Salomon Men's Quest 4D GTX

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Salomon Quest 4D GTX
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FEATURES of the Salomon Men's Quest 4D GTX Boot.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Salomon Men's Quest 4D GTX Boot.

Midsole:

  • 4D Advanced Chassis™ thermoplastic urethane midsole supports help control flex, reduce ankle strain, enhance stability and protect feet from rough terrain
  • Dual-density EVA midsoles absorb shock to supply lasting comfort and support

Fabric:

  • Wicking polyester linings absorb and disperse excess moisture for comfort
  • Long-lasting split suede leather and nylon mesh uppers offer flexibility, breathability and lightweight comfort
  • Lightweight, abrasion resistant materials allow for breathability and comfort

Padding:

  • Padded, gusseted tongues relieve lace pressure while keeping trail debris and moisture out

Support and Cushioning:

  • High-cut profile for increased ankle support, stability and protection

Weather and Wind:

  • Seam-sealed Gore-Tex® membranes offer excellent protection from water yet allow moisture vapor to escape, keeping feet from overheating
  • GORE-TEX® Performance Comfort Footwear

Outsole:

  • Contagrip® rubber outsoles keep you moving across rough surfaces, both wet and dry

Upper:

  • Rubber toe caps and heel slings protect toes and uppers from bumps and abrasion

Features:

  • Gusseted tongue eliminates debris from entering the shoe
  • Heel Foam
  • Removable Ortholite® footbeds add shock absorption while antimicrobial treatment deters odors
TahoeMountainSports.com
The Salomon Quest 4D waterproof backpacking boot is made for lightweight comfort on the long haul.
This extra light backpacking boot gains stability and comfort from Salomon's most advanced trail running technologies.
Textile - Lightweight, breathable abrasion resistant materials allows for breathability and comfort.
Protective Rubber Toe Cap - The right solution for the toe protection in mountain and trail environments.
Non marking Contagrip - Delivering optimal traction on varied surfaces, Salomon's Contagrip outsoles use the ideal combination of specialized rubbers for each specific use.
High - High-cut profile for increased ankle support, stability and protection.
GORE-TEX Performance Comfort Footwear - GORE-TEX Performance Comfort Footwear keeps your feet dry - from the outside as well as from the inside.
Molded EVA - Molded EVA midsole provides lighweight cushioning and stability.
Gusseted Tongue - Material bridge connects tongue to the upper eliminating debris from entering the shoe.
Waterproof bootie construction.
OrthoLite - OrthoLite sockliner combines a specific Ortholite foam and an EVA heel cup. Ortholite foam creates a cooler, drier, healthier, better cushioned environment under the foot. It will not break down or lose effectiveness over time.
Recycled tire content to protect the environment.
EVA heel cups allows for a better heel support and added cushioning.
If you want some of the best backpacking boots for long through hikes with a big pack, you want Salomon backpacking boots.

Backcountry.com
Don’t start your next backcountry trek without the Salomon Quest 4D GTX Men’s Hiking Boot. Your feet will welcome the support of the 4D Advanced Chassis™ midsole, which helps control flex, reduce ankle strain, enhance stability, and protect your feet from the roughest of terrain. The durable leather and nylon upper is coupled with a seam-sealed Gore-Tex® membrane that is fully waterproof and breathable, no need to dread creek crossings anymore. The padded tongue relieves lace pressure and keeps your feet more comfortable on long hikes, and the removable Ortholite® footbeds add shock absorption while their antimicrobial treatment deters odors.

Zappos.com
Designed from the most advanced trail running technologies, the Quest 4D GTX is a new generation backpacking boot that features the protection, comfort and stability you'll need on your next expedition!
Combination textile and waterproof split suede leather upper.
Protective rubber toe and heel cap.
Gusseted tongue.
Waterproof bootie lining construction.
GORE-TEX® extended comfort membrane keeps feet dry and protected by being durably waterproof and breathable providing leading comfort. Ideal for a wide range of conditions and outdoor activities.
Molded EVA midsole.
Heel foam for added cushion.
OrthoLite® sockliner creates a cooler, drier, healthier, better cushioned environment under the foot. Made partially of recycled tire, OrthoLite® will not breakdown or lose effectiveness overtime, while providing heel support and added cushioning.
4D Advanced Chassis™ thermoplastic urethane midsole supports help control flex, reduce ankle strain, enhance stability and protect feet from rough terrain.
Contagrip® outsole provides the best of traction and grip.
REI

Bringing trail-running shoe technology to a full-on backpacking boot makes the waterproof, breathable Salomon Quest 4D GTX hiking boots nimble, supportive and lightweight.

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Mountain Gear
By melding tough synthetic fabrics and textiles with lightweight trail running technologies, the Quest 4D GTX from Salomon helps you move further and faster on epic trips.

Half-Moon Outfitters
The Salomon Quest 4D Gore-Tex boots are extra light backpacking boot that offers stability and comfort from our most advanced Trail Running technologies.
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Review RatingNumber of Reviews
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Also available for: Women
Activity:Hiking
Available Color(s):Autobahn/Black
Average footwear weight (pair):2 lbs. 13 oz.
Chassis:4D Advanced Chassis
Circumference:12 1⁄4 in
Closure:Lace
Country Of Origin:Asia
Crampon Compatibility:no
Fit tip:runs true to size
Footwear Type:Hiking/Backpacking
Footwear closure:Lace-up
Footwear height:Over-the-ankle
Insole:OrthoLite® foam, EVA
Insulated:no
Liner:OrthoLite® sockliner
Lining:Waterproof breathable membrane/polyester
Lining Construction:Waterproof Bootie Construction
Material:Synthetic/Leather
Material Family:Leather
Material Technology:GORE-TEX
Membrane:Gore-Tex Performance Comfort Footwear
Mid Sole:Molded EVA
Outsole:Non Marking Contagrip
Removable Liner:no
Shaft:5 1⁄2 in
Shoe Stability:Stability
Shoe Width:Medium
Sizing Scale:US
Sockliner:Ortholite
Sole:Non marking Contagrip®
Support:Thermoplastic urethane plate
Upper:Waterproof split suede leather
Waterproof:Yes
Weight:1 lb, 6.8 oz (single boot, U.S. size 9)
Width:Regular
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Salomon Quest 4D GTX Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Terrific Boot

I had a pair of full grain leather boots for years, and when they finally died over the summer, I wanted to get something a little different to lower the weight on my feet. I have worn these boots for 4 months now and love them. I feel odd about reviewing boots, as your feet are different than mine - but I'll try my best to give you a good idea anyways.

What I look for in a boot -
Waterproof/breathability (no duh. Who likes wet or sweaty feet?). I sacrificed some breathability in the full grain leather, but the Quest boot works like a charm. I have used them primarily with light hiking socks from Icebreaker, and no issues whatsoever about letting water in or sweat out.

Fit - my foot is different than your foot. That said, these fit terrifically on my narrow-ish, long feet (my arch is somewhere in the middle as well). I automatically throw a pair of green Superfeet in every pair of footwear I own, so I can't review the stock footbed... but I can say that with Superfeet in these guys, my heel/ankle have never been more stable. The toe box seems to be nicely proportioned, too... my toes aren't banging into the front of the boot on steep downhills (I've worn the same size from other manufacturers, and on big downhill days gotten blisters on the front of my toes).

Durability - My last pair of boots lasted me three years. I've abused these guys a bit, but can't really speak to long term durability as I've only owned them for four months. Short term durability (i.e. cosmetic and waterproofness) seems to be terrific. Boot materials don't stain even if you leave mud on them for a while - soft brush and a bucket of water and they look brand new again. The laces at first struck me as a little on the thin side, but haven't really had any issue with them. One potential snag I can see with the laces is the lacing system - the 'd-ring' sort of loop at the ankles catches the laces (on purpose). This is actually a great feature. I have found that on breaks, I just undo the top of my boots, and the little ridges inside the d-rings prevent the bottom of the boot from loosening up. Lets the feet rest a bit without having to undo and then tie back up your whole boot... really nice for those five to ten minute water breaks. However, I've also thought about if the laces ever break (which they will), would the d rings still catch as effectively if it were a different thickness lace? Nit picking a bit there, but we will see in the future.

Overall, these are great boots. I was a little hesitant from moving off the protection of a full grain leather boot, but I haven't looked back once these hit my feet. I know people say they feel great right out of the box, which they do... but they still require break in (all boots do). It doesn't seem to take as long as other pairs of boots I've owned, but you can tell how much more comfortable they are after a couple of weeks of steady use as versus when you put them on right from the box.
Jersey Hiker at REI on 11/11/2011

Good Boots

I bought these in April 2013. My only caveat to this review is that I think Salomon might have changed the midsole after I bought my pair. I tried a pair of Quests on after buying mine and they were uncomfortable. So, this review may only apply to older versions. I hope Salomon didn't change the design for the long term, because my boots are great and close to perfect!

I've worn them for miles and tested them on all types of terrain and they stand up to various conditions well. They are suitable for dry trails and those that are sopping wet. I've comfortably carried 50 lb. loads and feel the boots are quite capable. I wouldn't be concerned with a heavier load.

The general fit of the boot is really unique for a backpacking boot. They flex as well as many light trail hikers. I also have a pair of Asolo Powermatics, which I like a lot, too. I can see the advantages of something like the Asolo for really jagged stuff, but each time I put my pair of Quests on, I am just plain happy when I walk.

They feel almost minimalist with backpacking boot support. The Quests are quick and reactive. But, for really sharp terrain you may feel more rock edges than something with a really burly outsole. However, the flex and grip of the Quests are superb. I always tend to wear something that feels more natural as it flexes, so I like these quite a bit.

Many reviewers will say, about these and other boots, that there is no break in period required. I disagree. Every piece of footwear needs to be broken in. No matter the style, a shoe needs to form to a foot, and a foot needs to get used to a new shoe. I would agree that the break in period is not very long for these, but I would wear any new pair of boots for a while before hitting the trail. And you certainly want to wear them for a few full days just so you know what to expect.

Finally, I have noticed two drawbacks. These would never keep me from loving my Quests, but I will point them out. First, these boots are warm. I prefer Gore-Tex liners, so I understand breathability suffers. But, I've had (and have) other shoes with Gore-Tex liners and they aren't as noticeably warm. The second issue is that these boots take forever to dry. Mine got drenched and just took forever to dry – even when I got them back home. This issue might be a consideration for stream crossings, etc.

As I mentioned above, I hope Salomon didn't revamp the midsole. My Quests are awesome and I'd highly recommend them!
TGB at REI on 10/10/2013

Solid boot, lightweight & stable

The Salomon Quest boot is an excellent all-around hiking boot. I was having ankle roll-over problems and my traditional/heavier full-leather hiking boot was somehow aggravating my ankle problems (REI Spirit III's by Raichle).

The Salomon boot has helped me overcome the ankle support issues. Its high ankle support really makes a difference!

Before writing this review, I wanted to put in a number of hikes first. I have day-hiked 4 hikes in this boot now, all ranging between 4-8 miles over a variety of terrain, mostly in the Cascades outside of Seattle. Trail conditions have been rocky and typical elevation gains for each day-hike is approx 2K-4K feet.

The one thing that I didn't like about the boot and which prevented 5 stars was that I could occasionally feel the rocks underneath the sole of my boots. While it wasn't a show-stopper, ideally, my hiking boot fully insulates my feet from the feel of the rocks on the trail. (I also put in Spenco Backpacking insoles after-market).

If Salomon could put in just a bit (~10%) more protection in the soles, the boot would be five stars.

The key advantages though do outweigh the rock/outsole issue:
STABILITY- really excellent in the Salomon Quest, I NEVER felt like the boot was going to roll-over on me. That's worth it just by itself!
LIGHTWEIGHT- after a day of hiking, the weight of the boot really makes a difference, both in your fatigue level and in how you recover from the hike. (Okay, I'm 50-something and after a hard day-hike, my body and feet sometimes takes some recovery time...)
SUPPORT: really great support,

The one question that's still lingering is how durable they will be. Overall, I don't think they'll be as durable as a full-on traditional, full leather hiking boot, but given its advantages (and no ankle/foot problems wearing them), these have become the boot of choice for nearly all of my hiking. I haven't used them up at Mt Rainier yet for hikes and don't know how they'll do on the snow, but Salomon has made an excellent overall boot.

Happy hiking and get outdoors!!
KKing at REI on 08/08/2011

Worth every cent

I do a lot of types of hiking in a variety of terrain. Being a diabetic, my feet are always a big concern. So choosing a boot is always a painful process. I tried on all the top rated boots and ran through all the tests the REI personnel suggested. These boots are probably not for everybody. There are boots that are more comfortable and cheaper for those who do light day hiking once in awhile. I think these boots were developed for a serious hiker, who plans on wearing them in some harsh environments.

I have worn these boots through bogs, muddy conditions, trails with roots, rocky terrain, through weeds, woods, gravel roads, sand, dirt roads, and along asphalt when called upon. They are very warm and I would suggest sock liners. They have kept my feet dry for the most part. I only got them drenched when I walked miles in a rainstorm through wet woods. They are good at keeping out dirt and debris, too. They clean off easy and hold up well.

These boots keep the heel locked in and keep the foot from slipping. There has been a time or two where I could have twisted an ankle and I feel these boots kept my ankle from rolling. Going downhill is also pretty easy. The toes do not jam up as bad as some boots allow.

Now for the things I do not like. First, once wet, these boots do not dry all that quickly. Secondly, they are warm. Great in winter, not so much in summer. Third, and my my personal peeve, these boots do not have the greatest traction in all situations. I nearly took a nasty spill walking down a set of wet stairs once. Also, in other wet conditions, I did not feel these boots gripped as much as I would have liked. Then again, maybe I want to much.

Overall, a great set of boots and better than nearly every boot I have ever owned.
lcluck at REI on 10/10/2013

Best boot ever and an instant hit.

I was looking for a new work boot after my full leather Vasque got a bit tired. My requirements are a relative light hiker with ankle protection and gore tex water protection, as well as superior slip resistance. After reading reviews online and using the Salomon XA pro trail runners for a couple of years, mostly for air travel (easy to remove) and for their protective built, I developed an affinity for Salomon boots, their fit and quality. Usually I wear New Balance sneakers and Alden shoes so I expect a certain lightness and wear comfort. Well, I purchased these boots on Sunday, packed the box in my car and drove off to a week long engagement. Monday the insoles came out and I put Super feet copper insoles in, put the shoes on, drove an hour to our location, wore the shoes for 14 hours straight, drove another hour to our accommodations. 10 min after taking the shoes of my feet felt completely relaxed as if nothing has happend. I was on my feet for most of the day, 70 deg day with some torential rain falls, back at the house a minor flood in the drive way, about 2" high, but absolutly dry and comfortable feet. The rest of the week was more of the same, one day on a rocky beach, running back and forth; rain, mud the next with temps from 50-75 and the shoes performed flawlessly. Extremely quiete soles for sneaking around an old house, prefect traction on the rocky beach and fantastic ankle protection. A couple of times a team member stepped on my feet and I felt very protected by the boot and the binding allows for great flexibility to put the shoe on casually for the drive in. To sum it up, a perfect alround boot that needs nearly no break in period ( It got perfect on day 3), that performs under various adverse conditions that's worth the very steep price. I hope the long term performance will be equally high.
marksny at REI on 06/06/2013

The Best Boot I've Ever Worn

This pair took me from GA through a Duncannon, PA as part of a full AT thru.

Over all I put ~1100 miles on them before they blew out completely. They were probably only 900 when they started to truly deteriorate.

They did start showing their age around 700 miles.

To be fair, I didn't really hit rough terrain until they were 800 miles old (pretty much everything through MD is flat and soft).

They lost their water-proofing around 600 miles. Right around this time one of the laces started to burn into the gore-tex portion of the tongue.

I dearly loved these boots. They were far and away the most comfortable boots I have ever worn. These boots are perfect for day use, light winter use, and short and mid-range backpacking treks.

They also do excellently for long-distance backpacking, but they are certainly not your full-weight trekking boot, nor should they be misconstrued as trail runners. They are a good alternative for those looking for a light weight shoe but ankle support.

I would recommend these for long distance for those new to long distance or those looking for one step up in durability/comfort/protection from trail runners.

I have marked these as "No Break-in" but all boots have some break in. These are just much shorter than the average boot.

Also, "No Break-in" does not mean that you won't blister! Blistering is nigh unavoidable on a shoe or activity change. The only way to "prevent" blistering is to blister early and have the time to go easier on blistered feet.

After these boots I transitioned to trail runners because I wanted to drop ounces and my ankles were strong enough, yet I would have happily purchased another pair or two to finish the trail.

I purchased Salomon trail runners, which were also excellent.

I have three pairs stock piled in case they stop producing the boot.
Apeiron at REI on 01/01/2013

Best Boot I Have Ever Owned

I have owned a lot of boots over the years. With every boot pair I always had to learn where my hot spots were going to be, Then I would always cover those spots with duct tape or mole skin. I fully expected to do this again. But traveling over 100 miles carrying 50lbs in the Easter High Sierras through Muir and Ansel Adams Wilderness and into Yosemite I didn't get a single hot spot or blister. I couldn't believe it.

This was with almost no break-in. The only break in I had done was two trips up the hill to the water tower near my home. Maybe 2 miles in total.

I will admit that I was worried that these boots didn't have a Vibram sole, but I found the sole on these to stick just as good as a Vibram sole. I couldn't say better for sure but it is possible. I traveled over silt covered granite, wet rocks, sand and dusty trail and my feet stuck to the trail

Stream crossings went off without a hitch, my socks remained dry.

My only complaint was that the laces would stick in the heel locks when taking them off, a minor adjustment made with my leatherman fixed that.

At the end of long hiking days it is usually my feet that hurt most. On this trip, my feet certainly felt the miles, but they didn't hurt like they usually do. Instead it was my legs and back that felt the worst. My feet were feeling pretty good. I wish I'd had a pair of these years ago.

Full disclosure, as with all of my hiking boots, I removed the insole and replaced it with Superfeet insoles as I have had plantar fasciitis in the past.

If you need a good solid boot, you won't go wrong here. Worth every bit of the dividend I spent on them.
Kilted Mark at REI on 08/08/2013

Love the shoe, and LOVE the service

A couple of years ago I was going to be doing some early season backpacking in the Sierras, so was looking for a sturdy, lightweight boot that would hold up well in snowy conditions. A friend of mine had a pair of Quest 4D GTX and recommended them highly. I decided to check them out, and was immediately pleased with them.

My feet stayed almost totally dry despite walking cross country in the snow for hours, and required virtually no breaking in. I've used them on a number of long trips since then, carrying heavy loads, in both wet and dry conditions, and have been impressed with the way they've held up. I have also been impressed with how they both keep my feet cool when its hot, and keep my feet dry when its wet...Its hard to finda a shoe that does both well.

So, I've loved the shoe, but the most impressive thing about them to me has been the customer service I've received following a minor defect in the shoe just inside the two year warranty period...

On a recent trip (again, almost 2 years from the date of purchase) one of the plastic loops for the shoe laces through the mid part of the foot broke off during use. While the break somewhat affected the performance of the shoe, it was by no means serious enough to cause problems on the trip. Upon my return I emailed Salomon to see if there was an easy way to fix the problem. As the problem was not something that could be fixed, they sent me a BRAND NEW PAIR, no questions asked.

Salomon has created in me a life long customer...

I love this boot, and have come to love the company that makes it. Buy it...if you don't love it, I bet they'll do their best to make it right.
TBDub at REI on 06/06/2013

Best Pair of Boots I've Ever Owned

Bought these in July because I decided its finally time to get a quality pair of boots. First thing I noticed was the lace system could be set to a certain tightness and would hold that in place so you don't have to keep adjusting your laces. A problem I've had in the past is the front of the shoe would get a bit loose and my foot would slide around and get blistered or my toes would slide and hit the tip of the shoe when going downhill leading to bruised and bleeding toes. There was none of that with these shoes. They grip your feet firmly but not painfully.

First time wearing them, without breaking in, we did 3 or so miles down a river, and back up again, going over wet logs and rocks and stuff. Traction and GoreTex really helped here. I've worn them at least 3 times a month since then, including a week long Yosemite trip, in sand, gravel, boulders, mud, grass, dead and livng trees...it might be the longest period of time I've gone without falling somewhere. Haven't tried snow yet.

The ankle support is excellent. Did a trail that was basically 5 miles of stairs made of boulders and the downhill was much easier than expected. Several times a bad foot placement almost lead to disaster but the boot took enough of my weight before I got my other foot down. And while my knees were in a fair amount of pain by the end of it, my ankles and feet were fine.

They're also very comfortable, if you loosen the laces, you can very easily wear them around the campground all day and night without noticing any discomfort. I was able to drive in them for 6+ hours too.

Don't think I'll get a different hiking boot ever again.
AaronWDP at REI on 10/10/2013

I bought them again

Really great boots. Not the most durable boots around, but when you consider weight, comfort and it, the durability is more than acceptable.
The first year I wore these boots I was working in the forest (research, not cutting trees) and 40+ hours/week on rough terrain. Sure, they aren't forester grade boots (which cost 2-3 times as much), but they worked very well. Enough protection for spending a lot of time off trail.
The second summer I missed all of the time I spent outside and hiked at least 20 miles a week on trail, I did 40 miles in a week a few times.
I know I put these boots to the test. If they fit you, get them.
They aren't too hot in the summer, and are warm enough in the winter. I don't know if they are warm enough to be boots to wear to long snowshoe adventures. That is the only short coming I can think of.
I put ~1000 miles on them, and liked them enough to buy another pair. The original boots are from early 2011, and seem identical to the new ones.
I had to use some shoe goo on the outside of the boots during the past winter to reinforce areas that I thought were compromising the waterproofing of the boot. Strucurally they were fine, and the shoe goo worked.
The boots have exceptional heel hold. I only had a problem last week when I experimented with new foot beds, which set my heel 1/4" higher. Which was dumb considering that the boots fit like a glove.
If I could find boots that fit like these, with the articulation and heel hold, but had a more durable sole with a rigid shank, I would be exstatic.
tl;dr: I bought a second pair because they exceeded my expectations.
mudshark at REI on 06/06/2013

Negative Reviews:

Wanted to be a fan, but am not...

I REALLY wanted to love these. And I am not super picky. I went into it thinking they'd be awesome because of the reviews and was super excited, but I think it's a testament to the fact that everyone's built differently. I am sure it's a great boot for many, but it was far from it for me. I have a long (size US 13) and narrow foot. I also have a fairly skinny ankle. I tried everything to make these feel good (different lacing tightness, different padded insoles, various thickness hiking socks, etc) and simply put it always felt like I was walking around in a ski boot no matter what I tried. I don't quite understand all the "wear em right of the box" reviews because they felt stiff to me and rode quite high up my ankle/shin - i guess maybe compared to a full leather boot or mountaineering boot they're not "stiff", but for long hiking which I do, they were pretty stiff to me out of the box (not a deal breaker of course, just saying they do need some break-in time like most boots). The lower part of the tongue chaffed my lower shin like no other's business and the boot just felt bulky on my foot. Also some people love that they naturally "propel you forward" but I hated it. Especially going uphill it almost has the opposite effect and causes the boot to feel like it's pushing back against you (for me anyway).

Waterproofing was great, stood in a creek and completely submerged it and it was dry as a bone. Definitely comfortable insoles, although I kind of like a slightly "harder" yet flexible feel and not so "tennis shoe" feel on the bottom as it gives me better sense of the terrain below my foot. Definitely not a Summer boot - go with some Merrell Moab Ventilators for Summer. The irony is I chose these over the Asolo Fugitives because even though the Fugitives had great reviews too, some people said they were too much "flash" without enough practicality, but I just bought them after returning the Quests and find them to be the opposite. People seem to love the lacing system on these Salomon Quests and I wanted to love em too, but... I didn't. The Fugitives are more "simple" to me and easier to get on and off. They also seem to be truer to size for me (the Quest 13's left space behind my heel and the Fugitives don't). The Fugitive's tongue is slightly lower and more mendable as well and does not chafe like these did to me.

Anyway, I've already probably bored you if you've made it this far in my review, but just throwing it out there, don't go buying these solely (no pun intended) based on the rave reviews of others. Everyone is different not only in their anatomy but their preferences of what they believe is "comfortable". Honestly I still probably love my Merrell Moab Ventilators the best, but they're not quite as durable as some of these other boots (though I do think the Vibram soles are better than both Quest and Fugitives for traction), and so far, I love the Asolo Fugitives. I also have quite a few military friends (marines) and you'll get differing opinions on this too - some love/hate both Fugitive and Quest - some have complete other brands they love. Do yourself a favor and REALLY try on SEVERAL pairs/sizes of the different brands out there in the store and go from there. I bought the Quests based only on reviews here and that was a mistake for me (duh, I know, haha).

Happy trekking!
MKM912 at REI on 07/07/2013

No good

I don't understand how/why everyone seems to like these boots!? I have a normal to narrow foot, and the toe box is so ridiculously big that I find myself clutching with my toes to feel like I have any stability/control. Sure you likely won't get a blister, but they provide you no control. The heel fits fine however.

The other main issue I have with these is the way the laces work with the "lock" system. It is very difficult to get the bottom half tight enough even with the lock system at the ankle because the way the laces don't grip the lace holes at all, so you can't get the individual lace "regions" to stay tight. Basically, if you pull the laces tight at anything below the lock at the fifth lace hole/holder without locking the laces in, and then let off any of the tension, everything just slips right back to completely loose instantly and you lose all tension. -they don't catch/stay tight. This results in a boot for which you can not tighten down "sections" of lace one "section" at a time to get the right tension at the right spots.

And, finally, the laces will absolutely come undone unless you double knot, they are way to slippery for themselves and the lace holes. I actually started to develop finger blisters from trying to tie/tighten the shoes because of the whole slippery lace and lock system.

I bought these last week based off of reviews and thinking they seemed to fit okay in the store. I was really hoping to like them once I started to wear them around the house and outside just a bit, but they are terrible. I rarely, if ever have returned anything to REI, but these are going back to the store tonight.
acharney at REI on 05/05/2013

comfy but not durable

I am a professional field biologist and I bought these boots after my old Vasques bit the dust. I wear heavy hiking boots all the time when I am working, which involves a great deal of off-trail hiking. These boots are very comfortable and breathe well, but these few good qualities do not make up for their shortcomings.
I have worn these nearly every day for the past 2.5 months and they are already slicked out. Granted, the area I am working in has very harsh terrain, characterized by woodlands with lots of broken rock, but I was extremely disappointed with how quickly my boots wore out. At first, the traction was great, but now that the soles are flat as a board my feet are always slipping out from under me. The lacing hooks are also problematic, as they pinch the laces and prevent me from easily removing the shoes. I can't afford to buy new shoes every few months, so I don't think I will be buying another pair of Solomons any time soon. Its the sad state of outdoor footwear that boots are no longer built to last. These boots would probably be great for someone who uses them only a handful of times a year, but professionals and avid adventurers should avoid them.
doctorpyserphd at REI on 06/06/2011

Worst Hiking Boots Ever Worn

After much research on a good new pair of hiking boots i settled on these because of the reviews I was viewing. After wearing them for 50-60+ miles I thought they were pretty much broken in. In early July I left for my JMT through hike very excited to hit the trail. However after only hiking out of Yosemite Valley, I could already feel the hot spots on the back of each one of my heels. Sure enough when I took my boots off at camp my skin had been rubbed right off and was raw. Due to the cup in at the end of the shoe where your heel is supposed to fit there is a ridge that connects that part of the shoe to the ankle support. This ridge rubbed the space on my heel so raw that by the time I was at Reds Meadow I had to bail out of my trip because there were 50 cent coin sized sores on each of my heels. This is with the application of moleskins to the boots as well as my feet. I would not recommend these boots for any sort of long distance or through hike.
GabeGoff at REI on 07/07/2013

Didn't pass the test...

I took these boots to Yosemite this March and put them through the ringer, and they couldn't hack it. I subjected them to hard 6-7 hour day hikes and they were absolutely cosmetically destroyed by the 3rd or 4th day.

This, however, is not what's important. What's important is that both boots - the left first, the right second - developed hideous squeaks. I sounded like a squeaky toy by the end of the trip - every step excruciating. Employee at local REI says both shanks in the boots were broken.

Yosemite hiking is harsh, but not absolutely brutal. 2 weeks and 120 miles of hard hiking should not destroy a $220 pair of Salomon boots designed for EXACTLY THAT PURPOSE.

I don't think this was a fluke pair. The trip destroyed them both functionally and cosmetically. For lighter hiking, they would be great. They feel AWESOME. It's a shame they can't hack a simple Yosemite trip. I returned them and will be buying a pair of Asolos.

I agree with every positive review concerning feel, fit, and performance - but durability is not there.
pnwhiker73 at REI on 04/04/2010

Not Waterproof!!!!

right after I got these boots I was worried about the waterproofness of them... I got them home and filled the tub a few inches... stood for a few minutes and the feet were dry. I was happy enough about it, but a little worried sense the water seemed like it was absorbing into the fabric.

Well I took these on a weekend backpacking trip and on the second day I had to hike 20 miles in the rain and through puddles. The boots held up for a couple hours, but after a that my feet were squishing water through the boot.... I wouldn't care, but they claim to be waterproof and clearly they are not. besides that they are/were extremely comfortable and had zero break in time.
ward0004 at REI on 07/07/2011

fall apart

I bought these boots to hike the Appalachian Trail. They have great traction and were very comfortable. The boots were water resistant when accidentally stepping in water, but when it is going to rain all day it is only a matter of time (30 minutes) before your feet get wet, and once they do they stay wet for three to five days. The boots only held up for about 300 miles before the soles started to peel from the bottom. I replaced them with a pair of trail runners that held up for about twice as long. Not what I would expect for a pair of hiking boots.
Ethan Bean at REI on 09/09/2013

not suitable

These boots appear shorter than north american sizes - toes hit. The are also quite hot. They feel sloppy and a number of times the lace up hooks on the side caught the side of the boot - this could lead to a trip and a fall. Generally not pleased and will likely return. There are better boots out there.
cmatrix at REI on 09/09/2011

Blister time!

The first couple of long hikes these were great.

After that, I developed bad blisters on the tops of my ankles. I had to return them after a year of hikes. Thank god REI is great for returns. Now looking at some Asolo boots instead.
Madurodave at REI on 09/09/2011

Looks Can Be Deceiving

They are way too narrow for people with wide feet, and they are not worth the money.
Archaeology Dude at REI on 09/09/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Flexible? Yes. Supportive? Not really.

I have had the chance to hike a few days in these on the south end of Kodiak Island. We did a little cragging and hiked around in the tundra/alpine with very light packs. I bought these to try to replace a light pair of Asolo Fugitives that were great but were a bit too narrow.

The good:

These feel pretty good right out of the box. They are extremely wide in the forefoot and there is really no break in needed. They feel like running shoes (see below). The sole traction is great with seemingly sticky rubber. Lacing is easy and they generally feel comfy, though the tongue did rub my lower shin on steep climbs. Overall the padding is reasonable and on flat ground they don't feel as clunky as many hiking boots. The locking eyelet between the forefoot and the ankle seems to really grip the laces and you can dial in totally different levels of tightness for each part of the boot.

The bad:

These are too much like running shoes. If you grab the toe area in one hand and the heel in the other, you can fold them in half in the metatarsal area. Twist the boot and it winds up like a dishrag. The ankle is nice and high, but very soft. The lack of stiffness all through the shoe's last means going straight up hill transfers a lot of flex on the ankle area, and I think that is what led to my shin getting tender. Even the heel cup is not that rigid. This makes for nice walking on flat ground and with light (or no) loads. However, side-hilling or climbing straight up a steep slope is not as nice. The boot offers no help and flexes and twists at will. Some people may well like this, but for a boot this heavy, I would expect some support. They only weigh 2.8 ounces less per boot than my Scarpa Charmoz, and those are mountaineering boots(!), plus the Charmoz are orders of magnitude more supportive. Not that the Quest 4D is meant as a mountaineering boot, but given the extremely soft flex I would hope they could drop the weight a lot more. These are basically basketball hightops with a meaty tread.

If you have a very wide foot and either hike on smooth, low angle trails, or want a very comfy, running-shoe-style flex, you may like these. I'm not that impressed.
Philip in AK at REI on 06/06/2011

Really awesome...until Gore-Tex Failed

I purchased these boots to replace a pair of Asolos after reading the positive reviews on them. I also have had a couple of pairs of their gore-tex trail runners. In fact I still have a 5 year-old pair that is still waterproof that I use for bad weather and yard work.

These boots require very little if any break in. The soles are surprisingly stiff at first, but after a couple of miles they feel great. Not as thick as serious backpacking boots, but they are pretty light weight.

I just returned from backpacking 40 miles on the AT with these boots. At first they were amazing. Very comfortable, and the locking lace nut really helps get the perfect lace job. They offer superb support for the 30 lbs I carry. Unfortunately on the last day we were hiking out in the pouring rain so I decided to test their waterproofness. I stepped into one puddle that was maybe 2" deep and the boot just filled with water. I was very disappointed, but at least almost home. I finished the hike with the gushy right foot. I retested them at home just to make sure, and one boot does leak.

This might be an isolated instance, but I will return these and try something else.

I would recommend smart feet insoles or something that fits your feet well as they have little arch support, and the ortholight insole looses its shock absorbing ability after about 12 miles of rocky terrain. At this point your feet get a bit sore. I did however experience no blisters or hot spots with these. A size 10 fit me perfectly where I usually wear a size 10.5 in Asolos.
Archer18 at REI on 03/03/2010

Great boot---other than the durability

I've finally given up on my long-time love affair with Salomon's hiking boots. While I absolutely love the fit, comfort, and support of Salomon's boots, the durability just isn't there. I purchased this particular pair in March 2013 and by the end of the year noticed multiple areas of both boots starting to separate (specifically the layers of the soles and the rubber cup at the front). Also, while the boots at first seemed waterproof, by month four I found my feet soaked from merely walking through the morning dew on a grassy field, another disappointment.

While I certainly used these boots, it wasn't so extreme as to justify the short lifespan (REI noted that the soles were far from worn out when I returned them), especially when my coworkers put their various boots through the same use with no comparable problems. Recognizing this, at the 10 month mark I returned this pair of Salomons for a pair of Asolos. This marked my second consecutive return of Salomon boots for poor durability. The first pair were Salomon Fastpackers.

If Salomon steps up their durability, my feet will be back in their boots in a heartbeat because I love everything else about them. I just can't justify spending over $200 on boots that can't last a year.
TheTravelGavel at REI on 01/01/2014

Salolmon Quest 4D GTX

I wore these boots for a couple of weeks before taking them on the AT for a 500+ mile trip, carrying a ~35lb pack.
The first thing I did was chuck the insole and replace with superfeet green.
The boot is comfortable out of the box. I really like the ankle support. My ankles are a little beat up from years of competitive tennis, so I like a good bit of ankle support. These provide good support and feedback without ever feeling stiff.
You can tell by looking at this boot that it is not built for really heavy duty use. For what it is, I think it performs pretty well. My big disappointment was that the goretex broke down at around 400 miles. You know the goretex will break down, but I would like to have gotten through the trip before it happened.
I would have preferred a stiffer sole, but couldn't find one that was comfortable. I took these boots knowing that they were not as stiff as I would have liked. Sure enough, soles of my feet were bruised by rocks and roots.
After 500 miles, these boots are done. They are now lawn mowing boots.
I wouldn't recommend them for heavy backpacking, but they are great for short trips and day hikes.
Papawhisky at REI on 06/06/2012

Surprisingly Disappointed

When looking to replace my Lowa Renegade's I considered that those boots are not rated as "backpacking" boots which is what I normally used them for. So this time around I did some looking, found these boots, tried them on at the store and everything felt great.

Unfortunately, I wanted to wait for the 20% coupon and ended up buying them here, online. The boots which arrived never quite felt as good as they did at the store.

I spent over a month breaking them in as well as a 23 mile 'walk' around NYC 3 days before my Presidential Traverse attempt. I completed the Presidential Traverse last Saturday but with some major blisters and unhappy feet.

I should have just bought another pair of Renegades.

These never felt as secure on the mids of my feet as I wanted them to be which I attribute to the lacing system. I'm sure these are *great* boots but just not for me.

Also of concern was the material around the reinforced toes started to flake during my Traverse. They don't seem very durable.

I'll be returning this pair, my first *ever* return to REI.
whistlerbrk at REI on 06/06/2013

Comfortable but not durable

I love Salomon's products. I believe they are an all-around great company. However, I was a little disappointed in this boot. I am a wildlife biologist and generally start the day on the trail but frequently go off trail. I have only owned them for two years, and I could confidently say that they are now made of more duct tape and shoe-goo than original materials. For [$], I expect a little more life out of them. I owned a pair of Salomon backpacking boots previously and they lasted me a good 4 years. I was very pleased which is why I went with the Salomon Quest 4D GTX's. Don't get me wrong, this boot is very comfortable. Spending all day on my feet across uneven terrain was never a problem. I loved these boots for the first year. I would recommend them if you are the type of person that would just use them for the occasional backpacking trip. But if you are the type of person who wears his boots more than any other shoe, I wouldn't recommend these for the price. The durability is not worth the cost to your wallet
Owlchaser at REI on 10/10/2011

Too much shoe, not enough boot.

I went looking for a replacement for my tread-worn LaSportiva Trango Treks. These Solomon's were billed as comparable. They are not. I do big day hikes and long multi-day trips. A typical day hike is 8 to 10 miles with around 4000' elevation gain. We push for time and speed. These boots seem comfortable, but have too much shoe nature and not enough boot nature, although they look like boots. I have long term bruising in the metatarsals from lack of support while doing quick descents on rough trails. The cam lock lace gizmo's at the instep seem like a neat innovation. Makes it easy to adjust lace tightness over the instep separate from the ankle. They really work - too well. Its a pain getting them to release when you want to get the boots off. The inner side is easy, but its hard to reach around to the outside of your ankle to get the lace to release. This boot is probably okay for casual day hikes on very easy trails, but it doesn't give the support or protection for anything hard core.
HikerSkip at REI on 10/10/2011

Not what I had hoped

These felt great in the store and for the first couple of hours on the trail. After a few hours they started to rub the skin off the top of my two outer toes on both feet and high on the back of both heels right where the cloth and the rubber part of the boot meet. I couldn't feel a seem inside with my hands but it must be there behind the inner liner. I wore sock liners and trekking socks and it still had these pressure points on both feet. REI was great in taking them back. I am back to my Timberland boots which are so comfortable but don't offer the same ankle support as the Solomon boot do. They may not have been right for me but they seemed to be of good quality and at a competitive price.
In search of great views at REI on 08/08/2013

Good fit, so-so performance

After years of just using my steel-toed work boots, I broke down and bought these for my first "real" hiking boots. They fit great out of the box. I have a long, but narrow foot and was in awe at how perfect the fit was. The next day I took them to Shenandoah for a few miles of hiking. Wound up with no blisters, and after crossing several streams, my feet were still dry.
However, these boots had NO traction on wet rocks, period. Since the elevation change was over 3000 feet (down and back up), that was a lot of near falls and groin stretching splits that left me sore for a week.
Volund at REI on 10/10/2011

Not Durable

Having previously had a pair of Trek 7's that lasted 6 years of constant abuse I decided to go Salomon again. I was a little concerned with the material looking a bit on the flimsy side. They fit perfectly, are ultra comfortable and feel great. I used them for day hikes initially but after the 3rd trip carrying a moderate load (40 pounds) for around 5 days the water proofing failed, soon after layers began to separate and fall apart. This boot is not capable of lasting more than a year with someone who hikes relatively long and frequently.Very disappointed
Kiwitony at REI on 05/05/2011