By Darren Roberts
I've avoided Salomons up to now but can't find the reasons to any more. Maybe it was because too many people were wearing them, maybe its because I just hadn't worn Salomons before. Whatever the reasons, I've changed my mind. I raced the UTMB and the Lakeland 50 in Montrail Hardrocks and they were great - my only issue with them is the weight and also the high heel/sole which gave my calves alot of gip.
Anyway, they did me proud but they just weren't 100%. To seal my decision, I bumped into a chap called Mark Brooks half way through the UTMB - who raced the UTMB last year in Montrail Hardrocks and swapped them for the XT Wings - saying they were as comfortable if not more so, and worked for him in the Lakeland 100. Now, that for me is first-hand experience I can't ignore - especially from a Montrail fan such as myself.
So, for the next few weeks I'm trying them out:-
Salomon XT Wings
(backed-up by my ol Montrails of course. Thanks to Mark for the advice too - well done on the UTMB if you ever see this)
Useful review on the S-Lab version