I have ran 40 plus mile in these guys on a mix of mud, grass, and pavement so far. What sold me on these shoes is someone said they were like all terrain tires for your feet. Which is far from what I have experienced. The tread has already been significantly worn down from just 40 miles. I planned to use these for winter running shoes, because snow requires some mean traction, but the tread is just way too soft to hold on any hard surface, and I ran maybe a solid 10 miles on pavement. dirt is one thing, but rock, and pavement will make you shoe wear fast. The traction is good for mud and dirt, but avoid any hard surface or kiss that tread goodbye. The shoe does have some positives that I really do love. It is incredible easy to run in, and feels good even after 6 miles. The lace system is super cool, but unless your doing triathlons I feel like if they broke one they would be a little bizzy to replace and fix. Over all these are extremely comfy shoes, but lack strong tread.
I ordered these after a few months of reading reviews and trying them on in the store. I was hesitant to switch to these from my hiking boots as I was worried about enough support when on the trails. After 3- 9 mile trips I can assure you these provide more than enough support, while also reducing fatigue. While I am sure these are just as good with the speed lace; I did switch in traditional round laces. I also replaced the insole after my first run as I have always had heel pain after long runs. Both of these enhancements were personal preferences; and do not detract from the product out of the box. The only addition advice I would give to anyone considering these shoes is that they do run small. I wear a size 13 Nike's; but went with a 14 for these. A half size would have worked; but now I can wear a thicker sock if I choose.Overall, a 5 out of 5 stars for the Saloman's!
I can't say enough good things about these shoes. They are well constructed, very comfortable, easy to put on and take off, provide more than adequate grip/traction in wet grass, dry sand, pavement, and normal dirt. (I haven't ran them in mud, yet.) They feel light on the feet, which is surprising when you look at their size. The lugs on the bottom alone give the impression they will feel heavy, but they don't. Speaking of the lugs on the bottom, so far they have held up well (only ~10ish pavement miles) but that will be one thing I keep an eye one. Make note: I normally wear a 10.5 - 11.5. I ordered two pairs a 10.5 and an 11. Both are too small. I am sending the 10.5's back and replacing them with 12's. I don't think the difference between the 11 and 11.5 will be enough so I'm jumping up to the 12. Overall: Very good shoes, highly recommended; order a half to full size larger than normal.
I bought these to replace my Salomon's XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 shoes which gave me two years of great wear and traction. While I was initially wary of the lacing system, I liked it so much I wanted to follow up with a similar pair. These have not disappointed at all. In the first 10 days I put about 30 miles on these in mixed terrain (dirt, mud, scree, rocks) and was impressed with the killer grip the new soles provided. Great braking and cornering, zero slippage. The shoes are nice and light, breath well, and fit true to size. Just a great shoe all around.
I was very loyal to a model of Columbia running shoes I discovered several years ago. They have been discontinued and now I needed a new pair. While training for a second Tough Mudder, I was told to check out these shoes for race day. I decided to take the plunge and go big with these shoes. They look great and are incredibly comfortable. I am impressed by the design and the inclusion of materials that do not absorb water. That will be important on race day. These shoes are also great in the gym; the aggressive but soft tread have been great for cross training and will become my go to trainers soon. I think I have found my next ideal pair. With all the color combos I can get a new color each time. Great shoes, I can see wearing this design for several years going forward.
"Great Trail running and casual sneaker!"
I first liked the look of the Salomon speedcross 3. Im not a trail runner or any kind of runner, but I liked the look so I started reading other reviews. All the reviews that I read were awesome. So after going back and forth with myself about spending over 100 on a sneaker, was a hard thing for me, but I did and im glad I did because these sneakers are awesome, everything that I read was true. And they look great, I have gotten alot of looks and comments on how great they look. So I would definitely recommend them.
Recently switched back to full support running shoes. This shoe and my last pair(salomon XR Mission) provide great support. Its a good brand despite being French. I would recommend them to friends or you people. Run 25 miles a week, mixed on and off road.
I'm going for round two of the Speedcross 3. It's a very good trail shoe - plenty comfortable and great grip. The outsole comes equipped with aggressive studs that work great on loose surfaces and offer the wearer a little extra confidence. I'm not too keen on the lacing system which seems a half-assed attempt at innovation, but it isn't a show stopper. The colors available are a bonus - they aren't as gauche as other offerings in the running shoe realm and don't pigeonhole someone wearing them as a tasteless sod.
I purchased these shoes for tough mudder New England at the suggestion of fellow mudders. These shoes performed flawlessly in muddy, wet, rocky mountainous terrain. The traction was incredible, didn't slip once traversing black diamond expert trails full of mud. I got these shoes absolutely covered in mud. While many people at the race threw their shoes away (or donated) I just washed the off with a garden hose and they were perfect. If these passed a tough mudder you can best believe they can handle anything you can throw at them! The only negative I experienced was the insole slid forward when running down steep mountain sides but I'm talking some really extreme declines.