Salomon Speedcross 3 Review

Lets take a break from the hiking trips for some reviews, reviews of shoes! Well, one shoe, my favorite hiking shoe, the Solomon Speedcross 3. I’ve been backpacking on these shoes for about a year and a half, and they are the most comfortable shoes I have used.

Things I like about them:

1. They have mesh uppers. Seriously, a site that can can breathe is a site that will save you from soggy and wet feet. Yes you will get your feet wet but they will also dry out this way. Waterproof shoes are great in winter, but in the summer they only trap your sweat, especially if your feet sweat like mine do.

2. They have a small amount of waterproofing at the bottom. About an inches worth so that your feet don’t get soaked by the shallow streams.

3. The lugs are very grippy. The lugs in this picture are worn down, but you get the idea, they are long and shaped so that nothing really gets caught in them.

This is after a pretty muddy hike through the Rawah Wilderness. We had just had a few hours of rain and hail.

The Ortho light insoles are soooo comfy. I could seriously wear these every day, and I know people that do.

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4. They deal with wet in an unparalleled manner. The mesh combined with the lugs make walking on mud, snow, and rocks a totally confident experience.

 

20160820_215801On the way down from section 6 of the Colorado trail. There was A LOT of water.

 

20160701_110906downtrailSee? I’m the one under the silver umbrella.
While I love theses shoes and will probably buy another pair next year, there are always thingCons:

1. The lugs wear down kinda fast, especially on pavement. If theses are your only shows on a through hike, and you go into town be prepared for them to lose life faster than on trail. The lugs are a softer rubber, and probably it’s the right material otherwise using these would be like hiking in cleats.

2. Once the lugs are gone, the shoe becomes a slick. There is seriously nothing on the bottom of these other than the lugs.

3. They dry pretty  quickly, but that same inch of plastic on the bottom edge that keeps water out, also keeps the water from the top in. So they don’t dry as fast as they would without it. I don’t really have a great answer here, it’s one of those things that is good and bad.

Any way, overall these are the best shoes I’ve ever used for hiking. I whole heartedly recommend them.

Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think, our any recommendations you might have.

Ricky has paid for theses shoes with his own money and is under no obligation to publish this review. All thoughts contained herein are his own.

How to stay cooler while hiking.

The other week a guy by the handle of Hiking Padre tried to hike the Tecumseh Trail and had a rough go of it. Now I’m one to give unsolicited advice so here it is.

1. The use of a chromed umbrella cannot be understated. It can reduce the temperate under it by a noticeable amount. You can find them easily by asking Dr. Google, but a good option is:

Gossamer Gear’s Swing Liteflex

Zpacks sells the same one, for a similar price, and it looks to be the old Golite chrome dome too. It’s what I use.

2. The lighter your pack, the less you have to work. Sounds simple right? It can be. The old adage is that ridding pounds costs dollars, and ounces cost hundreds. Once you hit a certain weight true cost for great gear goes up exponentially. A good light sleeping bag costs around a hundred to two hundred, an Ultralight one will run you into the three to four hundred easy. But generally your big three are the best to lighten first. That’s your backpack, sleeping bag, and shelter. I recommend Gossamer Gear, ULA, and Zpacks for the packs. Zpacks, Enlightened Equipment, or Kick Ass Quilts, for the sleeping bag or quilt. And for shelter I really only have experience with hammocks.

3. Stay hydrated! If you aren’t drinking, you’re dying. The average human can go there days without water and it SUCKS. I once did a 17 mile hike on a liter of water due to my stupid, and I will bail on a hike so fast if I’m ever in that situation again. It was the worst.

4. Eat! Andrew Skurka talked about the caloric drip, it pretty much means you are snaking while walking. So I always bring something. Usually peanut M&Ms and some almonds.

5. Wear wicking clothing. Under Armor Heat gear and similar items are good, I like long sleeves and tights under some light gym shorts. But I look terrible. But I don’t care either.

Here is a video with all that put together and in motion. Note it was around 90 degrees that day.