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Stay light on your feet and move fast across rugged terrain on race day.

Salomon created the SpeedCross 3 Trail Running Shoe for women who can't stand to run on the pavement when they race on foot. Comprised of lightweight uppers and a flexible midsole and outsole, this shoe offers ample protection from hazards on the trail and an aggressive design that helps you move fast. Slide your foot inside and you'll immediately fall in love with the contoured and supportive fit, and just a single pull of the QuickLace tab tightens the laces and locks your foot in place. Running on the trail means that you're bound to encounter some sloppiness, so Salomon gave this shoe water-resistant textile, a mud guard, and large, traction-happy lugs.

Salomon divides its running shoes into a number of different collections: the XS for speed in all conditions, the XR for performance training, and the XT for all-terrain running. This shoe, the SpeedCross 3, belongs to the XS collection, which makes it ideal for blazing through tough terrain from late spring to early fall. Runners who want even more weather protection than this shoe offers might prefer the Speedcross 3 CS, which comes with a waterproof breathable membrane in the forefoot to keep your foot dry when you're faced with rain, mud, and the like.

  • Fit is optimized for the shape and size of a woman's foot
  • Upper is comprised of a combination of breathable mesh for comfort in hot weather and durable textile that's supportive and lightweight
  • Anti-debris mesh keeps dirt and sticks from finding their way to your toes, and rugged mud guards lend extra durability and protection
  • Feather construction and LT muscle chassis combine to create a stable platform that's also relatively light for the amount protection it offers
  • External Sensifit structure wraps from the top of the outsole to the top of the instep, locking the foot in place once your laces are tightened
  • Ortholite sockliner provides extra cushion and maximum comfort
  • Quicklace lacing system allows you to secure the laces and get a nice, even fit with just a pull of a single cord at the front; lace security tab tucks into a small pocket on top of the tongue so it won't flap around when you're on the move
  • 11mm drop (heel-forefoot offset) offers a more traditional running shoe feel and supports runners who naturally heelstrike (or prefer to) when running
  • Molded EVA midsole provides cushioning and shock absorption
  • Aggressive, non-marking Contragrip rubber treads help you keep traction on slippery surfaces

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5 5

The only shoe I wear!

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

These are by far my favorite running shoe!!! I trail run about 4-5 days a week and occasionally run a few on the road. I have terrible SI joint dysfunction and these are the only shoe I can comfortably wear for more than a few miles (walking or running). I have significant wear on the outside treads on my shoes after about 50-60 miles due to my stride ( I supinate) After about 150 miles I swap them out for my every day casual shoe and purchase a new pair for running. I am currently on my 3rd pair!

Tread is wearing slightly...

Tread is wearing slightly...

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4 5

Will these out-last the competition?

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

I bought these for my girlfriend. She has initial impressions about the running sneaker and it's overall performance.

We trail run together every day, around 5 miles per day, give or take. We've limited our runs to trails in Acadia National Park and though some of the trails here in Maine can include a wide variety of harsh terrain and granite rock, this shoe has been used ONLY in the environment it was intended.

That being said, she hasn't used this sneaker on pavement whatsoever. Even when approaching trails from the vehicle she has been mindful-walking on the side of the road to keep from damaging the rubber. So you could say she has been careful with the shoes and respectful of their purpose.

She has logged approximately 40-50 miles in the past couple weeks and has noticed the rubber on the bottom is steadily wearing. The tiny knobs attached to the traction are dissipating quickly and even though this is to be expected, we have doubts the shoe will last for distance, cross country/trail runners.

Also, the quick tie system is a great feature on the shoe, but she's noticed her prominent right side has started to slip, allowing the shoe to loosen during runs. Though this is a slight amount of slippage, runners can relate that stopping to retie shoes during exercise can be nauseating. It hasn't been a big enough problem at this juncture to warrant serious malfunction, but it may happen over time. This concerns her.

The orthopedic nature of the shoe is fantastic! My girlfriend has suffered past knee injuries while running and this shoe has allowed her to run longer/harder, without discomfort, so you could say Solomon hit a home-run when designing the orthopedic inner.

The shoe breathes well also and though the rubber on the bottom is in question, the durability of the shoe seems solid on the outer.

Overall decent shoe, but will it last after months of running?

(Pics-taken during trail runs and after/60-70mi by our approximation)

Will these out-last the competition?
4 5

Really good trail shoe

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

Very comfortable supportive foot bed, super fun colors, great traction - I'm happy trail running or hiking in them. I always go up one size in a running shoe, the size 8 fit true to size. My only gripe is the lacing system. The "pocket" for tucking away the extra tail wasn't super intuitive for me and while the system is kinda entertainingly novel, I don't know that it beats out a good old classic lace.

5 5

FAVORITE TRAIL SHOE!

  • Gender: Female
  • Fit: True to size

This is hands down my FAVORITE trail running shoe! I love the beefy, gripy soles. They hold onto even the steepest, wettest trail with ease. They feel super snug around my heel, which I've never had in a running shoe before but now I am obsessed with! The quick lace system is also new to me, but I enjoy it!

The top mesh fabric is meant to help protect you from the muddy trails and is great for that! Its not the most breathable and can definitely get hot in the heat of the summer. I have accepted this and am fine with it purely because of how good these feel! I recommend these to all our trail running, speed hiking enthusiasts out there! Nice work Salomon!

This shoe fits true to size, so if you are between and 7.5 and 8 but most of your shoes are a 7.5 go with the 7.5.

FAVORITE TRAIL SHOE!

I use the shoes for hiking and several of...

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I use the shoes for hiking and several of the treads ripped off. Anyone else have this problem?

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Hey,

These lugs are designed to really dig into snow or muddy surfaces. If you are running on harder impact surfaces you will start sheering these lugs off. If you are on more mixed terrain or hard surfaces you might want a shoe with a sole more like the XA Pro ( SAL3136 )

5 5

My new boyfriend is Firefly Green

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

I love this shoe. I've been wanting to get it for months and finally pulled the trigger. So worth it, great aggressive tread for these Utah trails and the spring mud/snow! The color is intense but it's a great design and it's a good fit. It's a slightly snug fit until you walk around or even run in them. I have a pretty average foot, not wide or narrow. I always wear a ten in women's shoes. I wear a ten in these with ease. Even for a 2 or 3 mile trail they feel great and are really light.

My new boyfriend is Firefly Green
5 5

The best shoe EVER!

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

I have been running and racing on trails and in the mountains for almost 5 years now and have therefore "tested" many different running shoes from various brands, and this is the best trail running shoe ever! It has a perfect fit to my foot, with incredible tread, all while being super light and comfortable. Going both uphill and downhill on various terrain, I feel stable and light on my feet. This is truly an incredible shoe!

Dumb question...haha. Do these stretch...

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Dumb question...haha. Do these stretch out at all? I usually wear an 8 or 8.5, I bought an 8 but they feel kind of narrow on one foot. Just wondered if they stretch or if I should get the 8.5?

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I have the men's version of these and have been running in them since late in the spring and have not found them to stretch at all.

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That's helpful as I'm going to order a pair for my girlfriend soon. Thanks Arthur! I actually think we met while camping/climbing this last winter in Joe's Valley-too funny! We're all gear whores after all...

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I'm a mid-foot striker, I pronate, have pretty bad ankles (prone to sprains), and am concerned about the 11mm drop since I'm transitioning from zero drop (Vibrams). How do you think these would fare for me? I'm looking for a warmer option for cold winter trail running. Thanks!

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Jen,
Personally I think the Salomon SpeedCross 3 Trail Running Shoe is an excellent winter trail shoe option.

However, at 11mm that is a big leap from the zero-drop shoes you have been wearing. If it hasn't been that long since you wore a more traditional drop shoe you should be fine, but if you have been away for a long time I would suggest starting with something in the 5-9mm range.

Some examples include The North Face Ultra Guide, the Saucony ProGrid Peregrine 3, or the Salomon XR Crossmax 2.

5 5

Time tested and approved!

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

My wife has these sneakers. She says they are true to size. The toe box is average to large sized - which works well for her. She has done lots of trail runs in the Tetons on the Arrow Trail, Crest Trail, and Grand Targhee Trails, etc...: she says these sneakers hold up in colder fall or wintery conditions (even without the Gortex) and have great sole stability and fabulous traction - even when climbing on wet or loose conditions. This is her third pair of Salomon sneakers; she wont go for anything else. She also gets alot of comments on the color - people love them!

5 5

All around great shoe!

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

I love my speedcross3 shoes! I use them from anything from trail running, to hiking with a heavy pack. They work great for most all conditions. I have used these on hikes where there was snow, mud and rocks and I felt confident in all conditions. I have a wide foot, so I was hesitant at first but I ordered a .5 size up and they fit very well. The speedcross 3 shoes, never gave me blisters, even right out of the box! Always a bonus.

5 5

Awesome shoe!

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

I bought these because I do a lot of mud runs and I quickly discovered that my normal running shoes were not for such runs. I love these shoes and can't say enough good things about them. I just did the Tough Mudder this past weekend and these shoes worked great. If you are doing any obstacle course or off trail running I would highly recommend these shoes because they are worth every penny. They do run big. I typically wear a size 9. However, I wear a 9.5 in most all running shoes. In the SpeedCross 3, I wear a 8.5 and they fit perfect.

5 5

These shoes rule

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

I've had these shoes for over a year, and I love them. I bought them for hiking in the Wasatch range, and have put a lot of miles into them. No complaints whatsoever. They're light, grippy, comfortable, and durable. They were comfortable from day 1 and are equally as comfortable now. I was worried the wimpy looking laces might break, but they haven't.
My only caution would be to not make them your street shoes... the tread on the bottom is really soft and grippy, so pavement strips them pretty quickly. That said, I'll definitely be buying another pair.
I normally size up to a 9.5 for running shoes, but I bought these in a 9 (my street shoe size) and they fit.

5 5

Love these fantastic shoes!!

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

Great snug but comfy fit after returning for a half size smaller than my normal size. Impressed with the way the Ortholite insert supported a partially torn ligament in my arch. A great shoe for both my trail runs and day hikes.

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