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The Salomon Speedcross 3* are my new lightweight hiking shoes for the warmer months, which I recently bought as they were on sale. Hiking and Backpacking lightweight can make your outdoor experience more enjoyable. This principle also applies to hiking shoes and here comes a short review about the Salomon Speedcross 3 related to hiking and backpacking.
The Speedcross 3 are 310 grams light and will replace my Inov-8 Roclite 295 which did a good job in the past.
There is also a GTX version of the Speedcross 3 available, however, drying them once they get wet may take longer than for the non-GTX version. I would most likely take other boots with me if I would plan to go hiking in a swampy area.
The Speedcross 3 also comes with an OrthoLite sock liner which should help to keep the foot dry.
Moreover, I also found the Quicklace™ quite interesting as there is no bumbling around with the laces anymore.
Looking at the sole of the Speedcross 3 it seems to be quite obvious that the shoe should have a very good grip which should perform great in muddy conditions.
However, I wouldn’t wear this shoe if I were to go on a trip again to the Sarek National Park since I had constantly wet feet with my old trail runners there but for shorter trips or for trips in more dry conditions the Speedcross 3 should be a good alternative to a normal hiking boot.
The only issue I had with this shoe is that it might be very slippery on wet stone. Also when you are planning to carry a lot of gear than more supportive or traditional hiking boots would make more sense.