Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX
Salomon continues to up its game with the Quest 4D…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $260
Salomon continues to up its game with the Quest 4D 3 GTX backpacking boot! Durability, stability, and rigidity, while increasing all-day comfort and stylish appearance!
- Rock solid sturdy
- Durable upper and sole
- All day comfort and cush
- Streamlined and stylish
- Houdini laces untie double knots
My constant search for the perfect backpacking/hiking boot (for me) is complete! I have purchased and used many quality name brand footwear for rugged trail and backcountry trips, but to my feet they have all been found lacking. One brand may offer a wider toebox, another higher ankle support, another a comfortable footbed/sole and yet another good traction/stiction...but until the Salomon Quest 4D 3GTX, never all in one boot.
As other reviewers will attest...”right out of the box all day comfort.” I experienced no break-in period, along with no blisters or hot spots on a 7-mile hike in Red Rock Canyon. Personally, I did not experience the “over-heating” or sweating in a Goretex boot when paired with a wool or Merino wool sock...so it is a non-issue for me (and I use a variety of different wool companies).
The Quest 4D 3GTX offered stout support but ample “trail feel,” sure-footed traction thanks to Contra-grip and plenty of room in the toe box. The partial rubber rand and toe cap keeps rock stubs and scuffs at bay. Sharper rocks were not felt through the sole, for which I was grateful, as they were plentiful. I have read comments from other reviewers of laces that won’t stay tight nor tied, though I did not have that experience on shorter hikes...on the longer trips even double knotted worked itself loose. Barely enough to make mention.
On the John Muir Trail, and Colorado’s front range, the Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX logged higher mileage days under a 60lb pack without complaint. Plodding through granite shards, dust, rocky balds, and water crossings without a hiccup. Blister free to boot!
There are numerous Salomons in my stable of hiking and running shoes (some ten years old), so I don’t know why it’s taken so long for me to finally pony up for their boots. No turning back now. I’m sold! So much so, not only did I pick up some hot weather Salomon X Ultra Mid Aero boots, but bought a pair of Quest 4D 3 GTX for my daughter. She is equally sold!
Theyare pricey, but worth every dime! Looking forward to many an enjoyable and reliable mile with the Salomon Quest 4D 3GTX!