I took my new trail running shoes — Salomon Speedcross 3 — out for a first run today. Cold, wet conditions with a fine rain made for good testing. I ran a combination of road, rocky single track and grassy footpaths on and around Comm Ave while the marathoners were putting on their final touches for Boston. I ended up running 1 hour 10 minutes, a bit longer than I should have for a new pair of shoes, but they felt good from the start.
Now, for the shoes: First of all, these things look badass with a stark, dark color scheme and an aggressive “Contagrip” sole. At first, they felt a little strange on the pavement, but once on the turf and dirt, the soles were awesome and provide sure footing and excellent traction. They have a tendency to be a little grabby at times, more so than my old trail shoes, so I had to take care for them not to grab and roll. Once I backed off a bit on the more technical sections, they did I what I needed them to do. Good width and a low heel counter made them feel stable. The speed lacing system allowed me to dial in the fit quickly and I didn’t have to touch them again.
All in all, I was very pleased with the shoes. The only downside came from taking a clean, brand new pair of shoes through rain and mud the first time out. But that’s what they’re for.