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 Salomon trail shoe offers.


  • 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.

The Salomon S-Lab Wings 8 SG and its base shoe, the S-Lab Wings 8, 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.

Similar to the well known Salomon Sense Ride 2, 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.

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.

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.

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.