So far during 2013 I have been blessed with all sorts of weather to test trail shoes. Rain, sleet and snow have been a constant companion on my runs and the one shoe that has been able to keep up with all the abuse that Mother Nature can dish out is the Speedcross3 from Salomon.
Having used the Speedcross2 previously I had high expectation for the 3rd version of this highly popular shoe. It did not disappoint.
First, the shoe itself has a very dense weave in the upper rip-stop nylon that does a decent enough job keeping the elements (and the physical environment) at bay. During some of my longer runs I rarely had numb toes even on the coldest and wettest runs.
The overlays that give the Speedcross3 its trademark look don’t seem to bother the interior of the shoe as they are welded seamlessly to the upper saving a bit on weight and aiding the quick draw lacing system.
With regard to the lacing system, although at first I had some issues dialing in my fit I found the lacing system to be very good overall. It was nice to have a way to quickly adjust the shoe without having to spend too much time messing around with a traditional lace. I do wonder if the lace itself could be a bit more elastic to give the foot a bit of freedom
The midsole and outsole of the shoe saw little change from the previous version of the shoe. The heel drop was reduced slightly down to 10mm. The injection-molded EVA in the mid foot of the shoe provides enough cushion to protect you when the trail gets more technical. Salomon also kept with the same chevron styled lug design. These thick, aggressive lugs do an excellent job providing you with traction on all kinds of terrain and weather conditions. Proper spacing of these lugs allows the undercarriage of the shoe to not collect mud and debris.
The Speedcross3 weighs in at about 11 ounces in a size 9 (US). Although this is a bit on the heavy side for a trail racing flat but you do gain added stability, protection and traction for that extra weight.
Overall the Salomon Speedcross3 has lived up to its predecessors in many ways and Salomon has done an admiral job updating this classic trail racer
- Excellent traction on varying surfaces
- Cushioning is excellent for a high mileage trainer
- Out of the box comfort
- Micro adjusting lacing for proper fit (static lace)
- No rock plate
~Keith Iskiw is a trail and ultra runner from Kingston, Ontario. Find his blog at http://keithiskiw.wordpress.com/