200911140729Let’s Get Dirty

Let’s Get Dirty

Solomon XT Wings Test Report

 

Since I plan to schedule some trail run training in the following marathon season, I’ve been looking for trail-run shoes for weeks.

 

Of course, there is nothing in this field in Taiwan as usual, thus I’ve got to wandering around to find a right pair.

 

I bought a trail run gear catalog book last season in Japan, most stuff in Japan are expensive, best to buy in the States. Unfortunately I won’t be in the States for a while, and buying a pair of new shoes via web without even trying on is damn stupid, finally I decided to get it in Canada, where I travel to at least once a month.

 

Since I quitted mountaineering club in the collage a decade ago, I haven’t really done any research of outdoors equip. There’re too many new materials and fancy goods in outdoors shop nowadays, I was kind of lost.

 

I tried La Sportiva wildcat, Solomon XT Wings and Pro 3D. Wildcat was too stiff for me, and 3D was too narrow on the heels.

 

Finally I decided to have XT Wings. I liked the GTX(Gore-tex) vesion better, but they didn’t have my size in stock.

 

I kicked off a 30K LSD run after a few hours. On the dirty, rocky Richmond inshore trail, it was not a bad run.

 

Cushioning               8  of out of 10

Flexibility                 7

Responsiveness       5

 

Average                   7

 

Totally different from road racer, the function is focused on cushioning, and the fast-fasten-lace design is superb.

The only thing I don’t like is the wild opening, weeds or rocks might hop in.

 

Generally satisfied, ready to get dirty in winter !

 

 

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