Salomon XT Wings S-Lab series are the ultimate trail running shoe that Salomon produced. with its broght colors, light materials, non- destructable soles, smooth cushining it is the elite athletes choice in all terrain trail running. This year they are revealing the fifth edition; Salomon XT S-Lab 5
There are; starting from last season two different versions of this show, soft ground is for the mud, desert, sand and grass surfaces where on the other hand ordinary one which is named Salomon XT S-Lab 5 has a more flattier sole so you can use them for UTMB TDS , Tor des Geants or more rocky and tought surfaces.
I had chance to see and examine some of the shoes and also still using my Salomon XT Wings S-Lab 2 shoe on most of my races. I finished UTMB CCC and UTMB TDS; 72km and 119km respectively with these shoes. It is very light, comfortable on the trails. The quick lace system is a saver in these races where you dont have lucury to lose time to tie your laces every time.
But after a certain period of time and usage sometimes in muddy surfaces like 16 hours of continious rain in 2010 CCC, i had huge effort and diffuculty due to the sole of the XT Wings. I guess these kind of responses from their customers gave Salomon Lab an idea that they created both soft and hard ground versions of these shoes.
These are the pictures starting from left to right; the Salomon XT Wings S-Lab series. One my favorites is the first one with its different red color. I have the second version where i am currently using on my races. The fourth edition which is the 4th picture on the middle after the small thmbnails is the soft ground version of Salomon XT Wings S-Lab 4
Salomon XT S-Lab 5 Soft Ground
As i did not tested the shoe yet, here are the images that i have got from Castleberg Outdoors. The soft ground version definately looks like Salomon Fell Cross S-Lab I in terms of the colors. The white one where it looks like Salomon S-Lab Sense`s colors. Light red and white in weight.
Please check the great review from James Kenyon ( Castleberg Outdoors ) and click to get more information here.
Soft Ground and Normal XT S-Lab 5 are almost same in weight where they are 330 and 325 grams respectively.
They both use the seamless technology and welded sensifit on the top of the shoe.
The lace pocket seems meshier and lighter as this is a development for all Salomon shoes to make them lighter and lighter.
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