Verdict from 11 experts and 74 user reviews

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.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Good to know

  • 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.


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