My review of these shoes: They rock! I have owned my first pair for nearly four years. The shoes took me on countless day hikes and a few overnighters throughout the wild places of New England. I have used them for my winter trail running shoes along the Charles River Esplanade and in the Blue Hills and Middlesex Fells near Boston.
The tread is super aggressive. So much so that when new they are weird on hardpack or paved surfaces. Because of that tread, I worried about the longevity. But they have proven durable.
I was also hesitant to wear such attention grabbing shoes initially. But I’ve come to love the bright orange and numerous reflective hits. Just don’t try to play capture the flag in the Speedcross 3 – it’s impossible to hide.
- easy on and off
- highly weather resistant (less so over time)
- durable all around
- look awesome
- very good tread off road
- too warm for summer
- tread is too aggressive for pavement
For winter and inclement weather trail running I’ve never had anything better than these shoes.
For cool weather lightweight backpacking with some light rain and mud they are a decent choice. I might consider a Salomon Men’s XA Pro 3D GTX, which is a bit stiffer all around.
In the summer, they are just too hot.
And for full on backpacking, I’ll reach for my Lowa Renegades (I’ve never bought into the trail shoes for distance hiking movement).