Salomon Speedcross 3 CS Trail Running Shoes - 6.5

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  • 3D Advanced Chassis - Controls shoes twisting motion. Flexes under the heel to absorb shock and provide stability.
  • Sensifit - Actively cradles the foot to ensure a secure and precise fit for maximum stability and a secure fit.
  • Outer Material: Synthetic
  • Shoe Width: D
  • Quicklace - Minimal and strong one hand, one-pull tightening lace that secures shoes quickly and provides good stability and support. For a more customised fit.
  • Contagrip - Outsole blends several different hardness combinations of Contagrip rubber for the perfect mix of grip and durability across varied terrain.
  • Ortholite Sockliner - Ortholite foam and EVA heel cup creates a cooler, drier, healthier foot.

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  • Boxed-product Weight: 748 g
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  • Item model number: Speedcross 3 CS-M
  • ASIN: B00AKB8AQ0
  • Date first available at 14 Aug. 2013
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,656 in Shoes & Bags (See Top 100 in Shoes & Bags)

Product Description

The Speedcross 3 CS racing shoe combines lightweight upper with innovative climashieldTM design and aggressive tread for comfort and grip on wet, sloppy trail conditions. There has been a few changes made to the Speedcross 3. 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. A few more improvements has been made to these athlete's favorite, the Speedcross 3 gets a new bonded Sensifit construction, more durability in the sole, and lower heel for more stability. Waterproof protection just over the tongue and toes provides water resistance without sacrificing breathability. It is a light, fast, racing shoe used by many Salomon team athletes.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9d2390a8) out of 5 stars 154 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f1a8c24) out of 5 stars Terrain-Specific Indeed 29 Oct. 2012
By Dave - Published on
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I recently picked up a pair of these for running on the Appalachian Trail. I've gone through a few pairs of XA Ultras and loved every minute of them, but I wanted to see what the next level of specialization could provide. I really wanted to try some of those S-LAB shoes, but apparently Salomon has decided that those of us with size 13 feet aren't worthy of their efforts. Like many others, I'm lost somewhere in the transition to minimalism. I have a pair of NB MT10s but there's nowhere near enough armor on them to handle the AT. I figured this time I'd choose trail tech over heel drop for at least the winter and figure things out next spring.

First thing I noticed is that these felt a bit narrower than the XAs. A lot of people have reported not needing a break-in period, but that wasn't the case for me. It took about 50 miles for mine to loosen up and start feeling good. The Climashield does indeed run hot, but that shouldn't surprise anyone. The construction is excellent and well thought out. The terrain I run is pretty nasty and I've gotten my toes hooked under a few rocks and roots and there's been plenty of protection.

One of the main reasons I bought these was for the tread pattern. It's amazingly grippy on soft ground and makes running up earthy hills a blast. Works great on gravel too. Unfortunately, it starts to fail on larger rocks, especially downsloping slabs. Since the spikes keep surface contact to a minimum I end up sliding quite a bit, almost as if I were wearing golf cleats.

My biggest disappointment with these shoes has been the durability of the tread. After my first run - only 9 miles (Snicker's Gap - Buzzard Hill) - 4 or 5 of the perimeter spikes sheared completely off. After each subsequent run I'd lose one or two more, and the inner ones are starting to show cracks. The sole is smooth beyond those, so there's no fallback. Once the majority are gone, which is probably going to happen soon, there's not going to be much traction at all. I'm not sure if I'm expecting too much, but every description I've read has indicated that these excel on rocky terrain. I guess their definition of 'rocky' is different than mine.

Given that, I don't think I'd recommend these to anyone unless they only run on soft ground. I can see the non-CS version good for mud/obstacle races, but I think you're still going to have the shearing problem. Had I bought these from one of the many retailers with unconditional return policies I'd have sent them back. Lesson learned.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f1abde0) out of 5 stars Excellent trail racing shoe 15 Oct. 2012
By Trailrunner - Published on
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Bought these shoes specifically for racing in the Asics XTrail, a trail race which includes various conditions dirt, mud, streams, rocks, 854m summit then descent, etc. They performed perfectly in all conditions. My buddy was racing with Salomon XT Wings and in the steepest, muddiest climbs, my Speedcross would grip and stick where his foot would slide. Outstanding traction. Did not get wet until many miles and many puddles and mud holes, and even then stayed relatively dry. They did feel like they got a bit looser once wet and I could have stopped to tighten them up a bit. Not by much as I opted to keep racing and not stop with no problems, including a steep, fast and slippery descent. I experienced none of the inner soles problems mentioned by some, for which I was a bit aprehensive. My only worry would be for racing on hot days, for which I would recommend you do not buy the climashield (CS) but the regular Speedcross version, which I haven't tried. My feet stayed warm despite a start and summit below freezing. Perfect for Fall/Winter races. Also the lugs do wear a bit faster on asphalt, but then you should not be looking at Speedcross if you're looking for road racers. Very satisfied with my purchase.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d106198) out of 5 stars milkman approved 25 Sept. 2013
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They run a half size small. Mostly waterproof. But not fully waterproof. I do a lot of running on wet grass for work. The consistent water does wear through after a while.
Super light. Great construction. Decent traction, only issue was real smooth concrete or smooth stones.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d12baa4) out of 5 stars Great shoes for winter running! 27 Dec. 2012
By ND runner - Published on
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I put many miles on in the back roads of North Dakota during the winter months. These shoes grip the road very well in snowy conditions and shield your feet from wind and moisture. The styling is cool too. Fit is a little snug in the toe-box area. I had to return my normal size 12 and get a 12 1/2. Now they fit great. Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d5a1ad4) out of 5 stars I speaky de'truth... 18 Mar. 2014
By Wallville - Published on
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On the first trial run of these trail shoes, I had three 11 year old boys with me and two dogs. They wanted to play war in the woods, so we went for a walk...then we went off trail and up the side of very steep incline. I thought I would poop out and the kids would laugh at me. Well, right away I noticed that my traction seriously kept my energy focused into the climb, the boys were winded, and I was as well ahead of them, but the shoes were like 4-wheel drive traction and while the boys were losing traction...every step I took produced more climb... Another thing I noticed was my feet were dry in a elements sort of way, it was snowing and the ground was soggy...but the cold and wet never got to my feet. I had a pair of Merrel's but they are clearly outclassed by these shoes in weight, traction, and comfort. When I first pulled these out of the box I was sort of feeling ripped off and walked down to the corner store with them, I didn't like them...but all that changed when I took them into the trails. One last detail that I was shocked and overjoyed with was washing these shoes off. The mud just washed away without any hassle, they washed off like scuba diving fins (materially speaking). I am seriously impressed by these shoes. I no longer walk down to the store with them...too precious for that.
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