Mother Nature can be a fickle beast, and the Salomon SPIKECROSS 3 CS, retail $170, could be the shoe to tame her. This super durable trail runner excels in the worst of conditions in fall, and will carry you straight through winter into the spring rains. Salomon knows runners well, and they also understand that in the cold, wet feet mean it’s time to head home. That’s why they put so much effort into developing new ways to keep the foot warm and dry; regardless of the conditions.

Climashield™ construction keeps the wearer well protected from the elements. Protective material around the base of the shoe create a mud guard and an IMG_1125Anti-Debris Mesh prevents debris from being trapped between your foot and the foot-bed. On the SPIKECROSS 3, Salomon also uses strategically placed, light-weight (626g, Men’s 8 Medium), breathable, abrasion-resistant materials to make sure that athletes have protection from rocks and sticks as well as the elements, without overheating. A minimalist, quick-lace system is easy to get in and out of, and there’s even a built-in lace pocket in the tongue, (pictured at right) to tuck away the end.

IMG_1129Inside the shoe, a molded EVA-shaped foot-bed provides anatomical designed support and cushioning that gently cradles the foot to keep it secure. While the SPIKECROSS 3 is not intended to be worn barefoot (nor should you in cold conditions) the seams inside of the shoe are so well finished off that it could be tempting to try! As far as fit, I found that wearing slightly thicker socks for the season, meant that I had to go a half-size up, so keep that in mind when trying them on. Every aspect of the interior has been incredibly comfortable, and I especially like the cushion around the heel; it creates almost a ‘heel lock’ to keep the foot from jostling around on the trail. Despite the fact that they appear quite narrow at a glance, I found them to be pretty roomy inside and felt no restrictions when it came to foot splay.

My main interest in the SPIKECROSS 3 CS, besides the fact that they look AWESOME, was the 9 Carbide-tipped metal spikes. Anyone who wants to run IMG_1126through the winter will tell you that it’s a pain in the butt; quite literally sometimes. Icy patches lurk around every turn in the trail and are periodically hidden under patches of newly-fallen snow. However, between the non-marking Contagrip® lugs, created for snow and mud, and the carbide tips, I felt as sure-footed as I do on dry dirt. When running on trail that varied from icy patches to rocks and mud, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the tread still functioned. Unlike wearing something like a micro-spike over your shoe, the carbide tips are set into rubber. This way, they have a little give when on rocks and retract slightly into the sole (much like studded tires), so instead of slipping, you still get the benefit of grip from the lugs.

IMG_1136Overall, I was extremely impressed with everything from the construction and comfort of the shoe to the diverse functionality. If you have any interest in trail running through the winter, you really can’t do much better than the Salomon SPIKECROSS 3 CS.

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