We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Uses a breathable mesh upper that is supportive and non-irritating.
  • The Wings Flyte features a fit system that reacts to every adjustment done to the lacing system.
  • Many runners took well the asymmetrical Quicklace system, which makes adjusting the fit easier and more responsive.
  • Testers were appreciative of the moderately roomy forefoot area.
  • The lateral movement of those with over-pronated foot motion will be alleviated by the mid-sole components.
  • The Contagrip outsole makes the underside of the shoe more formidable on the trails.

4 reasons not to buy

  • There were testers who felt that the mid-foot area was a bit too tight.
  • Some runners who want more freedom of movement detested the stiffness of the Salomon Flyte.
  • Moderately high price tag.
  • There were those who didn’t like the heavy weight and the bulky look of this shoe.

Bottom line

Favored by hardcore trail runners, the Wings Flyte offers durable protection against debris, responsible underfoot cushioning, effective pronation control mechanics, and a comfortable upper wrap. It’s heavy, but it’s a running shoe that has adequate arch support and great protective systems.


  • Traversing the trails and the unpredictable terrains won’t be any problem with the Salomon Wings Flyte. This running shoe delivers reliable performance and service for those who want to be efficient when exacting their capabilities on the various outdoor topographies. The high quality materials used here are all able to work together in order to deliver great service to the runner.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of a breathable mesh material that has a durable nature. As it allows air to enter the shoe in order to maintain a cool & dry environment for the foot, it also keeps debris away, basically protecting the interior from small objects that might enter it. Trail-specific features provide protection against rocks, jagged surfaces, and even mud.
  • The mid-sole unit of the Salomon Wings Flyte utilizes utilizes high quality foam technologies in order to keep the foot well-cushioned at all times. A springiness can even be felt, ensuring that the platform is able to let the shoe be propelled with every step. A thermoplastic unit that runs from the rear of the shoe to the mid-foot section even reduces the rate of pronation, balancing the stance of the foot.
  • Traction and protection against the abrasive nature of the trails are provided by this shoe’s durable outsole unit. High quality rubber makes this layer strong and capable of resisting damage. Gripping lugs that face different directions afford multi-surface traction.

The Salomon Wings Flyte has a regular running shoe length. It comes in sizes that are right for both men and women. The heel, mid-foot and forefoot sections have medium widths, so it is able to accommodate those who have medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural curvature of the human foot.

Just like in the popular Salomon Sense Ride 2, this shoe uses the Contagrip which is a high-quality rubber material that is able to protect the rest of the sole unit from wear and tear. Its durable nature prevents it from being easily damaged by constant exposure to the terrain. It is also able to deliver traction.

Gripping lugs that face different directions make sure to allow the runner the capability to traverse many types of surfaces. Uphill and downhill treks become easy, as well, because it is able to hold onto the ground well.

The main mid-sole unit is the Injected Ethylene vinyl acetate foam, which is responsible for cushioning the foot throughout. Though it has a springy and responsive nature, it doesn’t break down easily because it’s durable.

The AC Skeleton is a thermoplastic unit that goes from the platform’s rear to the mid-foot area. It helps in reducing lateral movement, essentially keeping the foot in a balanced and neutral position when running or when standing idly.

The AC2 Muscle foam is placed between the AC Skeleton and the outsole unit. It delivers durable cushioning that won’t easily wear off or break down.

The Ortholite Sock Liner adds a bit more cushioning to the immediate underfoot area. Aside from that, its anti-microbial and anti-moisture properties make the interior environment clean and healthy.

The upper unit makes use of an anti-debris mesh in order to keep the shoe and the foot safe from the harmful nature of the various objects that are found on the trails. Dust, rocks, and even wood splinters won’t easily tear this fabric apart. It also retains a breathable nature, thus making the interior chamber cool and dry.

The Sensifit overlay system helps the fabric when it comes to wrapping around the foot in a snug and secure way. Connected to the lacing system, it adapts to how the shoelaces are adjusted, basically allowing a customizable fit.

The Asymmetrical Quicklace system is an easy way to adjust the tightness or looseness of the upper. Made from Kevlar fibers, this cable that serves as the shoelace is stretchable and durable. One tug from this and the coverage is immediately adjusted.

A Protective Synthetic Toe Cap prevents the toes from being affected by the harsh nature of the topography. Even when the shoe bumps against rocks and other obstacles, it would be able to shield the forefoot from immediate harm.

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.