Salomon Quest 4D GTX
Source: bought it new
Minimal break-in time, great support and grip with non-clunky feel.
- Lacing doesn't press ankle bones
- Sizing (Salomon runs bigger than your other shoes)
- Toe bumper started peeling after 8 days
- Tread probably won't last as long as other boots
I got this boot because my nubuck/leather trail work boots are on the out, as are my backup pair of "comfy"/sturdy hikers. I wanted a boot for the days I have more hiking and less trail work.
I've loved and been a devotee of the Women's Salomon XA Pro GTX trail runners as hikers and runners. So I thought I'd give these a try. Remembering that this brand tends to run larger, I ordered an 8. When I first bought Salomon's I bought a 9. Huge! I sometimes take an 8.5 in the XA Pro 3D, but I'm debating sizing down to an 8 in that as well.
The 8's in these, compared to the 9's in my other hiking boots, fits great. I didn't put my thin Downunders (amazing) insole in for the first hike. However, the heel cup was deep enough to fit this insole in, and I hiked in blissful comfort most of my hikes.
Hiking in the White Mountains of N.H. is a lot of up and down on rocks. I'd say my forefoot did fatigue in these boots by the end of the day, but who's wouldn't? I wore gaiters half the time, but when I didn't, I did not get much debris in the boots.
I liked the grip and tension you could put on the laces. There were no pressure spots on my ankle bones or nerves (some boots are horrible in these areas).
The toe bumper started peeling on the inside before I even got two weeks of wear into the boot. I haven't shoe-gooed them yet, but I may contact the company.
Traction-wise, I felt comfortable walking down and up slick rocks to loose cobble. I hiked all types of conditions in these boots so far, and the traction handled it all.
If you are in a bog for an hour, they may take 4 days to dry out... like most boots. But after a typical day of use, they dry overnight if inserted with newspaper/swap out newspaper often enough, and put somewhere that isn't super damp.
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Designed from Salomon's most advanced trail running technologies, the extra light Quest 4D GTX backpacking boots feature the protection, comfort, and stability you need when carrying a heavy pack.
Trek in comfort with Salomon Quest 4D GTX Hiking Boots for Women Salomon designed the Quest 4D GTX by combining advanced trail running technology and super light backpacking boot structure, to create an extra lightweight yet stable and supportive boot GORE-TEX waterproof membrane offers excellent water protection while lining inside absorbs and disperse excess moisture Midsole enhances stability and provides better cushioning for your feet while Contragrip rubber outsoles delivers superior grip and durability in rough terrains Optimized for women specific fit, the Salomon Quest 4D GTX Hiking Boots takes care of your feet so you won't feel a sore after a long day on the trail
Trek in comfort with the Salomon Quest 4D GTX women's hiking boots. They are nimble, supportive and lightweight like trail-running shoes but sturdy enough for long hauls with heavy loads. Long-lasting split suede leather and nylon mesh uppers offer flexibility, breathability and lightweight comfort. Seam-sealed Gore-Tex(R) membranes offer excellent protection from water yet allow moisture vapor to escape, keeping feet from overheating. Rubber toe caps and heel slings protect toes and uppers from bumps and abrasion. Padded, gusseted tongues relieve lace pressure while keeping trail debris and moisture out. Wicking polyester linings absorb and disperse excess moisture for comfort. Removable Ortholite(R) footbeds add shock absorption while antimicrobial treatment deters odors. Dual-density EVA midsoles absorb shock to supply lasting comfort and support. 4D Advanced Chassis(TM) thermoplastic urethane midsole supports help control flex, reduce ankle strain, enhance stability and protect feet from rough terrain. Contagrip(R) rubber outsoles keep you moving across rough surfaces, both wet and dry. Fit tip: runs true to size.
The extra-light Quest 4D GTX Hiking Boot form Salomon utilizes Gore-Tex technology and the 4D Advanced Chassis to create a waterproof boot that is tough enough to handle the weather yet feels more like a trail-running shoe. The fit is optimized for a woman's foot, and the foam heel cup absorbs shocks so your feet don't feel a sore after a long day on the trail.