Does the Pro seem different from the 3? I'm also curious if the stickier grip means that the sole wears even faster than on the 3.
Also - do you know if the Pro/Vario combination is replacing the 3? I had thought so - and was sad, since I really like the 3 - but Salomon's site seems to list all three models at the moment.
(And speaking of Salomon shoe models, do you know what happened to the XA Pro 3D Ultra 2? It seems like it's just the XA Pro 3D now but my pair of those seem heavier and clunkier than the Ultra 2 version...maybe it's just my imagination.)
I'll copy this link onto Phatty's log since he will know the answers, even though he's moved on to a new job.
The Salomon Store has three types of Speedcross now, including the original model. I'm not sure if that's the plan for the future but like you, I hope the original model remains available since it has worked so well for me.
I haven't noticed issues with the sole wearing on my Speedcross 3 (eight pairs over the years) but I only rarely run on roads with them.
The biggest difference when you first put on a pair of Speedcross Pros is the way they fit, which could be better or worse, depending on the person. Phatty called it Endo-Fit. I was worried since I was perfectly happy with the old fit but they felt great - no rubbing and very supportive of my arch. I guess I should have found some slippery rocks to walk on but it was already a long day!
I bought a pair of new XA Pros last year (not sure which model) and they didn't fit as well for me as the old ones but I still chose them for the Killarney Loop. I think they'll still be my AR/rogaine shoes since they have such great protection and stability. I'm not sure what is happening with the models so I'll leave that for Phatty.
It's the pavement that really wears the Speedcross soles, to the point that I try to avoid wearing them for events that might have a mix of pavement and not (like Raids, snowless Snowgaines, etc) but I also like them so sometimes I just resign myself to wearing them out more quickly. So a faster-wearing sole isn't a plus for that.
Thanks, though - I'll check out Phatty's log.
I've put a link to this discussion here so hopefully he'll drop by.
The reason we created the PRO was to offer a higher performance option of a classic - same last but less drop, endoFIT internal fit sleeve for more precision, and wicked grip on wet rocks as it uses a new rubber compound called Premium Wet Traction. What it shares with the SPEEDCROSS 3, and soon to be the 4th version in July, is grip through digging INTO the ground. The SPEEDCROSS VARIO, by contrast, was created to perform in drier conditions, gripping the ground through friction with different types of lugs.