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Product Review: Salomon Wings Pro

The Wings Pro is by no means the new kid on the block when it comes to trail shoes but a shoe bearing the reputation as it does is always worth getting to know a little better. And with the arrival of the Wings Pro 2 shortly we had a look at what we can expect more of.

At first glance the shoe just looks tough and the toe protection is a stand out feature, it is pretty too and would not be out of place in a casual environment.

 

The Wings Pro sports some small adjustments which fine tune a long running recipe that Salomon have been using successfully in the XT Wings family.
One noticeable change from the XT Wings 3 is the mesh that attaches the tongue to the inside of the shoe underneath the inner sole, with previous models this was just attached to the mesh on top of the shoe and creates a tighter fit around the foot.

 

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** Mesh attachment

 

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The sole is super stiff as expected with a trail shoe at this level and provides a stable base to push off from on any surface, I tested the sole while bouldering and the shoe was very forgiving and allowed for a good amount of natural foot movement.

 

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The shoe sports a hard rubber front that creeps up from the sole to take full frontal impact and also makes the grip area on the front of the shoe larger for pushing off of surfaces with the front of the foot. The toe area is further protected with another thinner rubber layer which extends around the front and over the top of the toe box providing even further protection
The sides are about as protected as any shoe should be and noticeably the heel of the shoe holds a protective cup that is hidden inside the inner and outer layers, nothing is getting through there.
The stiffness of the sole as described before provides protection against any sharp objects that you might find underfoot.

 

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Naturally one of the first criteria when choosing a shoe is fit and comfort, for those with a slightly wider foot (much like myself) will find the half size option accommodates extra girth quite well and still keeps the foot snug without excess forward and backward movement on landings and jumps.
The collar fitted my ankle perfectly with zero rub and rear of the collar hugs the Achilles on both sides keeping the shoe in place on the foot during lateral movement.

 

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The traction on sand track and jeep track was great and the grip on slightly more technical terrain such as boulders and very loose descents was good but not as good as the other pair of Salomons I was testing; perhaps an unfair comparison to a pair of SLAB’s. Had I not been comparing side by side I probably would have been perfectly happy with the grip.

 

Wet conditions
Chances are you are going to run through a river or two so drainage on the trail shoe becomes a factor and the XT Pro holds no water, literally.

 

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RRP R1899, there are cheaper trail shoes around but the Wings Pro is going to last a while and take a load of knocks before it gives in.

 

Comments, Info, observations (unrated)
Salomon have always made lacing a no brainer with a super strong lace and draw mechanism that is tucked away in a purpose made pouch on the tongue of the shoe to prevent snagging.

 

Overall opinion
This is technically a great shoe that will do some serious distance and take some punishment on the trails, the shoe will protect your foot from pretty much anything and offers great support all round. A perfect all-rounder shoe.

 

Detail for the more analytical runner:
Stack difference between front and back 9.5mm to 20mm
Weight: 345gm

 






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