The Salomon Fast Wing Tee is a techy and durable running shirt that received our Top Pick for Mountain Running.
Going to the summit of Kendall Mountain (13,000ft) in Silverton! If you're looking for the perfect shirt for high mountain trails or thick brush, then you've found it right here! The highly durable fabric and stacked features of the Salomon Fast Wing tee provide high performance and a wide temperature regulation range. Not only that, but it looks techy and cool!
Comfort & Fit
Of all the tops tested, we weren't super sold on the comfort of this top. The seams were a little uncomfortable (they were deep in comparison to the thinness of the fabric) and the fabric felt a little scratchy. That said, on longer runs we didn't notice any chafing or discomfort, but it just didn't feel as nice to the touch. The fit also felt a little small, and may not be the best choice for ladies with wider shoulders. If this sounds like you, we recommend sizing up or trying the S Lab Exo Tank. If you want a more comfortable t-shirt, you should check out the Adidas Supernova Tee - Women's.
All shirts tested had nice flat seam stitching to reduce chafing as seen here. However, the Salomon Fast Wing (pictured in the middle) had some seams that were a little bulkier which made this shirt slightly less comfortable than the rest.
We thought the additional mesh patterning on the back and armpits along with the zip-up collar were great breathability features. The active dry fabric weave is a little tighter (and less breathable), but more durable than other tops. Overall, it kept us a little warmer in cooler temperatures but was still okay for warm temperatures. This wide range of temperature regulation was one of the reasons it won a Top Pick for Mountain Running.
The mesh panels under the armpits and along the back of the Fast Wing are more lightweight and porous than its main material. This - coupled with a zip-up collar - means decent breathability in the places that see the most moisture.
This shirt offers good drying capability and we found it to be similar to most shirts we tested. Only our Editors' Choice winner - The North Face Better Than Naked Short Sleeve - dried more quickly. This shirt is the perfect choice for women who like to adventure into the mountains despite sporadic rain storms.
Even though the Fast Wing features many perks, we don't think it's very versatile outside of running due to its techy style. The durable fabric makes it a better choice for trail running versus road running, and the zipper adds allows the runner some autonomy when it comes to breathability.
Ahh! Features galore! There are two pockets in the back (on both the left and right side) that can fit a phone or a few couple of gels for longer runs. One thing we wished for were zippers on these pockets. There are silicon bumps welded to the fabric designed to keep a hydration pack from moving around and causing more abrasion. This is also the only shirt with a 1/4 zip that locks in place to - again - increase air flow. The fabric is also the most durable of all the shirts tested.
The Fast Wing Tee had two stash pockets in the back for gels, snacks, iPods and more! Since there are two pockets, we found that putting a phone on just one side lead to discomfort and a weight imbalance during the run. Make sure you use both pockets to balance the weight for a more comfortable adventure.
If you're looking for a stylish running top, you've found it here! The Fast Wing has a very techy look that will have bystanders knowing what sport you're into. Even with its cute design, flattering lines, and great color options, however, this shirt won't fit in around town.
If you're into techy looking tops - this one is for you!
The Fast Wing tee has many applications, but its best is in trail running. The more durable and slightly less breathable fabric caters to moments when you are hiking uphill through heavy brush and need a shirt that won't snag. Even though you can still wear it on the roads (where most people tend to move faster), it's not as breathable, so a shirt like the North Face Better than Naked short sleeve is a better option.
Take this running on any adventure that you embark upon! The trails is where this top will perform best due to its fabulously durable fabric and features. The welded silicon bumps are great for wearing a running pack; they prevent it from moving from side to side while on the run.
Even though $60 is a little steep for the price, we think this product is worth it. The highly durable fabric in combination with tons of features means this shirt will last and is worth the extra $10-20 in the long run.
The Salomon Fast Wing Tee has a plethora of features and durable fabric. We think it's best for trail running in the mountains in cool to warm conditions.
This wet day in the San Juans had nothing on the Salomon Fast Wing tee. Wear this Top Pick for any mountain adventure!