- February 3 2012
No slip shoe
You will not slip in these runners. This is the only pair I use for off pavement runs, because once you are used to this level of grip, it is unsettling to go back to a standard shoe. I've slipped once wearing these, on a smooth sheet of ice. They grab everything else. The fit is perfect too. They wrap right around your foot and the speed laces are the best I've ever used.
- December 29 2011
Perfect on mud and snow
After trying these on in the store, I was sold. The fit is superbe. The heel cup is narrow enough to hug my heels and ankle. They really seal off the ankle area. The toe box is just big enough that i can wiggle my toes but not cut off circulation. On the trails, they are so nimble and the outsole is so sticky that they gave me the confidence to go fast. They have a small footprint so i can land my feet in narrow spaces between rocks. I can make fast turns in them which really helps running on technical downhill trails. On uphill these are just as nice due to the light weight. The soft lugs are perfectly spaced to keep traction in mud but not collect it on the bottom. I've been running these in the snow, and due to the spiky lugs on the outsole (the shoes are marked "M+S"), they don't slide at all - and that's when my other half was wearing his fancy La Sportiva trail runners and complained that he takes one step forward and slide half a step back. Even though these are supposed to be racing shoes, the ride is cushy enough on trails. I can't really tell them apart from my Brooks Cascadia 6 in terms of cush (btw, these Salomons provide much more traction in mud and loose rocks than the Brooks). Supposedly they don't have cushioned midsole at the forefoot, but the soft lugs on the outsole make up for that. Make sure you don't use them on pavement too much - the soft lugs will wear off in no time.
- September 16 2011
Just like I had hoped
I have always found Salomon shoes to meet if not exceed what I expect out of a pair of shoes. The Speedcross 3s do not disappoint. The tread is gnarly, they fit great, super comfortable, and they look good too. The speedcross shoes will take anything you throw at them as long as it's on the trail. The one problem I had with my last pair (Speedcross 2's) was that the tread wore out pretty quick but I'm pretty sure that's my fault seeing as I started wearing them off the trail on sidewalks and casually which the tread was not designed for. But I came back for second pair and plan on keeping them a trail shoe and that's it. As or size I wear a 13 in the Salomons, a 13 in Nike, a 12.5 in Merrel, and a 13 in Asics so I would say they fit pretty true to size. Overall it's the best trail shoe I've ever worn just keep them off the sidewalks.