Summary

We spent 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

4 reasons to buy

  • Without a doubt, the Salomon XT Wings 3 provides great comfort that lets runners endure long-distance runs, according to a handful of testers.
  • The XT Wings 3 features the Ortholite sock liner that reduces the odor and bacteria inside the shoe.
  • This trail shoe includes the Contagrip rubber found on the outsole, which improves its traction useful especially on wet surfaces.
  • Most runners were impressed with the shoe's breathable mesh upper.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A bit pricey.
  • A couple of runners say that this Salomon shoe has a slightly firmer feel underfoot.

Bottom line

Great for trail and mountain running, the Salomon XT Wings 3 is a stability running shoe that cannot be used for speed work. Runners who love any kind of outdoor activities will enjoy running a lot more with enough protection and comfort.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Trail running shoe
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this May

Expert Reviews

87 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    A stable shoe for bigger runners on rough terrain.

  • 83 / 100 | Active Gear Review | | Level 3 expert

    While they are a far cry from a road shoe, I’m not uncomfortable taking them from road to trail and back.

  • 92 / 100 | Running Warehouse | | Level 2 expert

    The XT Wings is built for day-long trail runs. Delivering cushioning, a bit of support and a comfortable fit, this shoe has everything a runner needs to go test themselves against the mountain.

  • 88 / 100 | The Big Outside | | Level 2 expert

    While a stretchy, mesh overlay on the tongue helped keep out most trail debris, the highly breathable mesh uppers let in a lot of dust, so my socks and feet got pretty dirty on longer runs.

  • 81 / 100 | My Running Addiction | Level 2 expert

    However I feel that the shoe would be a better if they had included the Goretex technology or some kind of waterproof technology into the shoe as it will help feet stay dry even when running in the rain.

  • 87 / 100 | Vegan Trail Runner | | Level 1 expert

    The upper is, I think, a one piece seamless solution that uses Salomon's Sensifit and Quicklace systems to mould to your foot. The lace also tucks into a little pocket on the top of the tongue so that it's out of harms way.

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  • The Salomon XT Wings 3 comes with an updated outsole. It features the bi-directional lug pattern that provides and improved traction. The updated outsole unit also uses the high abrasion rubber in the high wear areas for increased durability.
  • The upper was also updated in the 3rd version of the XT Wings. It has welded overlays, wrapping the foot for a secure fit. It is also designed to reduce the occurrence of blisters. The closed mesh upper, which is another update on this shoe, keeps the debris from entering the shoe.

The XT Wings 3 has a standard running shoe size. The heel and forefoot area comfortably accommodates runners with narrow to medium foot shape. The midfoot area is of standard measurement. Those who found a perfect fit with the previous version will also found the same fit on this shoe.


It uses the brand’s ContraGrip technology that is designed to deliver an impressive and reliable traction, keeping the runners upright in different surfaces.

The outsole also uses the high-abrasion rubber that gives added traction and durability to high wear areas, adding to the longevity property of the shoe. The outsole of this shoe is as reliable as the outsole of the Sense Ride 2.

The outsole unit also features the AC Tendon technology that increases rubber resiliency and give the shoe an extra bounce. It is engineered to deliver high energy return to improve performance.


The midsole features the AC2 muscle that provides additional cushioning. It works well with the AC Skeleton element that holds the foot in place for a more stable and secure environment for every runner. It delivers a smooth heel-to-toe transition and reduces lateral movement.

Found in the midsole as well is the Triple Density Molded EVA that provides enough amount of underfoot cushioning. It works well the S-EVA foam strategically placed in the shoe’s footbed.


The upper of the Salomon XT Wings 3 features a closed upper mesh that keeps debris from entering the shoe. The upper mesh, despite its anti-debris properties, remains breathable and comfortable. The tongue of the shoe was also designed to prevent debris from entering while giving an added comfort.

It uses the Asymmetrical Quick-Lacing system that is made from Kevlar fibers, allowing the foot to enter and exit the shoe easily while giving a secure fit. Together with this is the lace pockets that keep laces out of the way.

Lastly, it features the new welded Sensifit overlays that wrap the foot for a more secure and comfortable fit.

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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