The Salomon Fast Wing Tee earned our Top Pick for Features. While it was not our favorite shirt in the review, or one of the highest scorers, this shirt includes some great features that we could only dream the other shirts had. Our favorite feature is dual side pockets - reminiscent of the back pockets on a bike jersey - that are big enough for a couple of energy gels each or other small items like a cell phone. We also loved the silicon print on the shoulders designed for durability and keeping a pack in place. These features made it our go-to choice for a long ultra race, or trail runs where a pack is needed.
Salomon Fast Wing Tee ReviewPrice: $65 List Pros: Great feature set, zip-neck, sleek fit
Cons: Uncomfortable stitching and fabric
Weight (oz.): 5.6
Zip Neck Option?: Yes
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Salomon Fast Wing Tee is without doubt the most unique running shirt that we tested and has features that we have not seen before in any other running shirt. We also liked it for its sleeker fit, breathable paneling, and its style. Unfortunately, we found the Fast Wing Tee to be our least comfortable shirt, mostly due to the abrasiveness of the seam stitching on the inside of the shirt, but we also found the fabric to feel a bit itchy. These complaints are admittedly very nit-picky, and didn't stop us from wearing it during the Jemez Mountains 50 mile ultra race. It served us well on that outing and we greatly appreciated its race-specific features.
We could only award the Fast Wing Tee a 5 out of 10 for comfort as it was the least comfortable shirt of the bunch. What we did like was Salomon's "Active Fit," which accommodated our wide shoulders but was sleeker in the torso, without constriction. It was our favorite fitting shirt. However, the main fabric felt a little itchy to us and reminded us of our little league baseball uniform's rough polyester — not a great memory. The seam stitching on the inside of the shirt felt abrasive, especially around the neck zipper. This is such a well-made shirt that we really wish that this wasn't an issue. We much preferred taped seams on The North Face Kilowatt.
The Fast Wing Tee features mesh breathing panels seemingly everywhere. Panels under the arms stretch all the way down the sides, and panels on the back of the neck cover the entire middle back of the shirt. They do an effective job as this shirt breathes well.
Despite being constructed of Salomon's "ActiveDry" fabric, we found that the primary material was the second slowest to dry in our drying test.
We awarded the Fast Wing our Top Pick for Features, so it must have some good ones, right? We especially loved the dual side pockets, which sit just above the waistline and are easily within reach without awkward contortions or zippers to manipulate. We often stored gels, energy chews, granola bars, and trash wrappers in these pockets. They are great for use with or without a pack, as their location is designed to not interfere with anything on your back. If only every shirt had these pockets!
Additional features that we loved were the silicon dots printed onto the shoulders. Not only did they cut down on abrasion to the shirt while wearing a running pack, but they accomplished their primary purpose of keeping the pack in place wonderfully. The side effect of a pack that didn't move was there was no shirt ride-up on our backs, an oh-so-common problem. We also enjoyed the 1/2 zip neck, which gave us great freedom of ventilation.
Although the look of this shirt is decidedly European and road-biking influenced, we found it to be the best looking shirt of the bunch. The Patagonia Capilene Lightweight T-Shirt also has a slightly tighter fit.
The Fast Wing Tee is designed for ultra races or long days in the mountains or on the trail, and that is where it will excel. It would not be our first choice for road running or racing.
With an MSRP of $65.00, this is the least affordable shirts in our review. If you need a specialized technical shirt for ultra-efforts, then we think it is worth it. But if you are not concerned with all the special features, many more affordable shirts would serve you better.
The Salomon Fast Wing Tee is a running shirt that comes with great features, but also suffers from some unfortunate drawbacks. While we loved the built-in pockets, shoulder print, and zip-neck, we were quite unimpressed by its lack of comfort. While the abrasive seam stitching didn't keep us from wanting to wear it, it is easy for us to imagine a slightly tweaked and better version of this same shirt.
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