The Salomon Speedcross 3, one of the best trail runners around, is the subject of our review section this week. The story of the Speedcross series began in the early 2000s, a time when trail running was gaining popularity and enthusiasts were seeking footwear that could withstand the rigors of unpredictable terrains. The Speedcross 3 emerged as a trailblazer, redefining the expectations for trail running shoes. Designed to tackle even the most challenging paths, from muddy trails to rocky ascents, the Speedcross 3 was characterized by its iconic arrow-shaped lugs on the outsole, promising unparalleled traction and stability.

How They Fit 

As I first laced up the Salomon Speedcross 3, its rugged and purposeful design caught my eye. The arrow-shaped lugs on the outsole immediately conveyed its commitment to tackling challenging terrains head-on. The fit was notably snug, cradling my feet in a secure embrace that hinted at the stability these shoes could offer on uneven surfaces. The Quicklace system, a distinct feature, streamlined the fitting process while ensuring my laces stayed firmly in place throughout my runs. However, it’s important to note that while they run true to size,  the shoe tends to run slightly narrow. For those who prefer a little extra room

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Moving to the upper, the blend of synthetic materials and mesh overlays struck a balance between durability and breathability. The crisscross pattern of overlays not only added to the shoe’s sturdiness but also offered an extra layer of foot support. This was particularly appreciated on more technical trails where stability was essential. The mesh elements didn’t compromise on breathability; my feet remained pleasantly cool even during more strenuous runs in warmer conditions.

One standout feature of the upper was the Quicklace system, one that we were happy to test during our Salomon Speedcross 3 review. While it might take a couple of tries to get used to, the convenience it offered was undeniable. Adjusting the fit on the fly became a breeze, eliminating the need to stop and retie laces during the run. It was clear that the design of the Speedcross 3 was crafted with the runner’s experience in mind.

In comparison to some other trail running shoes, the Speedcross 3’s upper design stood out due to its commitment to protection. The overlays and mesh combination provided a sturdy fortress against debris, ensuring that rocks, sticks, and other trail hazards didn’t hinder my performance.

Sole Unit

The sole unit of the Salomon Speedcross 3 was the heart of its performance. The arrow-shaped lug pattern on the outsole was a testament to its prowess in providing exceptional traction. On various terrains, from loose gravel to damp forest floors, the outsole consistently offered a secure grip, allowing me to confidently navigate tricky sections.

One of the distinctive qualities of the Speedcross 3’s sole unit was its flat feel. While it might not offer the same level of springiness as some road running shoes, it provided stability and a direct connection to the ground. The midsole struck a balance between responsiveness and protection, cushioning my strides while still allowing me to feel the contours of the trail beneath my feet. It’s worth noting that if you’re used to heavily cushioned road running shoes, the transition might take some getting used to. However, for trail enthusiasts seeking a shoe that can handle rugged terrains while providing support, the midsole of the Speedcross 3 fits the bill.

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Bottom Line 

In conclusion of my Salomon Speedcross 3 review, this model encapsulates the essence of a reliable trail running shoe. From its unique arrow-shaped lug pattern to the snug upper design, every aspect is tailored to provide stability, grip, and protection on challenging trails. While the midsole might not offer the same plush cushioning as its road running counterparts, it excels in providing a stable foundation that connects you to the trail.

For trail runners and outdoor enthusiasts seeking a shoe that can tackle a variety of terrains with confidence, the Speedcross 3 remains a steadfast choice. At $130-$140 retail price is a far better shoe when compared with the Columbia Fairbanks lowASICS Venture 9, Nike Juniper 2 or the Nitrel V5 from New Balance.  Whether you’re conquering technical ascents, exploring wooded trails, or simply seeking a dependable partner for outdoor adventures, the Salomon Speedcross 3 is ready to accompany you on your journey.