Anyone know how good the traction is in snow? And does the sole compare to vibram soles?
In my experience, Salomon Contagrip soles are just as durable as Vibram. I also think they have better grip on slippery surfaces (such as wet rocks), but am not sure for snow.
If this Wings boot has the same soles as my XT Wings running shoe, the lugs are not very big for snow traction. But if you don't want a "Winter boot" then you won't find much bigger lugs on any other summer GTX boots anyways. Keen does a good job of putting big lugs on their summer and especially winter boots. Hope this helps!
I was on a 8 day backpacking trip through Yosemite and because of the heaving snow fall that year we spent 5 of it on snow. It snowed and rained on us the whole time and only on the last day did my boots start to soak through. Everyone in the group had different boots and the grip was as good or better. The only downfall to the boots are that they wear out quickly. Mine lasted two seasons but I put 160 trail and off trail miles on them so I guess that's not bad. I will take the wear out factor over breaking in boots for 6 weeks. I'm buying my second pair and have used about every brand of boot over the years.