User Review: Salomon Men's Quest 4D GTX
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $170 - Amazon
Quality, waterproof hiking boot with short break-in period. Unique Salomon locking lace system. Best for backpacking and those needing a boot with a wider toe box.
- Short break-in period
- Wider toe box
- Great locking lace system
- Need break in for traction on wet surfaces
I have about 150 miles with these boots and they still feel great, no irritation or loss of comfort/durability. This is waterproof boot and as with most, breathability can be an issue. I feel these are on the more breathable side than others I have worn. As mentioned in the cons, I needed some time to have better traction on wet surfaces, mainly rocks, but now the shoes grip fine.
The design includes a wider toe box which is tough to find in other boots. Once tightened my heel and ankle feel supported and comfortable resting in the boot, no toe issues. I am wearing a 1/2 size up from my normal everyday shoe to avoid having any black toe problems. For me it's a perfect fit, not too much wiggle within the boot, but not overly tight.
The Salomon lace locking system can help you if you want a loose bottom but tighter at the top of the boot. I prefer a little looser at the bottom (locks in the middle) then tighter to support my ankle and bring my heel/ankle to the back of the boot.
I haven't had any problem with debris entering the boot while wearing my merino wool socks and while walking over rocky terrain, it feels fantastic. I don't use any type of insert, the one included is fine for me.
I tried on these in the store, but purchased online. No issues.
Overall, if these happen to wear out after several hundred more miles, I'll definitely be back to buy another pair.
EDIT: Included close up shot of unique Salomon locking mechanism on boot. Great feature!