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Backpacker Magazine – 2010 Editors' Choice/Gear Guide

Editors' Choice 2010: Salomon Wings Sky GTX

Hike far, fast.

by: BACKPACKER Editors

Salomon Wings Sky GTX (Steve Howe)
Salomon Wings Sky GTX (Steve Howe)

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video icon VIDEO REVIEW: See the Salomon Wings Sky GTX in action in Switzerland.

Fast and light meets cushioned and stable in this category-bending hybrid. After Alps days that included long trail miles, snow-covered passes, and pavement pounding getting in and out of villages, one tester said, “They never felt out of place.” Three things elevate this shoe above a beefed-up sneaker.

1) Fit: A medium-volume heel pocket combined with a low-volume midfoot enhances stability on rough surfaces, and an asymmetrical, high-volume forefoot allows for foot swell.

2) Stiff synthetic bands buttress the high ankle shaft and anchor at the lace points, bolstering stability.

3) Excellent arch support let us put in 15-hour days with 50-pound packs—with no excessive foot fatigue. Other features are equally dialed. EVA cushion makes for a pillow-soft heel strike, a Gore-Tex liner ensures waterproofing, and the low-profile tread grips well on all surfaces.

Caveat: The priority here is flex. A half-length thermoplastic “chassis” provides rear-foot support, but some hikers may want more rigid protection under the forefoot. $200; 2 lbs. 4 oz. (9); men’s 7-13, 14; salomon.com

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Kirk
Dec 01, 2013

I love these boots! They are great for someone who wants a trail running feel, but with tons of ankle support. For those interested here is a full review of my pair to help you make a purchasing decision: http://therecreationalist.com/salomon-wings-sky-gtx-review-best-snowshoeing-boot/

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william k
Apr 22, 2011

I have a pair of Salomons and really love them....until recently. After wearing them for a couple months in pure joy and comfort they developed a "squeek" when I walk. Its quite distracting and embarrassing esp when walking in a hospital or store. Whats up with this and is there anyway to fix it? I hate to give these awesome boots up because of this. Love them in the outdoors. On another positive note, maybe they will scare the bears away.

Chris
Oct 06, 2010

Anyone have any comparison experience with these and the Kayland Zephyr's?

Andrei
Sep 25, 2010

What's the sizing for these ones, i have the Quest 4D GTX, i bought them 1/2 sizes larger, some sites says that they are true to size.

I will have to order them online from another contry, because in Romania are due to 2011 summer.

Lee VA
Sep 22, 2010

Come on, guys you leave a flame on this site by internet, but cant do a quick search from theme. ZAPPOS, and other sites have in stock.

MacC
Sep 21, 2010

Amen to Eric's comment on 9/18/10. Its end of september and boots are still not available anywhere. Magazines plus Manufacturers = SCAM.

Eric Christensen
Sep 18, 2010

why does backpacker constantly hype gear that is not readily available to the public? Summer has come and gone, and they are still unavailable. These awards seem like a promo scam between manufacturers and backpacker staff. This magazine has really gone downhill.

David
Aug 05, 2010

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Emily Kewley
Aug 04, 2010

Dislocated my ankle earlier this year and was looking for a light hiking boot I could use all summer for support. This boot is phenomenal. Following years and years of hiking and always getting some kind of issue with my hiking boots. Have had zero problems with these boots. SUPER comfortable. Best money I have spent in a long time :) and have hiked for up to 9 hours at a time.

grant mitman
Jul 25, 2010

not available in any store.. rei says mid october--what a bummer--any way to get a pair

Katie
Jul 01, 2010

Ordered a pair of these through the Salomon store in Toronto (416) 384 1661. Very helpful and quick shipping. Live out West and had them within 4 days. I know they just charge a $10 flat rate for your entire purchase anywhere in Canada. Stock most Salomon product and if not in store they will ship from the warehouse ! Great service :)

Camp Mom
May 30, 2010

Pretty sure we just saw these at REI yesterday (Schaumburg, IL).

Hope you find them. Happy camping.

R.J. Wall
May 26, 2010

I got super pumped about these after reading the reviews and now I can't find them anywhere!

Mary
May 18, 2010

These Salomon boot sound great but they are not available anywhere...so while the review is interesting its useless. Google the boot and see that no companies carry it.

Casey
Apr 27, 2010

I have these in the older low-rise women's model and love them - but yes, you can feel the trail underfoot in front, in particular. Fine for shorter hikes but for my taste I would want something heavier and more protective for a longer hike. jine are an earlier version though, maybe they have beefed them up a bit.

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