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For your quick, calculated steps during a race or heart-pounding solo mountain loop.

The race course may follow a long and winding mountain trail, but you welcome each coming mile thanks to the aggressive, lightweight Salomon SpeedCross 3 Trail Running Shoe. With less bulkiness to slow you down, this race trail shoe provides just enough cushioning and and excellent grip to keep your strides strong and true whether or not you're racing toward an established finish line.

  • The Lightweight Muscle chassis features two layers of EVA in the midsole for reducing the constant impact of running, without more junk to slow your pace
  • Mud, slick rock, and fresh snow are no problem thanks to the non-marking Mud & Snow ContaGrip rubber outsole sticking you to the terrain
  • An anti-debris mesh and water-resistant textile upper with mud guard help you master the trail, even if it's not in perfect condition
  • Sensifit outer design uses a one-pull Quicklace system to ensure the shoe wraps tightly around your foot and doesn't move throughout your many miles on the trail
  • Ortholite footbed cradles your foot with shaped foam and an EVA heel cup for additional impact absorption

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2 5

Narrow toe box

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I was very excited to get this shoe and to have the Salomon lacing system. IT works great on my skate ski boots and wanted this convenience in my hiking shoe. Bought this shoe to use while backpacking. Out of the box this shoe felt comfortable but while hiking developed blisters behind my second ray (despite frequent stops and changing out socks at lunch time). After second hike in Oregon Cascades these are going to Goodwill. (would have returned but past 30 day return time) The toe box is too narrow for my averaged width foot. I have never had this problem before. Going back to my Brook Cascadia's!

5 5

I found MY shoe

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

i have run up and down the most technical trails in the spanish pirinees with these shoes, run through snow patches in the summer near summits, run through glaciers, hiked up the highest peaks in the pirinees (Monte Perdido, Aneto, Taillon) and wore these shoes when everyone was wearing boots... No swelling, blisters or smelly feet! I am a forefoot runner and these worked great. Excellent traction but when I busted some of the rubber blocks on the sides and in the forefoot and i thought i was going to loose all traction.... but the rubber itself is so sticky i could put in some more alpine runs in them! Also very light and the do not feel bulky. Only flaw, they do not wick out the sweat too good but they do dry off fairly quickly when you take them off, but even though, they are the best shoes i have ever tried and i do not want to try anymore!

4 5

Picture me Trail Rollin

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Comfortable and ever-so-slightly longer fit to size for average to narrow feet(size 9.5 gave me a little extra toe room than other brands 9.5). Toe area is very responsive and overall a light weight shoe that is great for trail running. The tread pattern surprised me the most...almost rubber cleat-like that tears up dirt and sand. Fabric and outside sole seem pretty built up and can take some abuse.

My only complaint is that the heel area is a little stiff and bulky and I don't know what to do with the pull cord other than tuck the excess in the side.

Gecko Green and Bottle Green colors are sport'n!

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Oh man! had to comment about the pull cord before you start putting miles on these shoes tucking them on the side when there is a great feature for this on the shoe i'm pretty sure. Is there not a pouch at the top of the tongue for tucking the excess in?

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Just found it! Thank you!!!!!

5 5

My favorite shoes for soft terrain

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I have these and the s-lab xt 5. The latter are no longer available on BC.
The speed cross 3 has incredible lugs and great grip, much better than the xt 5 (which is also pretty cool). As mentioned in other reviews, the forefoot is slightly narrower but I have a big ole forefoot and I did not have any trouble with the breakin.
The grip is phenomenal in all conditions although I don't think I'd use this on hard surfaces. I pair these with gaiters and they work great.
The lift is slightly high for modern shoes and it does feel a little odd after running in Hokas or Altras but it's no biggie.
Plus they look super sweet (I have the white ones with granny green and I look remarkably stylish if I do say so myself.

5 5

Spartan Tough

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I purchased these specifically to run Spartan Races, I was not disappointed. Other people were slipping and sliding on muddy hills and loose gravel... I couldn't get these to break traction during any of my races....ever. I finally managed to slip them a little bit on a training run on a very loose, dry and very steep downhill...once. The knobs on the sole are much deeper than other Salomon trail shoes I've seen. I don't get much snow around here but I suspect these would have great traction in the white stuff. I have the ClimaShield and a regular pair but since Spartan Races frequently run thru water, the CS is kind of useless for that purpose, tho they do drain fairly well. Plenty or room in the toe box and never a blister even during a Beast....
Great shoe if it fits you properly! Because my feet swell after a good run I get a half size larger.

4 5

Love em.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Pretty great shoe for running in less than assuring conditions. Ive been running a lot on snow in these puppies and the treads on them are fantastic. I like the laceless tops and the pull cord to tighten, although I wouldnt mind having laces either.. Not sure what the advantage is there.

These shoes seem to run a little narrow, and the break in period for my wide ole flappy feet has been a little painful. People with wide feet should take this into consideration. They do break in eventually, and running through the pain is character building.
Happy trails.

5 5

Nice Trail Runner

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

First Pair and I would defiantly buy another. They perform well on and off road. They are holding up nicely.

5 5

Great performance! Comfortable fit.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I use my SpeetCross3s in a variety of settings but primarily as a field hockey umpire. I work on multiple surfaces- water based astroturf, sand based, grass (mud), and sport turf (like US football fields). I do a lot of run, jog, sprint/hard stop/direction change running as well as sideways and backwards running. It's very hard on shoes and I have NEVER had a pair of shoes that works on every surface and has lasted more than a few months until I tried out my last pair of SC3s. I LOVE them. I also do some trail running and hiking here in Colorado and they haven't failed in any aspect. My first pair is still going strong but when I saw the same size and color (has to be mostly black) on sale, I had to buy another pair b/c I'm sure EVENTUALLY the ones I'm wearing will give up the ghost.
Technically, the quick ties are brilliant. They haven't loosened up while I'm abusing the shoes. The sole and foot bed is very flexible but sturdy and it gives well well with twisting and torque without giving up support.

I've found they run true to size but the toe box is wider than it might appear in image. I have wide toes and I love these b/c I have yet to lose a toenail wearing them. If you have narrow feet, they may run larger (as others have commented).

4 5

Runs Big

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large

I have had a couple other pairs of Salomons (The XA mids and XA low) and these run a good half size bigger. I thought some thicker socks would make up the difference, but it's too much, they are noticeably bigger for some reason. Bummed cuz I have a couple runs in them already, so I am outta luck!

Traction wise they are fantastic in anything wet, snow or mud. I would go with something else for bone dry trails though.

5 5

New kickers

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large

So far I've only run only twice with the Speedcross3. Having been used to 4mm offset trail shoes with fairly slim outsole, I find these standing a bit tall. This forces me to adjust my stride and go from forefoot to mid foot strike. This is not as much of a problem, as I got these for longer and more technical runs and mid foot is just fine.

I also find them half a size bigger than I'd normally go for when first put on. Though my foot seems to spread quite nicely with a few miles into my run and the shoe begins to feel just fine.

I love the grip through muddy single tracks.

Looking for a good winter trail runner,...

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Looking for a good winter trail runner, running on snow most of the time. Is this a good option?

5 5

Great shoes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I have two pair of these and have been very pleased. I usually wear a size 10 in most shoes but in these I had to go up half a size. I have bought both of mine on sale so if you get the chance these are a no brainer.

5 5

Best Trail Running shoes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I think this are the best Trail Running Shoes on the market, great grip, confortable and extreme light.

5 5

SpeedCross 3, third pair.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

I simply love this shoe. Great grip, nice design, light, durable.
In fact I like so much this piece of gear that I am using my third pair right now.
I hope Salomon plan to maintain this shoe available for long time...

SpeedCross 3,  third pair.
5 5

The. Best. Shoe. Ever.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I've worn these shoes every day for over two years and they're still holding up. I've run long trails, hiked long hikes, used them as approach shoes for climbing, and even done some running on the road. The toe cap started peeling back a couple weeks ago- nothing a bit of shoe goo can't fix and the tread is almost gone at this point but honestly I could probably use these shoes for my everyday for a long time before they're totally destroyed. All in all best shoe purchase I've ever made.

5 5

Favorite Running Shoes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

I love these shoes! I originally purchased a pair after hearing a friend praise them and I am glad I did. I wear them for short runs, long runs, and even trail marathons.
The tread on the bottoms of these shoes is exceptional and gives you added confidence when running over sketchy terrain. The tread on my shoes had held up really well over time.
These shoes do fit a little bit tighter than other running shoes, and could even be called a narrower fit shoe, but I like the added stability and support that gives. It took me a few runs to get used to the fit, but I came to love them.
My favorite aspect of these shoes is the Quicklace system which allows you to quickly and securely tie you shoes, with no tying needed. They cinch up quick and make an easy way to get out of your shoes fast after a race. I raced in these several weeks ago in the Skyline Mountain Marathon and they were great. The race was uphill and then downhill for the second half and their snug fit kept my toes from falling off on the downhill.
These are excellent trail running shoes and will give you the confidence and stability you need to stay on your feet.

5 5

My quest is complete.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

For the past 2 years I have been searching for "my shoe." My shoe 10 years ago was the Montrail Vitness... I have tried 6 different shoes.... NONE tame my plantar facilitates, hug my feet, cushion my feet, give me traction, cool my feet, easy to lace and all around comfort like Solomon Speedcross 3!!! Wake up, Kick Ass, Repeat!!! These shoes are the best... I am on my 4th pair and hope they do not go away..... these shoes are soft, pliable, tough and comfortable..... my only complaint... need a light weight plate in the sole so you do not feel the pebbles....

Peace out.... Tom

Bright!

Bright!

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Get compliments all the time on the color.

5 5

Great in the desert!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I have now used these shoes 5 or 6 times for 35+ miles on Arizona trails and they work great! I have had no issues at all and even haven't had to use gaiters as they do a great job keeping out any little pebbles. Always get compliments on the colors and the tread. They give me great grip going up hills on Arizona desert trails. Good ventilation as well, even after a 7 mile run in the Arizona summer heat my feet feel nice and fresh.

Great in the desert!

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