User Review: Salomon Men's SpeedCross 3
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $108
Comfort out of the box, ultralight and feel amazing. The forward traction is second to none in snow, on dry and wet dirt, sand etc. Breathable and speedlace is awesome.
- Speedlacing is epic
- Downhill traction
- Snow is a problem
I was replacing my worn trail runners which I use mainly for backpacking trips with maybe 200 miles on them. The Speedcross 3 looked too low profile, like there wasn't enough cushioning, but looks are deceiving. They felt better than most of the bulkier style shoes on the shelf.
I add Superfeet footbeds to all my hikers and the standard footbed was so thin and smooth, I actually threw it on top of my SF because it just felt so good. lol. It also helps air out soles when needed since you have a spare set.
That takes me to the recent trip in Sequoia where I ended up for 5 days in the snow racking in 30 miles with 45lb. pack. Wishing I had waterproof boots or gaiters, but ya. The forward traction was like velcro. Watched two others with trail runners sliding here and there and I was walking up walls. Snow, dirt, rock, granite, mud, ice all handled with ease. A little slick on wet smooth rock and wet barkless tree crossings, but that's it.
The lacing is awesome, and even when loose all the way, the laces never touch the ground keeping them clean and dry. No loose dangling laces ever again. There's a little tab that allows you to use as a one finger handle to open the small pocket that houses the toggle and lace itself when tightened. Fast and easy, and never had laces loosen like some claimed.
Being in snow, I wish I had a waterproof version, but they aren't made for snow and I rarely backpack in it anyways. They do dry fast because of the same breathability that allows moisture in so that's a plus. The downhill traction is not as good as uphill, and I think they need to throw a few reverse chevron lugs into the front 60% of the bottom to fix this.
Overall the best trail running shoe I've found and I would highly, and I mean highly recommend for your dirt hikes or backpacking adventures.