Summary

We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The upper unit features the Stretch Air Mesh, which allows breathability and freedom for foot movement.
  • The S-Lab Wings from Salomon has a set of comfortable upper and mid-sole components that many wearers welcomed, especially since it’s created for the trails.
  • The shoe itself has a semi-glossy look that improves visibility in low-light conditions.
  • Runners appreciate the standard length of this shoe, making it a good fit for many foot types.
  • The durability of its individual parts is impressive.
  • This running shoe was created with a unisex design, making it work well for both men and women.
  • It may look like a bulky shoe, but the Salomon S-Lab Wings shoe has a moderate weight.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were testers who did not sit well with the sock liner because they had instances when it folded near the mid-foot area.
  • The tongue could also use additional padding to support the upper part of the foot.
  • This one is a pricey running shoe.

Bottom line

Many runners received the S-Lab Wings well because of its receptive upper fit, the adequate nature of its cushioning system and the reliability of its trail-specific features. It’s a neutral shoe that doesn’t offer a lot of stability underfoot, but has dependable qualities.

Facts

Rankings

Among the better Trail running shoes
It has never been more popular than this May

Expert Reviews

87 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 | Gearist | | Level 5 expert

    Yes, the price is high, but if you’re looking for a shoe that can handle the miles and you like a firmer ride, this may be what you’re looking for.

  • 87 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    The S-Lab is a lot of versatile, well mannered all terrain shoe for 9.8oz, 278 grams but the performance and quality of construction comes at a cost, $180

  • 85 / 100 | Trail to Peak | | Level 5 expert

    This shoe is definitely worth trying on, and I think it is going to be a home run for a lot of people.

  • 88 / 100 | Gear Institute | | Level 3 expert

    Everything about this shoe is built for running hard and fast, from the responsive midsole to the unique internal sleeve fit system to the low-profile outsole lugs.

  • 81 / 100 | Must Love Jogs | Level 3 expert

    For me, this is a perfect drop, and it’s one more reason that I think these can get the job done at any distance.

  • 83 / 100 | Must Love Jogs | | Level 2 expert

    This will be great on hard trail, soft trail and some roads.

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  • The outsole of the Salomon S-Lab Wings was improved with the Contragrip rubber. This is a new rubber compound designed to tackle wet or slippery grounds and a wide range of trails. The lugs are in 4mm depth, which make the outsole more aggressive even on muddy and wet terrains. This change also increased the shoe’s durability.
  • The Midsole was also changed from the cushioning system to the stack height, with the utilization of the Injected EVA together with the ProFeel Film. The 9 mm stack height is new, but despite its high profile, it is very efficient for trail running. This design makes the shoe not just comfortable in its cushioning, but firm and flexible as well in its stability.
  • The upper is also modified and reinforced with 3D stretch mesh that comes with a backing that keeps out smaller debris. Sensifit and Endofit are also utilized in this shoe, providing the comfort and snug fit needed in running the trails. The lacing system is changed with the use of the Quicklace and Lace pocket. These are used for easy exit and entry of foot into the shoe, and for easy lace tucking.
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The Salomon S-Lab Wings same as with its recent version, the S-Lab Wings 8, has a fit and sizing at spot on for some racers with wide foot. The toe box area is roomy in its nice shape and stretch, while the mid-foot is pleasing with the Sensifit and Endofit. For the heel cup, the fitting is great and comfortable. It is a unisex shoe and is available in men’s sizes.


Same as in the popular Salomon Sense Ride 2, the outsole of the S-Lab Wings uses the Salomon’s notable ContraGrip technology that provides durable traction on different surfaces. It has sports specific geometry, density and compound designed to tackle the toughest terrain.


The S-Lab Wings features the full-length molded EVA midsole foam that delivers enough amount of cushioning for trail running. It also delivers added stability while running on varied trails.

The Profeel Film is strategically added in the midsole to provide addition midfoot protection without affecting the shoe’s overall ground feel.


The upper coverage of the Salomon S-Lab Wings is made from 3D stretch mesh that offers adaptive fit and added support while maintaining its breathable characteristic.

It also features the combining benefits of the brand’s EndoFit and SensiFit technologies. The SensiFit system hugs the foot securely for a comfortable, precise fit. The EndoFit system provides an improved feedback and foot wrapping.

The shoe also features the Salomon’s notable quick-lacing system that works perfectly with the lace pockets, keeping the laces out of the way while running.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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