49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2012
Since I bought these shoes 5 months ago I have worn them to: Off road obsticle races (ie. Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash), 7 day hike with a 45 lb backpack through the Appalachian Trail, Golf, Play softball, Wade in rocky water, Horseback ride, roofing jobs, build a front porch, canoe, weed whack, garden, mow the lawn, run a chainsaw,roto till, climb numerous trees, kick a rooster, stomp out a couple of campfires gone wild and plenty of other everyday stuff such as drinking beer and eating chicken wings. These shoes can not be killed. They still look great and clean up good as new after every activity. I am a larger frame guy weighing around 240 lbs and have never had discomfort wearing these beasts. They have a mind of their own and when you put them on you can't help but look for the next fun adventure. I will never go back to another brand after owning a pair of Salomons.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2013
I have plantar fasciitis and have suffered general foot pain for a few years. I have run the gamut on shoes, buying everything from Crocs to Burkenstocks and every name brand athletic shoe I could. I've worn Nike, New Balance, Asics, Puma, Reebok, Saucony and probably some I've forgotten. I've had at least 3 different Nikes. I've bought cheap shoes and expensive shoes. Usually it takes me a week or so to find out if I'm going to be able to wear a pair of shoes. Even when fitted just right, sometimes they hurt intolerably.
I've had this pair of Salomons for about a week now, and this is the first pair of shoes I've had in years that I can wear without foot pain. I don't know why. They don't claim any special arch support like some of the shoes I've had. They do claim to have a comfort fit (I can't remember the exact wording they use for it). Anyway, they don't hurt. For someone like me, this is a tremendous achievement. I wish I'd found these years ago. I don't know if they'll work for anyone else (I've worn shoes recommended from others who have similar pain issues and it was a no-go), but they work for me.
Put it this way...I walk on a treadmill to keep in shape. On my third day of wearing these shoes I noticed my feet weren't hurting. They didn't feel bad at all. So I began to run. I ran half of a mile for the first time in years and all I can say is it was a very, very happy moment for me.
For the first time in years I know exactly what my next pair of shoes will be. No doubt about it. I will buy these forever if they feel this good.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2013
I just put these shoes to the test by doing Rim2Rim2Rim in which I ran from the South rim of the Grand Canyon to the North rim and back. It consists of 42 miles with 11k feet of elevation gain. The shoes were great. The lugs worked really well to give me traction on the downhills and uphills and there are a lot of those. Ventilation was great. The do a great job of keeping dust and gravel out of the shoe, yet they breath really well. I ended up with a small blister on the side of my big toe, which I didn't notice until my shoe was off.
I had only run in them 3 times for about 30 miles before I did this run. The cushion in them is good. I tried the Brooks Cascadia and felt like the cushion was equivalent to the Brooks. I have a little bit of a narrow foot and the Salomons worked a little better than the Cascadia for me.
They run true to size. I wear a 10 in all of my other running shoes and the 10 fit perfectly.
Very solid shoe!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2012
I've been using hiking boots for competitive action shooting sports and they were so heavy and clunky. These things are super light and really grippy. Even on wet wood, you still have traction. I saved like $20 going with the funky colors and they ended up matching my jersey. I'm sold for life!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2014
After using these for back to back spartan races (super & sprint) in one weekend, these are the only shoes I'll use and buy for good. Comfortable, light, did not hold water, easy to take off, grip is exceptional and most of all they didn't fall apart!! Highly recommended for anyone looking for mud run shoes.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
very comfortable for long races, it has no internal seams that can hurt, very resistant to water, and the best is the grip, I've been running for 30miles with them in situations of too much mud and still has a super grip.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2014
I've owned 2 sets of Speedcross 3's. You can find plenty totally rockin reviews on how great these things are for trail running. I hope I can share some new thoughts on these shoes since I use them for a slightly different purpose - mountaineering, peak bagging, long-distance hiking with a heavy pack, and of course, a bit of trail running, too.
I can say I was brutally destructive with my first pair of Speedcross 3's. The toughest 3 days I ever put them through was during my summit attempt on Wyoming's high point - Mt Gannett, via the ~55 mile long Glacier Trail. Over those 3 days of 90+degree heat, I put my Salomon's through a bit over 55 miles and ~10,000 feet of elevation gain while wearing a 50 pound pack. I covered dirt, mud, rock, grass, snow, and ice. I wore the Salomon's through cold, fast-moving stream crossings and then kept plowing ahead for mile after mile as they dried on my feet. I scrambled over a solid mile of giant, ankle-snapping boulders to make it to the glacier field below the peak. Then, ice axe in hand, I hiked straight up snow and ice steep enough to warrant strapping my 10-point crampons onto the Salomons. Finally, some high class-3 rock scrambling followed by more snow and ice.
I finished this peak with scars on my shoulders and hips that I still bear a year later from covering that kind of distance with so much weight in my pack, and some well earned respect for these shoes!
1) The Speedcross is designed as a nicely cushioned runner meant to take a pounding while covering distance on a tough trail. I personally think this trait makes it wonderfully suited to hiking with a heavy pack over long distance. I've covered exactly 23.5 miles and about 5,000 feet of elevation change in 15 hour hike, all with a 50lb pack, and the Salomon's left my feet feeling ready for more the next day. Due to the lighter weight compared to boots, and the support and cushioning of the Salomon's, I no longer even own hiking boots.
2) Traction in snow - on several different peaks, I've learned I can confidently scramble up 40-degree angle snow as I'm moving up a snowy peak. I *cannot* do that in any other shoe or non-mountaineering boot that I've owned. I can strap on crampons at a later point, or leave them behind entirely sometimes, with these shoes. I've even used these shoes to kick steps into the soft snow as I'm moving back down these snow fields. If you're getting them with sufficient room in the toe box (a must for trail runners if you don't want to kill your toes on the downhill portions), these shoes work OK kicking steps.
3) Scrambling. I can say right off that these are not comparable in way to approach shoes, so you won't do any real climbing in them. However, considering that these shoes are not intended for climbers, I'm nicely pleased with the grip they do give on boulders and steep, dirty, slippery slopes and trails. The way the sole wraps up around to the top of the toe area makes a nice impact on this aspect.
4) As a heavier person - I'm 6'4 and 225 lbs, and very lean and athletic, but I'm still *way* heavy for a trail runner, I find the grip on these shoes is a godsend for me. I'll never be nimble, but when I'm chasing smaller, more agile runners down a steep trail, pivoting and changing direction is a lot tougher for me. I can have more confidence in my grip. I really can't say enough about how much I like the very aggressive tread pattern on these shoes based on my use of them.
5) The lugs flex a bit, which is good for traction but will cause them to wear eventually. The sole, where it wraps around the front of the shoe where your toes are, came loose on me eventually. Some shoe glue kept it back in place until I finally tossed my first pair out.
I probably got around 250 miles total out of these. Remember, though, that's with a lot of weight and some serious abuse being put on them. I bought my second pair, happily, I highly recommend these shoes!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2014
They say trail running shoes, but they work well for street running too. I'm an active duty army soldier... I run 4-5 times a week, about 3-7 miles each run. I've had them for roughly 3 months and they are still in great shape.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2013
I specifically purchased these shoes for Tough Mudder New England 2013 and they performed exactly how I was hoping. The lug shape, size, and number were perfect for all the trail running during the 4 months of training and for the event itself. They would disperse the mud and not fill as other shoes with a tighter tread pattern would. Gripping on rock, or trees was also excellent.
The materials used were perfect for releasing water and drying relatively quickly. I actually removed my socks part way into the mudder course as they were only hindering the benefits of the shoes. These things are light yet rugged and show no signs of seam or sole failure after all the abuse.
From the basic traction on trails and through streams to the obvious amount of mud to negotiate and the hill climbing of the mudder (this one was at Mt Snow, VT), I would highly recommend these shoes for trail running confidence or helping to complete any of the obstacle-type, running challenges!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2014
The absolute best shoe, straight out of the box, that I have ever owned. I received a bit of "lip" on account of the colors but at 72 I believe that I have earned the right...Salomon products are tops...