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.
So I recently started running cross country in college... I tried to do as much summer running on these bad boys as possible, and I loved them to death. They handled abuse almost to well. Perfect for some fast trails with good friends. As the season started up I started having issues with my feet and shins from pounding pavement (different shoes) and have recently been doing workouts on my own out on the trails in these, I have had no issues or pain while on the trail. So while they are supposed to be for racing/speed, they are comfy enough to handle some heavy miles. to sum it up, I'd tell even my worst enemies to buy these, not because they deserve it, but the shoes too good not to rave about
Shoe offer a lot of stability and has noticeable cushioning at the heel sole (which is removable). Super easy to strap on. Drawstring system is able to be hidden inside a secret pocket in the tongue. Though I am worried about heat once I get running. Good traction, just don't go off a cliff. Overall good shoe, tho I kinda wish I picked a flashier color than the grey.
"Awesome. 1st or 2nd best pair of shoes I have owned"
Great lacing design. Toss up between these and the fellcross. Wish these had a lower drop but it is really only mildly noticeable on the downs. Soles wear quickly, shoes however really hold up. In my opinion the size 8.5 us is wider in the speedcross than the fellcross so these would be a better choice if you have wide feet. The fells are more money have a lower drop and a more snug but it is really a toss up as both are performing so well on the different terrains they encounter. These have bigger but less lugs than the fells as a side note.
"Perfect trail running shoes in good weather condition, but...."
This shoes is very comfortable, the breathability is incredible, the grip ând the stability in the mud and trail is very good, but whit water azards your socks risk to be sweat and the skin of your feet risk to have blister. Whit wet condition this shoes is a stupid choose.The soles isn't not grippy whit rock, there is little gripping surface for rock, and the wet rock...uhhhh ist worse.The sole have a shor tlife whit this terrain, this shoes was built for trail and ground terrain in to the woods.
If fast to get on, comfortable to wear and holds up under strenuous conditions is what you are looking for, look no further. These shoes are where its at you have everything you need from trail running to a weekend backpacking trip.
This shoe is built for speed from the ground up. The sole is a grippy compound with large lugs that will tear through mud like a wood chipper through your Christmas tree! The fit is narrow, so if you have a wide foot, you may want to reconsider. The boa lacing system is awesome allows for a snug fit from toe box to the top of the upper. I would recommend this shoe to anyone looking for a fast shoe for racing.
i love this shoe. more comfortable than my xa pro 3d's, these are great for off road adventures, and will surely keep your feet dry. i have these in black and they are my go to shoe in the winter. very traction oriented, probably not the best use to just roll around town in these. it's like having a chesapeake bay retriever, and keeping them in an apartment. you are not doing them any justice. so throw them on, then throw anything at them. they will handle it.