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
    $140
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 12oz
    Women: 10.1oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    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: 28mm
    Women: 28mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Oct 2016
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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.

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Updates to Salomon Wings Flyte 2 GTX

  • 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.

Salomon Wings Flyte 2 GTX size and fit

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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.