Facts

  • Terrain
    Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use
    Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    Price
    $180
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10.1oz
    Women: 10.1oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 9mm
    Women: 9mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 29mm
    Women: 29mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Comfort is considered by many as really good in the Soft Ground version of the S-Lab Wings 8.
  • Most of the reviewers raved about the shoe’s traction, particularly on wet ground or slick surfaces.
  • A plush inner sleeve adds support and provides excellent next-to-skin feel.
  • A handful loved the way it nimbly moves on technical trail despite the well-cushioned midsole and rather thick outsole.
  • The outsole durability of the S-Lab Wings 8 SG is great, according to some runners.
  • The anti-debris mesh keeps unwanted objects out of the shoe.
  • A few noted that it is somewhat light without compromising stability and support.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe is expensive.
  • A few runners noted that breathability is not quite good compared to other Salomon trail shoes.
  • Limited color options.

Bottom line

The S-Lab Wings 8 SG is Salomon’s answer to technical and soft surfaces. It has got more aggressive treads than the regular model so it can hold onto loose or slick surfaces with ease. The shoe delivers superb support, durability, and comfort. While this may be one of the more expensive options out there, runners should have their money’s worth with the kind of long-lasting performance this shoe offers.

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Updates to Salomon S-Lab Wings 8 SG

  • Salomon offers many of its tried and tested trail-specific features in the S-Lab Wings 8 SG. What separates it from the standard version are the bigger and more aggressive lugs for those who take their runs on sloppy surfaces and on technical trails. The lugs also offer a wider surface upon contact for great stability.
  • TPU overlays forming a wraparound hold on the foot continues to be a staple of Salomon shoes. This shoe utilizes the same kind of support when running on uneven terrain. These overlays lock down the foot in a very supportive way.
  • Support and comfort are strengthened by the presence of the inner sleeve that hugs the foot. The inner sleeve is made up of plush material to eliminate hot spots or blisters.
  • There are other trail-specific schemes like the anti-debris mesh, the lace pocket, and the TPU film in the underfoot that are all designed to make running on trails as comfortable, safe, and convenient.

Salomon S-Lab Wings 8 SG size and fit

The Salomon S-Lab Wings 8 SG comes in a unisex model, which means that it is sold in men’s sizing. Runners with standard measurements can get the most out of the fit of this shoe. It has an excellent heel and midfoot hold while the forefoot has adequate room for the toes to naturally splay. The shoe runs true to size as well.


Outsole

The entire outsole of the Salomon S-Lab Wings 8 SG is covered with Non-Marking Contagrip rubber compound that is designed to provide superb traction in wet conditions. Also found in the underfoot are the numerous aggressive lugs that deliver excellent grip on soft ground and technical trails. The decoupled heel isolates shock and adds a bit of cushioning.


Midsole

The midsole is a combination of injection molded and compression molded EVA. Salomon places the softer foam on top of the firmer foam to give the right balance of cushioning and responsiveness. Between the midsole and the outsole is a thin piece of ProFeel Film that protects the foot against sharp objects without taking away precious ground feedback.


Upper

The upper of the S-Lab Wings 8 SG is heavily-packed with many of Salomon’s most trusted trail-specific features. Giving the shoe excellent hold are the TPU overlays called the Sensifit system. It allows the upper to conform to the runner’s foot and provides support and security. Another popular technology in the upper is the Endofit or the plush inner sleeve that wraps the foot in comfort and support. Providing quick and effortless cinching is a Kevlar-made drawstring that does not come undone. The Quicklace system can then be stowed inside a lace pocket for safety. An anti-debris mesh is breathable and keeps objects from entering the shoe. The synthetic toe bumper prevents the toes from getting bruised while a Die Cut EVA offers added cushioning.