Who should buy the Salomon Speedcross 3

Built with sporty components, the Speedcross 3 springs into action where the going gets a bit tougher. You are this Salomon runner's target audience if:

  • You're looking for a shoe that provides superb rebound with fantastic adhesive prowess.
  • The routes you tackle feature dirt tracks and light elevations.
  • You negotiate mild-to-moderate inclines often.

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Who should not buy it

If you need a pair that gives enough room for toe splay, skip the Speedcross 3 and opt for the wide-toe-boxed Salomon Sense Ride 4 instead. Also, look in the direction of the Altra Lone Peak 5.0 if you prefer a runner that sports a more traditional closure.

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Salomon Speedcross 3: A sexy looker

Many runners love the look and slender design of the 3rd version of the Salomon Speedcross.

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Lightness in every pair

While there are less weighty options out there, this trail runner, with its measly 300 g per-shoe weight, is deemed by scores of consumers as surprisingly light.

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The Speedcross 3's enduring construction

Testers find the Speedcross 3 super-durable. They said it stayed intact even after many off-road adventures.

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Relentless grip on the trail

The trail-optimized tread of its Contagrip outsole provides sufficient tenacity on a variety of surfaces, trail runners say.

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The springiness of the Speedcross 3

Many reviewers hail the underfoot cushioning system of this shoe, especially around the heel, as incredibly reliable.

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Restriction in the front

Its narrowness, particularly around the forefoot, is a disappointment for a few runners.

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Shielding in light rain

This kick, despite not being waterproof at all, can stave off moisture satisfactorily.

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Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 310g / Women 260g
Drop: 11mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Salomon Speedcross 5
Forefoot height: 9mm
Heel height: 20mm

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