A girl can’t have enough trail shoes. Full stop. With the new year comes new trainers, right? So I’ve decided to test the new Salomon S-Lab Wings. Well, I did get them just before Christmas…
After finding out that the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultras are not really for me I was a bit sceptical about the Wings. However, after reading that these should be more cushioned and supportive than their Sense sisters I decided to give them a go.
For those who are not yet familiar with Salomon and their products, the S-lab category gives normal runners and athletes like you and me access to the gear worn my elites. Cool, right? Well, there is a caveat – the price tag and the durability! The S-lab range is quite expensive but you can always wait for the sale or get the last year’s models. I do swear by their running vests and backpacks and don’t mind spending a bit more to avoid chaffing and other runner’s issues.
But let’s got back to the Wings…
Salomon S-Lab Wings
These boys were made to take you very far and very fast. Speed and aggressive sole are words that best describe the shoe.
I’ve got the standard model which is designed for harder, dry and rocky terrain. You can get a SG (soft ground) version that features deeper lugs so you can get through wet and mucky terrain.
I’ve tested them on both dry and wet terrains including snow, ice, rocks and mud and was surprised how good the grip was. According to Salomon, with this shoe you will be able to rip off some speed on technical downhills. And while I’m not an elite, the shoes gave me confidence on descents, particularly on the snowy terrain. I was stuck to the ground.
In terms of durability, the S-Lab shoes are not meant to last forever and you would do more miles in a more training-focused product. So far I’ve managed to clock in about 40-50miles and the shoes have almost 0 wear and tear which is good.
The heel drop is bigger than with in S-Lab Ultra Sense, in fact it’s double that – Wings – 9mm vs Sense Ultra – 4mm which is the main reason I like them and my legs too. If you like more support and cushioning, these shoes are for you. Salomon’s Sensifit and Endofit are present in this model too providing great supportive feel without feeling constrictive.
I also really like the extra protection in the toe area; the well-defined toe cap is a bit sturdier than in the Sense Ultra model.
Overall, Salomon S-Lab Wings fit well and snug your feet nicely without being extremely tight. I didn’t get any blisters and no break-in period was needed; they felt good straight out of the box.
Why I like them
// More support and cushion
// Bigger heel drop – 9mm which suits me
// Extra protection in the toe are
// Lightweight shoe with a very good grip
// Who doesn’t like Salomon Quicklace system, right?
Salomon S-Lab Wings – Key Specifications
- SensiFit and EndoFit upper technologies
- 3D stretch air mesh upper fabric with synthetic reinforcements
- Quicklace system with lace pocket
- Die cut EVA sockliner
- Compressed EVA and injected EVA midsole
- Protective toe cap
- Heel drop: 20 mm // 27mm in the heel and 19mm in the forefoot
I’m really in love with the S-Lab Wings model; they proved themselves and they are one of the trail running shoes I can’t live without (read here). A great support, protection and grip; the key things I always look for in my next trail shoes and the Wings tick all the boxes.
If you can find it at a cheaper price than RRP, go for it (check Millets Sports some great offers). You won’t be disappointed. I’m already on the lookout for a bigger size for my boyfriend 😎 👌🏻
As the name suggests – These will give you wings… no arch pain, fit nicely, great support, no blisters & super light.
I was given the Salomon S-Lab Wings shoes free of charge but the opinions are my own.