|SC3 left SC2 right|
Had these for a while. Been meaning to post a review, but finally have put in enough miles that I feel I can give an accurate take on this shoe. First, my experience with Salomon shoes - I really like the products put out by Salomon. Yes, they are a little bit pricier, but man these are great pieces of well built gear. I have run in the Speedcross 2, Fellcross, and now Speedcross 3. The Fellcross has been my workhorse for most of the summer as well as a racing shoe. The Speedcrosses are my bombproof rugged trail busters. Maybe by some peoples standards this shoe is not beefy enough, but for me, someone who spends most of my time in shoes under 9oz the Speedcross 3 feels like a tank.
Compared to the SC2, the SC3's graphics have been updated. The salomon racing rainbow has been elongated to cover the entire tongue, and some interesting new color schemes have been released. I went with the all black shoes, because my size in the canary/gun metal were sold out. Also changed on upper was the toe bumper. I never had a problem with the SC2 bumper, and I havent had any problems with the SC3 bumper so I guess its all good. Of course they use Salomon quick-lace technology, with a slightly updated tightening mechanism.
|SC3 on the left Fellcross on the right|
I think the two most significant changes I noticed were the lack of pronation control in the SC3 and a change to the lug pattern. Being a neutral runner I appreciated the lack of pronation control, however I found both the SC2 and SC3 fairly easy to roll an ankle in. I think this is due to the narrow footprint of the shoe as well as being fairly high off the ground.
|The foam under the arch of the SC3 (left) is not nearly as built up as it is in the SC2 (right). Removed pronation control|
|SC3 left SC2 right|
A quick comparison to the Fellcross. These shoes (SC3) are more protective, less flexible and a narrower fit. I think they are more comfortable on very rocky terrain as there is more push through protection and the larger lugs provide more protection. However, the sizing doesn't seem to be the same, as I loved my size 10.5 in the Fellcross, but feel claustrophobic in the 10.5 SC3s (They are better after removing the insoles) and if I have a little extra $ before the MT110s are released I might grab a size 11 SC3. Neither shoe breathes particularly well, but I am excited to use both as winter shoes, I think the SC3 will see a little more work as it seems beefer.
|SC3 top Fellcross bottom. The Fellcross is wider both in the toebox and in the ankle collar|
Overall I am pleased with the SC3. It will be a shoe that I may use when my feet are feeling particularly beat up, during a later part of a race or maybe on back to back runs or difficult two a days. The traction is fantastic (did I mention I like lugged shoes?), and Salomon is headed in the right direction by releasing the 4mm drop Fellcross and lowering the SC3 to 9mm. The biggest downfalls of the SC3 in my opinion, is that the toebox is too narrow and not tall enough and the sizing was difficult and not consistent with the SC2 (my 10.5s are perfect).
Hope this helps. If there are any unanswered questions, let me know.