Salomon Quest 4D GTX Hiking Boot


Overview:
A lot of my time spent outside is devoted to hiking or backpacking, perhaps it's the simplicity of the activity that is appealing to me or how easy it is to share that experience with others. Regardless of the reasoning behind why you or I hike, good footwear is a requirement! I'm a pretty big fan of Salomon footwear in general and had my eye on the Quest 4D GTX hiking boot for a while. Salomon designed the backpacking boot around their trail-running shoes making the final product a light-weight, but very supportive boot.

The Quest 4D GTX uses a gore-tex liner making the boot waterproof but breathable, hence the "GTX" part of the name.  One of the features I really like on the boot are the lace-lock eyelet that enables you to crank down the laces on the foot without the need of keeping the laces in constant tension. The boot retails at $230 so definitely not a bargain, but it's respectable against the competition from other brands for a high-end hiking and backpacking boot. 

Fit and Performance: 
The Quest 4D GTX has narrow/moderate heel and a wide forefoot and toe box. The boot offers a generous amount of instep room for orthotics, but not too much that you can't keep your heel in place. The boots feels as if the Quest 4D was designed for my feet. The width in the forefoot and toe box allows ample room for your feet to change width throughout a long day found on a trail.

My first trip in the Quest boot was an overnight trip to Colchuck Lake in Leavenworth, WA. I was expecting minor discomfort considering the boots was fresh out of the box but as the trail got worse and the day progressed, my feet were still super comfortable. What's even more impressive was late into the night when bathroom duty called, the Quest was as comfortable as a slipper. There aren't many boots that feel good as a slipper after a day of hiking straight out of the box.

After that hike, I really wanted to see how the Quest 4D would handle a multi-day backpacking trip in the central Cascades, just north of Cle Elum. Twenty-five miles and 3 days later, my feet were still blister-free, and even more impressive, feeling great!

The only issue I ever had on the boots was on the rear heel of the left boot in which the sole was slightly delaminating. I'm not sure why considering the boots have only 50 miles on them and I've sold many pairs of these boots to customers and I haven't seen this issue. I'm guessing the pair I got was a slightly defective but instead of sending the boots back, I opted instead to fix the problem with some urethane adhesive. Even with this minor nuisance, I would still buy this boot again.

If I were Salomon, I would capitalize on the success of the Quest 4D and bring an additional Quest boot to the footwear line that would be crampon compatible, mountaineering version of this boot. Something along the lines of the Salewa Rapace boot! A boot like that would bring some serious competition to the light weight mountaineering scene. Look out La sportiva and Scarpa.

Salomon also makes a women's version of the Quest 4D GTX which my wife says shares the same fit characteristics as the men's. So fear not backpacking and hiking women!

Summary:
The hype around the Quest 4D GTX is there for a reason. The boot feels more like a trail runner considering how light weight and comfortable they are,  but with the support of a burly hiking boot. While you may give up some durability compared to the old standard, full grain leather, Raichle or Asolo boot. Salomon completed their quest and found comfort with light weightiness are king!

*** During a warranty process for a Salomon jacket, I mentioned to the Salomon rep that I had an sole delamination issue with my Quest 4D GTX . Salomon's customer service was top notch and went out of the way to ship me a replacement pair, via 2 day shipping, even though the purchase date was almost a year old. I feel very confident that Salomon backs their product and strives to keep their customers happy. 5-16-2014 ***

Salomon Quest 4D GTX in it's element


Comments

  1. I must say that the Hiking Boots always come with deeper treads and they are just perfect on hard rocks as they are ideal for the surface with some gravels and loose material. Moreover, a good hiking shoes should provide support on slippery and steep slopes Therefore, i recommend that go for the perfect hiking shoes that are durable and are made of good material. Thanks!!!

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