We spent 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The superior traction on basically all types of outdoor surfaces is usually the starting point of the reviews for the Wings Pro 2 GTX.
  • It is very durable, according to many of the reviewers.
  • The ProFeel film gives sufficient ground feedback without taking away precious underfoot protection against sharp objects or rugged terrain.
  • It has a sock-like fit that is generally loved by some users.
  • The seamless Sensifit overlays reduces risk of blisters or hot spots.
  • It is quite stable, based on the observations of several runners.
  • More than a handful were very happy about the now roomy toe box.

3 reasons not to buy

  • It runs a bit large.
  • It is very expensive.
  • Some runners found it to be slightly too heavy.

Bottom line

Salomon introduces a waterproof version in the 2nd version of the Wings Pro. It combines awesome traction and adequate stability on the roughest terrain. The shoe is best maximized on rocky ground, grass, and loose gravel. This may be one of the most expensive shoes on the market, but it does offer serious performance, durability, and good looks in return.


  • From the ground up is where the changes happen in the Salomon Wings Pro 2 GTX. As a trail shoe, a notable modification occurs in the outsole where a sticky rubber compound makes the construction an exceptional blend of traction and durability.
  • Salomon also gave the shoe a more forgiving ride in this version by using a regular heel chassis instead of the 3D version of the original model. The stability of the shoe provided by this chassis is adequate without the often harsh support from the earlier edition of this shoe.
  • The softer ride is also because of the new dual-layer cushioning. Salomon gives the GTX version of the Wings Pro 2 more cushioning with still enough pop in the midsole with this new dual midsole design.
  • Giving more room in the toe box is the last update. Without the thick rubber toe guard, there is more space for the toes to naturally splay.

The overall fit of the Wings Pro 2 GTX is rock solid where support and security go. There is an excellent hold in the heel because of the heel chassis while midfoot lock down comes in the form of the seamless overlays. With more room in the toe box, runners can comfortably allow their toes to splay and accommodate mid-run swelling with ease. It runs a bit larger than standard.

Salomon incorporates a sticky rubber compound in the outsole of the Wings Pro 2 to enhance traction while durability continues to be a prime asset in this shoe due to the hard carbon rubber. Just like in the popular Salomon Sense Ride 2, it has numerous Contagrip trapezoid lugs that add bite on uneven and challenging terrain.

The midsole is a marriage of injection and compression molded EVA. Salomon places the soft foam on top of the firm one for a more cushioned feel and better shock-absorbing design. It is a layout that is often used in a shoe’s midsole as the combination of cushioning, shock dispersal, and responsiveness are great. A heel chassis gives the shoe a stable ride without being too hard for the runner. Salomon’s proprietary ProFeel film sits between the midsole and the outsole for added protection against the rough terrain or sharp objects along the way.

The Salomon Wings Pro 2 GTX wears the 3D stretch mesh like a cloak. It gives breathable coverage without allowing trail debris to come in. The GTX or waterproof lining is located beneath this mesh for watertight protection. Allowing runners a blister-free run with superb support are the seamless Sensifit overlays. These are found on the midfoot and reaches back for some heel support as well. They also give the eyelets more durability. The QuickLace system is a staple in Salomon shoes for quick and effortless cinching. A TPU toe cap keeps the toes from getting bruised while an anatomically-designed footbed adds cushioning and support.

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.