User Review: Salomon Men's Quest 4D GTX
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $250
After searching for a new waterproof boot for about 6months I finally settled on the Quest which I've been using for 2 months now. The boot has all of the features which I find important: a decent toe protector, mid-sole support, waterproof, relatively low weight, excellent sole with hard wearing rubber compound and good ankle support.
The last around which the boot is manufactured suits a narrow/medium width low volume foot which suits me perfectly. I've found that the boot requires virtually no break in period. I literally took them out of the box at the trail head and did a shortish but steep 5mile hike with a 33pound pack..not a single hotspot, no chafing anywhere. Subsequently I've done a number of short 2day backpacking trips of varying lengths from very steep, muddy, slippery routes off trail to regular trail hiking with no problems.
This is the best boot I've owned thus far and rate it highly. Check the fit of the boot as this is the most important aspect of any trekking shoe.