The Speedcross 3 GTX shoe combines a lightweight upper with a GORE-TEX design and aggressive tread for comfort and grip in wet, sloppy trail conditions. There has been a few changes made to the Speedcross 3 GTX. The forefoot has been reduced by up to 50 percent, meaning that you are lower to the ground and will hopefully gain a much more controlled ride, thus reducing the chances of twisting ankle. The heel is also wider on the sole area, giving a greater contact surface which is altogether more stable. In addition, the Quicklace slider has been reduced in size, and so is the 'garage' pocket, meaning that weight is down and the stowage is now more compact.