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Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 3 Review
If your late-winter and early-spring runs are causing you to sing the old Simon and Garfunkel tune, “Slip sliiiiiiiiiiding away…,” then it’s time to check out the Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 3 ($170). These shoes will revolutionize your muddy, mucky, wet, snowy, slippery, sketchy trail experiences and have you dancing up and down the hills nimbly while leaving the gunk behind.
The S-Lab Fellcross 3 is a 300-gram (9.2 ounces for men’s size 9) unisex shoe with a 4mm drop and a low-profile design (9mm stack height in the heel, 5mm in the forefoot). This updated version shaves an additional ounce off compared to the Fellcross 2 and features improved prevention of moisture absorption while retaining the breathability important for shoes designed for these conditions. The S-Lab series shoes are definitely top of the line. I tested these shoes in hard-pack snow and over-the-shoe slush, mucky mud and clay, hard pack, rocky dirt, and 10 inches of fresh powder on top of unconsolidated mud that can only be described as “squidgy.” (Thanks, British friends for that word.)
Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 3
The Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 3. All photos: iRunFar/Kristin Zosel
The upper is a sleek ripstop nylon very similar, if not identical, to that found on the Salomon Speedcross. Though it’s not the Climashield weather-resistant material featured on shoes like the Salomon Snowcross and Speedcross CS, it’s excellent in keeping debris like sand, dust, and powdery snow out. It’s also significantly more water resistant than the open mesh found on the similar Salomon Fellraiser. I found it to drain decently during my slushy runs (no lingering bogginess), and the shoe was always dry by the time I ran the next day. I’m not sure how the breathability would be affected in temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The few times I ran when it was that warm, my feet were still in slush and muck, so heat retention was something I was wishing for.
The welded overlays blend seamlessly into the rand that extends up from the outsole to prevent water and debris from entering at that junction. I thoroughly appreciate this feature for mucky and snowy runs, and it didn’t seem to prevent quick drainage from inside the shoe. The overlays combined with the internal sleeve and the Quicklace system cradled my foot snugly and kept my foot in place even on steeper downhills. Never once did the insole creep in any direction regardless of the terrain, nor did my toes migrate to the bumper. The protective TPU toe cap is substantial but lightweight as is the firm heel cup. Again, I loved these features as I had no toe soreness from the occasional kicked rock and the shoe is very stable on uncompromising terrain.
The tongue of the shoe has minimal padding and is very stable with unobtrusive gussets extending from the top eyelet to the platform of the shoe. It’s further held in place with a thin ribbon of fabric connecting it to the most anterior overlay at the beginning of the laces and lies under a thin layer of anti-debris mesh. It’s one more outstanding addition to prevent “nature” from coexisting with your foot inside the shoe. Lastly, the lace pocket sits on the front of the tongue just before the laces cinch. It seems they’ve improved the positioning of this as it is more easily accessible. I still tend not to use it because I just route the long lace under the most forward loop on the shoe—personal preference.
- Date Listed:18/05/2019
- Last Edited:18/05/2019
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