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  • 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: 12.3oz
    Women: 10.6oz
  • 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: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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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.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A bit pricey.
  • The 3rd version of the Salomon XT Wings is a half size bigger, according to some runners, which allows more lateral movements.
  • 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.

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87 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

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Updates to Salomon XT Wings 3

  • 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.

Salomon XT Wings 3 size and fit

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.


Outsole

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 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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.