Salomon XT Wings 2
Ross McEwen, October 16, 2011
With some multi-sport endurance rates set for the summer, I got myself a pair of the XT Wings 2 to see whether Annency-based Salomon could steer me through the season.
The XT Wings 2 is Salomon’s ‘top of the line’ trail shoe in their ‘expert’ category. With more cushioning than a dedicated race shoe, the XT Wings are suited to training and racing over longer distances. The light weight (352g) and mesh construction ensures that they are not a hindrance when crossing water-logged ground. The grip provided by the patented ‘Contagrip’ is great on gravel and wet rocks but lacks the ultimate cohesion of an aggressive race shoe on muddy descents.
I used this shoe for Scotland Coast to Coast and they provided almost 13 hours of comfort. The decisive feature of this shoe in a race situation is the ‘quicklace’ system. This is a kevlar/nylon cord which is pulled tight then locked with a plastic toggle. The remainder of the lace is then tucked into the tongue pocket, adding to a sleek looking shoe, but more importantly a shoe that will never become loose on your foot or provide a lace to trip over. The result of this is that I did not touch my feet for 13 hours and the laces remained at optimal tension throughout.
The comfort and comfort and grip of the Salomon XT Wings 2 is good, but the lace technology is the show-stealer that gives you one less thing to consider on race day.