The Men’s Salomon Speedcross 3
Want a great, aggressive, and well-made hiking shoe? Get the Salomon Speedcross 3, Speedcross 4, or Speedcross 5.
The Salomon Speedcross 3 is the older version of the shoe but is still available from some vendors. I purchased this shoe from Amazon slightly over a year ago to replace my Salomon Wingflyte II – Read that review HERE.
Salomon has marketed this shoe as a trail running shoe, but I feel that the shoe is better served as a light hiking/day hiking shoe rather than a runner.
The aggressive tread and stiffer sole are the reasons I feel this way. Now, if you run on trails with rocky, uneven surfaces, mud, or other unpredictable surfaces, then maybe I could see using this shoe for that purpose, but I still think you will find it too stiff for a running shoe.
However, this shoe does work very nicely in the light hiker category, which is how I have been using it here in the Midwest on trails that are slightly rocky with an occasional tree root, and moderate to mild elevations. No large or loose rocks, mud only when it rains, and of course only snow for two months of the year.
- Synthetic nylon upper with debris resistance material for easy, wipe off cleaning.
- Material breaths easy and stays cool
- Aggressive sole
- Ortholite inserts
- Quicklace laces – A key selling point for me. Love them
- Contragrip – supposedly provides better traction on snow or slippery surfaces
- Love the feel of this shoe on my foot. Tighten up the Quicklace laces and away you go. Very comfortable shoe
- Great for light hiking with little to no gear being packed.
- Moderate weight – Salomon markets these as a “lightweight trail-runner”. I disagree. These weigh in at 1lbs 6oz – that’s on the heavy side for the category. This is a Like and Dislike – I liked it for its weight as a hiking shoe rather than a runner. My legs would be exhausted in short order trying to run in these things.
- Easy to clean – A quick swipe with a damp cloth and you’re good to go.
- Aggressive sole for traction AND no annoying rocks are getting stuck in these things.
- Love the Quicklace – can’t say enough about these. Have had two pair of Salomon shoes with Quicklace and have not had a failure yet. Maybe a problem if you did have a failure because I’m not sure how you would re-lace one, or if Salomon even makes a replacement.
- Size was spot on – Shoes made in Vietnam seem to be more consistent than some other locations.
- Very durable shoe – buy a pair and they’ll last you a while.
- Weight – Again, I think this is subjective. I liked the firmer feel for hiking but I could not run in these things with the weight at about 22oz.
- Stiff feel and have not relaxed at much. I have at least 50 miles or so on mine and are still pretty stiff.
- Ortholite inserts could provide a little softer feel. You might want to automatically purchase a replacement insert for these.
I purchased the Speedcross 3 over a year ago and they were already onto the next version of the shoe, the Speedcross 4. As of the writing of this review, the Speedcross 5 is available. Essentially the same shoe with only minor changes or enhancements.
As I mentioned earlier, you may still be able to find some Speedcross 3 models available, but most likely you will find the Speedcross 4 and 5. I purchased my Speedcross 3 for about $80 US dollars.
A quick Amazon search for Speedcross 3 did not return a result but that does not mean you cannot still find a pair. Most likely, you’ll be finding Speedcross 4 in stock at a price range at about $125 – $130 US dollars. That is about average, and I would opt for Speedcross 4 until prices on the latest models come down – The Speedcross 4 is essentially the same shoe as the Speedcross 5.
My rating on this shoe overall I would say is a 3.5 out of 5 stars. If I had to rate it for trail running I would say 2.5 out of 5 because it is heavy and stiff for that application in my humble opinion. As a light trail hiking shoe, I would give it the Speedcross 3 (and later models) a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
I really like this shoe, but I really only like it as a day/light hiker. Now, I read some other reviews that suggest this shoe would be good for sports such as Tough Mudders, where the extra traction would be very useful – I can’t say because I’m not into that.
HERE is a link to the Best Trail Running shoes for 2019 as ranked by Switchback Travel. They have the Speedcross 5 ranked fairly high, however, with a few of the same concerns I have.
The Salomon Speedcross 3, 4 or 5 is a great shoe. I prefer mine for the light hiking and would recommend finding something different if you are seeking a “trail runner”. However, this one might be just what you are looking for.
Click HERE to check Amazon for prices and shop other Speedcross models.
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