The Salomon Speedcross 3 is not your average trail running shoe and definitely not for the faint-hearted! The first thing you notice about the Speedcross 3 is the aggressive lug pattern on the bottom of the shoe. The traction on this shoe is unbelievable, when going up steep hills the lugs provides superior traction gripping on anything you step on! On downhill sections the lugs have a reverse climb pattern on the heel to allow for you to slow down when the terrain is too steep and still descent with confidence.
The upper of the Salomon Speedcross 3 is made of a tight weaved rip stop nylon that keeps the dirt and debris out while allowing the foot to breath easily. The bed of the shoe is made with superb cushioning Ortholite, but whilst being very comfortable it absorbs water more than some other foam foot beds, this causes some drainage problems especially in wet conditions. The Speedcross 3 is fitted with Salomon’s Quicklace system and with enlarged lace pockets, the excess laces tucks away easily and stays put!
Salomon lowered the heel drop on the shoe from 12mm to 9mm but kept the stack height the same with only the heel being lower. Noticeably absent in the design is a rock plate but with generous cushioning, the Speedcross 3 gave my feet more than enough protection on some rocky and technical single track at Kingskloof and also this shoe has plenty of toe protection which is perfect for those rock kickers out there. Despite the large lugs on the outsole the Speedcross 3 didn’t have trouble getting rid of any mud or small stones. The lugs are large with more than enough space between them not to catch unnecessary debris out on the trails.
The Speedcross 3 weighs in at about 308g but doesn’t completely fit into the minimalist or racing shoe category. The Speedcross 3 qualifies as a technical trail shoe and will not disappoint! With aggressive grip and funky looks the Salomon Speedcross 3 is truly a great shoe for the serious trail runner!
Suggested Price: R1300.00