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Running with wings.
When it comes to tackling technical terrain, the Salomon Men's S-Lab Wings 8 Trail Running Shoe knows a thing or two about how high-stepping over rocks and maneuvering steep terrain. The Wings 8 features a lightweight yet dependable construction that's built specifically for trail running in unpredictable conditions.
The Wings 8 is equipped with a Quicklace system, and breathable, stretchy 3D Air Mesh, which ultimately assures a comfortable climate for your foot and prevents the build-up of moisture within your socks. Additionally, the Wings 8 is fashioned with Salomon's Sensifit construction, cradling your foot for a precise and secure fit. A protective toe cap safeguards your metatarsals from the ever-present trail obstacles, while the Profeel film doubles down on your trail-side protection. Perhaps most importantly, though, the two-piece midsole cultivates the right kind of softness underfoot for shock attenuation and energetic, return response so you're not left with sore feet and dead legs by the end of your run. The Descent control design offers ample grip and rip when running downhill, and the Contagrip outsole actually becomes more tacky when wet.
- A lightweight, technical shoe for trail running
- Breathable, stretchy mesh assures run-long comfort
- Protective overlays and toe cap safeguard metatarsals
- Quicklace system provides a secure, snug fit
- Two-piece midsole attenuates shock and supports foot
- Contagrip outsole becomes more tacky when wet
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I've always wanted to try out some of the S-Lab shoes, but never could bring myself to pay that much. When I saw them on sale I had to jump on them and I wasn't disappointed. These shoes are awesome. I'm still not 100% sure I'm using the quick laces correctly. It seems like if I'm tightening them in the natural position, they come down directly on the tongue, which is where the pouch is to tuck the laces. Again, this may be a me issue. This is very minor as I still give them five stars.
Drop it Low
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: 9
Noticeable drop but great for attacking the climbs. SUPER LIGHT. Broke them in with a cruisey 8mi 1000ft gain and ended up blister-free. Feels a half size large or less.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
Salomon makes some of the best trail shoes in the market. These are no different. If you run in Salomon shoes, the sizing is the same as other Salomon styles. Compared to other brands I find Salomon to be 1/4 size larger. So far I have been running in these shoes for about four weeks and they are great. They are not as light and low profile as the s-lab sense, but offer a bit more protection. Great for those days when you are not racing.