcross CS offered great underfoot comfort.
  • It features a quick lacing system for easy-on and easy off.
  • The upper comes with an anti-debris mesh.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Available at a slightly expensive price.
  • Some runners took note that some materials tore off quicker than expected.
  • Size runs small and it is way too narrow for some runners.

Bottom line

Bring speed and quality performance to the trails with the Speedcross CS 3 from Salomon. The protective upper, weather protection and aggressive tread are the things this running shoe offers to the trail runners. This shoe is ideal for short runs and daily running.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Good to know

  • The upper of the Salomon Speedcross 3 CS was updated, giving runners more protective and comfortable features for an improved running experience. It features the brand’s ClimaShield, a waterproof membrane that keeps the foot drier while running on snow or wet conditions.
  • The shoe comes with an impressive traction through its Mud and Snow Contagrip outsole with 9 metal spike spins. The outsole is designed to dig in deep on soft or snowy grounds.

The Salomon Speedcross 3 CS is a unisex shoe that is available in standard men’s size. Women should subtract 1.5 from the actual running shoe size. It is roomy in the forefoot with a snug midfoot feel for a more lockdown fit on the uneven terrain. Salomon is offering this shoe in a standard D width.

Same as in the popular Salomon Speedcross 5, the outsole of the Speedcross 3 CS utilizes the brand’s Mud and Snow Contagrip outsole with aggressive lug pattern that dig in deep on soft grounds. It comes with a 9 metal spike spins for excellent traction.

The shoe and its base version, the Salomon Speedcross 3 uses the traditional injected and molded EVA that is extended in the entire midsole for enough underfoot cushioning. The brand’s LT muscle, a lightweight EVA midsole foam, helps absorbs shock during impact and gives a resilient cushioning for a more responsive ride.

Anti-debris mesh is used in the upper of the Salomon Speedcross 3 CS that delivers a breathable coverage. It keeps debris out while keeping the foot cool and dry. It works perfectly with the brand’s ClimaShield membrane that is quick drying in nature and has the capacity to repel water. It keeps foot drier and gives added protection to the foot.

The shoe features the brand’s quick lacing system that gives secure fit and facilitates the easy entry and exit of the foot. It comes with the lace pockets that tucked up the laces out of the way during the entire run.

The zip gaiter gives foot protection by keeping debris and water from entering the shoe while the ankle pads give protection to the lower leg against debris and ice.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.