User Review: Salomon Wings Sky GTX
Price Paid: 180$ Can
One of my friends once laughed at me while on a day hike because I had brought big hiking boots. He kept telling me "Louis-Alexis you're not a really fast hiker to begin with. Why do you wear those boots and such a flimsy back pack, you don't need that much support."
He went right on and skipped away with grace while I tried to chug rocks at him while swearing insidely how right he was. That's when I started to think things trough.
While hiking with running shoes is no doubt very comfortable and light you sometimes need more support. When you have to go for a few days on your own the weight adds up the thoughts of a sprained ankle or worst a broken one will convince anybody to go with a tried tested stiff leather boot. So how does one find an in between? That's how I discovered the Wings.
I had tried other mid running hiker/boot but didn't find one that kept the feel of a trail running shoe. Needless to say the Wings did. I'm a pretty big guy and support is important, I found that the ankle support was good but the stiffness was lacking while going up hill. Since I have a little bit or a flat feet problem the underfoot arch support was very much appreciated. Beware if you have true flat foot, it might not be good for you. Test it first.
With loads of over 30lbs the shoe performed well in all aspects that I desired. They were light, waterproof, dried quickly, supported my ankles and my arches, and felt like a trail running shoe. I tried them on variety of surface from concrete to well traveled hiking trails and again the grip was just perfect. On more technical terrain though I would advise caution if using with a heavy load out. By technical I mean scrambling and other dificult terrain.
When I encountered those kind of terrain I missed my old stiff boot for two main reasons.
The first: on a steep climb or down climb with a 45lb climbing/camping kit I sometimes lost foot. Bigger crampons underneath would've probably solved that.
Secondly: On lateral support (ankle) when overly solicatated (think a one foot stand to reach higher ledges) I could've used more stiffness, for me that was their limit. Then again that is not what the shoe is made for.
All in all no regret buying it, if light and fast is what you're looking for and want more support than just a shoe try em. You might love em.