The Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 3: Maximum Fellrunning Performance

Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 3; 9.2 oz, 4mm Offset, $170*

There’s a select group of runners who strive for the harshest conditions you can imagine. Fellrunners, as they’re known, live for the muddiest, trickiest terrain, often adventuring the unknown with only a map to guide them.

The Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 3 is a shoe for that runner.

True to its S-Lab designation, the Fellcross has always been a tuned racing shoe that provides ultimate performance on the mountainside. The third version gets even sleeker than prior versions, and should be an even faster option for intense athletes.

Those who regularly run in snow and mud know how heavy shoes can feel when they get wet – definitely not ideal for performance running when every ounce matters. The Fellcross 3 introduces new midsole and upper materials that are designed to not absorb moisture in wet conditions, keeping the shoe lightweight and ready to go. In addition, the (dry) weight of the shoe is reduced by about an ounce from its predecessor to 9.2 oz for a size 9.

The outsole goes unchanged in this update, retaining the deep chevron-shaped lugs that keep the trail from becoming a slip & slide. The lugs are multidirectional for unrelenting traction while climbing and descending.

All together, this shoe looks to be a nice improvement for the most serious fellrunner. The Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 3 comes exclusively in Men’s sizes and will be available August 2014.

*Footwear specs provided by Salomon.

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