I was hooked on the Salomon XT Wings comfort since the first time I put them on. I'm 6'2" 185lb and found the shoes to be a good balance between some of the minimalist shoes on the market that felt like wooden dutch clogs and the moonboots I've seen others wearing at some of the local trail run races. Since purchasing the XT's I've put over 1,000 miles on them including the Speedgoat 50K trail run at Snowbird Ski Resort in Salt Lake City, UT this past weekend. After this much mileage on the shoes they're beat up...but to my amazement they actually held up thru the race. The race has some extreme conditions including nasty downhills on gravelly and rocky trails, running thru and down rivers, and negotiating some sweet glacial glissades. Due to the above average snow year, parts of the trails were actually rivers...and I had no blisters after running 31 miles in wet feet. For me these are the shoes of choice as long as Salomon doesn't mess to much with the design or price. Each of my pairs has ripped in the same place - up near the joint of my big toe...but other than that the shoes have held up well. Shoes run a bit small...I'm normally a 10.5 but wear an 11 in the salomons. Love the lacing system..quick to adjust. Given the stink that they've now accumulated, my wife has hidden them in the garage somewhere or I'd show you a picture. They stink, look nasty, and the entire toe box is about to rip thru...but after this many miles and hard pounding ultramarathons can't bring myself to give them up. Have another race this saturday and need to find a new pair of shoes and to be honest...I'm getting lost in all the Salomon derivatives of the original XT shoe and pricing seems to be skyrocketing. I love the shoes...hope I can find similar ones to purchase.