Fall 2012 Trail Running Shoe Review

Salomon XT Wings 3, $140

12.5 oz. (m), 10.5 oz. (w)

Fit: The XT Wings cinch down securely in the midfoot, thanks to Salomon’s quick-pull lacing system, and offer comfortable width and volume in the toe box. Narrow-footed testers might find the heel to be a bit too roomy.

Feel: This shoe has a relatively firm feel underfoot, with plenty of heel and forefoot cushion to keep feet comfortable. It feels like a serious shoe for aggressive mountain running instead of an early morning road-to-trail workout. Its pronation control mechanisms, 10.5mm heel-toe drop and solid undercarriage aid in stability but hinder flexibility.

Ride: Multi-directional lugs afford good traction for uphill and downhill running, while a stout toe-bumper keeps tootsies safe. This durable shoe has a burly amount of protection for the weight, which means rocks, roots and branches along the trail aren’t a problem.

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