First Run: Salomon Speedcross 3

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.