Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The Wings Flyte 2 GTX is so comfortable that several runners use it for daily use.
  • Breathability is quite good, even with the waterproofing membrane, according to some runners.
  • A majority of the reviewers loved the amazing grip of the 2nd version of the Wings Flyte GTX.
  • The QuickLace system allows easy and convenient fit adjustment.
  • A handful of reviewers noted the excellent arch support of this shoe.
  • Ground feedback is adequate, as experienced by a small group of runners.
  • The SensiFit overlays hold and support the foot very well.
  • The shoe drains very well, according to several testers.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of runners noted that it runs a bit small.
  • A few had durability issues in the upper.
  • It is expensive.
  • The shoe is a bit heavy for some runners.

Bottom line

The Salomon Wings Flyte 2 GTX is another trail running monster that is built for the rigors of outdoor training. It has many of Salomon’s trademark technologies that allow runners to tackle rugged and technical trail a little better. The shoe has superb traction, excellent comfort, a breathable mesh that is fully waterproof. Trail runners who are looking for a burly outdoor trainer that can take the runner from the road to the trails should find this shoe a worthy option.

Facts

Rankings

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

Expert Reviews

80 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | Altitude Blog | | Level 1 expert

    Overall, I feel that the Salomon Wings Flyte 2 GTX shoes perform very well in a variety of conditions that you may encounter on the trail including mud, large gravel, and boulders or slippery rock faces. I feel that these shoes would be the perfect choice for runners who are looking for transition shoes between road racing and trail running around the city. The lugged soles offer the necessary traction on the trail and the hardness of the lugs allow you to run sections of asphalt or concrete without fear of seeing your soles wearing down too quickly. I loved these shoes and I am already looking to putting them to a second test!

  • First look | Simply Hike

    Salomon Mens Wings Flyte GTX Trail Shoe is a lightweight, waterproof shoe for trail runners and active hikers. 

  • First look | Shop Zappos |

    It's got a really Quicklace system that can be tucked away in a Lace Garage.

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  • Salomon built on the success of the original Wings Flyte by serving up minor tweaks in the 2nd instalment of this line. The biggest change in this shoe takes place in the outsole where the arrow-shaped lugs are now replaced by a collection of trapezoids. Salomon makes the shoe a bit more versatile as running on the road becomes a bit smoother with this new underfoot design.
  • A few of the overlays in the toe box have been removed as well. There should be more volume in the toe box without structure and support. The shoe also looks more refined and neat because of this update.
  • The mesh is a bit softer and more breathable. The waterproofing membrane does not hinder air flow while the softer material helps the upper adapt to the runner’s foot better.
  • Comfort and plush feel get a minor boost with a slightly thicker ankle collar that also helps secure the foot against too much movement in this section.

The fit of the Salomon Wings Flyte 2 GTX is largely the same as the original version. Salomon’s network of overlays in the midfoot and the heel securely locks down the foot, especially on rugged or uneven terrain. The forefoot as enough room for a natural splay of the toes and should not cramp them when swelling happens. It runs true to size.


Just like in the popular Salomon Sense Ride 2, giving the Wings Flyte 2 GTX great traction, even in wet conditions is the Salomon-unique Wet Traction Contagrip technology. It is a very sticky rubber compound that delivers superior traction on almost any trail surface. The moderate size of the lugs enhances grip on the trails while it improves downhill running hold.


The midsole is where the shoe gets a nice blend of stability, support, and responsive cushioning. Running the entire length of the midsole is an injection molded EVA for lightweight and durable cushioning. A thin piece of TPU material called the AC Skeleton by Salomon spans the heel and midfoot for stability, responsiveness, and smoothens the transitions upon heel strike to take-off. Salomon utilizes another foam that it calls the AC2 Muscle that covers the heel to the midfoot for more shock-absorption and cushioning.


The new 3D Stretch Mesh gives optimal breathability in the 2nd version of the Wings Flyte 2 GTX. Beneath this mesh is the waterproofing Gore-Tex membrane that protects the foot and the shoe from water. Salomon’s innovative SensiFit overlays hold the heel and the midfoot in support and security. A bevy of trail-specific features are available in this shoe. It has almost 360° of mud protection, a tongue cover that prevents debris from getting into the shoe, and a sturdy toe bumper that prevents the bruising of toes. The QuickLace system offers effortless cinching while an Ortholite Sockliner provides anti-microbial properties and enhances cushioning and support.

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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