|Base model:||Salomon Wings Flyte 2|
|Weight:||Men: 12oz | Women: 10.1oz|
|Heel to toe drop:||Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm|
|Arch type:||High arch|
|Strike Pattern:||Heel strike|
|Distance:||Daily running | Long distance | Marathon|
|Heel height:||Men: 28mm | Women: 28mm|
|Forefoot height:||Men: 18mm | Women: 18mm|
|Release date:||Oct 2016|
|Type:||Heavy | Big guy|
|Width:||Men: Normal | Women: Normal, Wide|
|Colorways:||Black, Blue, Orange, Pink, Red|
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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.