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Salomon Quest 4D GTX Review

Having read a lot about these, I was excited to finally try on and test a pair properly. The boots are, without a doubt, exceptional. Whilst they’re not personally to my taste, they offer lots of strong positives and only a handful of negatives.

For lightweight hiking and speedy hiking over difficult terrain the Salomons are peerless. For month-long, slow slogs under heavy backpacks I wouldn’t recommend them. That being said, they would easily hold their own in the latter circumstance.

These boots, whilst suitable for almost any kind of hiking activity, are most at home when used for speedy, lightweight pursuits. For a start, they’re among the lightest serious hikers you can buy. They’re also designed to to work efficiently when you’re moving fast: the toe-cap offers protection against bashing and the materials the boots are made from ventilate sweaty feet exceptionally well.

PriceWeight (Pair)MaterialBest For
£150Approx: 1300 gLeatherMedium to High Intensity Hiking

Technical Specifications

Upper: Nubuck leather (hard-wearing leather that’s been sandpapered to create a “grainy” finish).

Insole: “Ortholite” (Foam cushioned.)

Midsole:  EVA and Urethane ( Medium-stiffness, good mix of strength and comfort.)

Outsole: “Contagrip” 

Positives

The boot widens along its length: narrow at the heel and wider at the toe-box. The toe and heel protection is fantastic.

The third-from-top hook on the side of the boot secures the lace before it is tied. It’s unique among boots (in my experience at least) and constitutes the best lacing system after the Burmas that I’ve ever tried.

The gusseted tongue ensures that they remain watertight even in the wettest conditions. In keeping with the sporty design, the sole is made from Contagrip, a patented type of rubber used mainly in triathlon shoes. The outsole features sharp lugs for good traction on slippery terrain

Negatives

The base of the boots (the midsole and the outsole) isn’t as thick as some of the other boots available on the market. It’s also narrower than the insole in places, which give the boots a slightly unusual feel.

Best Bits

They’re very light, well-insulated and have one of the best fits I’ve ever experienced. The protection that these boots give your feet is also second to none.

Worst Bits

The frame of the boot is unusual: the upward slope at the front of the sole is very steep (which can be a definite positive for fast treks) and the outsole and midsole design is also quite odd, being slightly smaller than the insole area in places.

Price

The price, comparatively, isn’t that bad. You’re looking at around £150 for a pair of these boots. Because of their popularity it’s easy to get a good second-hand or reduced pair with a bit of research.
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