Salomon XT Wings
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Previous owner and lover of Salomon's XA Pro shoe, decided to try out the Wings.
First impression is good- solid shoe with support, kind of felt like a road shoe in terms of cushion. Traction is great, something Salomon is well known for. Slightly heavy but not a deal breaker. Didn't need any breaking in and after an 8 mile trail run had no blisters or hot spots.
Love Salomon's quick lacing system. I have had four pairs of the XA Pros and after over a year of use I have never had a lace break on me- and yes they are seriously abused through rough terrains and many stream crossings.
Do not like GTX variety: it does a great job keeping water out but once it does get in (i.e. stream crossing) they hold the water in and end up with soggy feet and heavy shoes. The non-GTX gets wet and as you run squeezes out the water through its mesh walls. Do not recommend the GTX.
Use: multi day trail races, adventure racing
Break-in Period: none
I Love these. I have been wearing the different versions of this for years and years. I HATE tying shoelaces so the quick lace system is amazing. It keeps me from rubbing the heal out like I do anything else.
They wear out in about a year but that is after daily use and pretty serious abuse. I have taken these up mountains and backpacking trips never had big issues with traction or support.
I feel the heel is kinda tall and the overall quality of the sole is annoying. I would prefer a simpler tread and one that was Vibram. You can't have everything I guess.
These are sturdy light weight runners/hikers and with the quick lace feature I just can't be bothered to buy anything else.
Price Paid: $60-120
These were my first pair of Salomons, and I absolutely love them. I got them for a steal off SteepandCheap.
When I first put them on, I could tell they were fantastic. Didn't take long to break them in, either. They're amazingly comfortable, supportive, and I can wear them all day. Light, breathable, everything you want in a shoe.
My favorite part is the pull string instead of laces. It's always a perfect fit, easy to tighten/loosen, and you can tuck away the string.
8 months later after being worn multiple times per week, they are still in excellent condition and my favorite shoes.
I would highly recommend them, and Salomon is now my go-to brand for trail shoes.
Price Paid: $60 US
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