Review: Salomon S-Lab Wings SG
The S-Lab series of shoes are, from an athlete's standpoint, the epitope of what trail shoes can and should be. The products are vetted by some of the best athletes in the off road racing community, so the hope is a product that excels without compromise.
The S-Lab Wings are just another example of why this process continues to keep Salomon at the top of the trail running world when it comes to lust worthy shoes.
Firstly let’s talk uppers. The whole upper is seamless, meaning there are little to no overlays on the product, which in my experience means no hot spots or rubbing points. The textile used in the upper is a thick ripstop, which in my mind seems somewhat resistant to the elements but not waterproof so the breathability factor is not affected. Unlike other S-Lab products the tongue seems to be more substantial which kept the lacing system from biting into my ankle (I have found the Sense line culprit of this if laced too tightly).
The outsole is ContraGrip with a generously deep lug, which given the SG moniker (Soft Ground) seems appropriate. They did a great job tearing up the loamy pacific coast dirt, giving confidence with each step that I wasn’t going to eat it when tearing down some twisty downhill.
The other features that I liked were the thicker sole (28-19 mm stack height), a sub 11-ounce weight and a rock plate. This gave the shoe a more substantial feel than others in the S-Lab series. I felt like I could train and race in these shoes without fear of totally decimating them in a few short weeks, something I have done with other shoes from the S-Lab series on a few occasions. The rock plate is just a great feature that may add to the weight, but that added protection is something I often look for in a shoe I am going to use day in and day out.
I can’t speak yet to the durability of the shoe but at this point I have put over 150 km on varying terrain, and the shoes appear to have little to no wearing points to speak of. I will try to update at the 500 km point.
Overall I am extremely happy with how this shoe has performed thus far in testing. I think if you are looking for an aggressive, sleek and performance driven shoe, that will last a bit longer in your training cycle, then the Salomon S-Lab Wings SG is going to be at the top of your list.