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  • Terrain
    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
    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 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.

    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.

  • Use
    Use

    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
    Price
    $160
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 12oz
    Women: 12oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 11mm
    Women: 11mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 29mm
    Women: 29mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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Summary

We spent 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The GORE-TEX membrane offers waterproof protection for the foot in any weather.
  • Water-resistant textiles make up the rest of the upper unit of the Speedcross 3 GTX, making sure that the foot stays dry and cool even when inside the shoe.
  • Runners were generally receptive of all the features that were included as a means to heighten the protection of the foot.
  • The cushioning system keeps the foot well-supported and cradled, ensuring a responsive ride.
  • The outsole unit is made up of the Mud and Snow Contagrip, a durable layer that functions well even on wet surfaces.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe break down after only a few months of use.
  • The outsole gripping lugs of the 3rd version of the Speedcross GTX were observed by some runners to break off easily.
  • Some felt that the arch needed additional support.
  • This is a heavy running shoe.

Bottom line

The Speedcross 3 GTX from Salomon is a well-known trail shoe that presents itself with effective systems and features that are meant for the trail runner. It has some support mechanics that keep the foot comfortable and cradled, while keeping performance consistent.

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Expert Reviews

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85 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

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Updates to Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX

  • Salomon’s very popular and high-performance trail shoe gets even more durable by adding a new ripstop upper. It is made of very strong material with enough flexibility to adapt well to the foot’s shape and movement.
  • The stitched overlay cupping the heel is slightly larger and sits lower than the past version. This new version cradles and wraps the heel very well. It will also add a bit of stability on the uneven trail.
  • Lastly, the outsole gets a minor modification by adding several little nubs on top of the arrow-shaped lugs. These will add more traction, especially on mud and snow.

Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX size and fit

Salomon stuck to what made the Speedcross line very popular by continuing the snug but non-restrictive fit throughout the shoe. There is also enough room in the toe box for the toes to naturally splay. Runners with medium widths can readily enjoy the standard D and B measurements. Sizing is fantastic as well as it is of normal length. Sizing is from 7.5 to 14 for the men’s and 5.5 to 11 for the women’s.


Outsole

The outsole uses Wet Contagrip technology that delivers incredible traction even in mud and snow. Salomon utilizes arrow-shaped lugs facing opposite directions for a truly versatile grip. Placing nubs on several parts of the aggressive 5mm lugs is a very neat way of enhancing grip on the most difficult and challenging trails.


Midsole

Salomon mixes standard injection-molded EVA and its proprietary LT Muscle midsole foam. The midsole produces a really nice blend of responsiveness and cushioning for short or ultra-long runs.


Upper

The Gore-Tex waterproof membrane keeps off water with still enough breathability for cool and dry runs. A new ripstop upper adds durability while keeping the shoe well-ventilated. The Sensifit technology is basically the combination of the overlays, the lace, and the midsole to provide a secure and very comfortable fit. A Kevlar-made string allows runners to adjust runners to find their best fit in an instant.