Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX hiking boots for men are an excellent choice for any backpacking, and hiking trip. Durable and waterproof, these boots provide a great stability and traction regardless of the type of terrain.
Best place to buy
- The best place regarding the price and shipping conditions is usually Amazon.com.
Construction and materials
Quest 4D GTX are really lightweight boots which offer an excellent stability and comfort. Suede leather and synthetic are used for the upper part. The suede is a type of nubuck leather. The synthetic used here is a very lightweight and abrasion resistant material. The collar of these boots is enormously comfortable and supportive. You can have some idea about this from the picture above.
The nicely padded and ergonomic tongue is gusseted almost to the top. Such a design protects you from debris entering the shoe. In the same time, this gives a very high flood height, so you will feel safe in crossing water streams.
GTX in the name of these boots stands for Gore-Tex. So the liner is waterproof, abrasion resistant lining which allows for excellent drying and breathability. The combined leather-synthetic construction only adds to this effect and to the comfort which Salomon Quest 4D boots give.
But such a construction implies a lot of seams as you can see in the pictures, which are generally weak points of such a design with respect to its resistance to water.
Lacing is based on 6 metal eyelets plus one fabric eyelet, nice and sturdy design as you can see from the pictures.
The stability which these boots provide is excellent. Apart from the mentioned tall ankle support, this is due to Salomon’s 4D Advanced Chassis which performs great even on roughest terrains. This is what makes difference when you compare Quest 4D GTX boots with others. The effect of fatigue is drastically reduced with these boots.
Inside: You have a footbed with an excellent and anatomic cushioning. This is a removable Salomon’s OrthoLite sock liner which combines a specific Ortholite foam, and an EVA heel cup which allows for a great heel support and cushioning.
Front and back: Here you have a nice protective toe cap (shown on the right) which I like to have in any mountaineering and backpacking shoes. A similar heel cap and a heel wrap provide an extra protection and stability for the rear of the foot, see the picture above.
Midsole and outsole: Here you have the mentioned Salomon’s 4D Advanced Chassis which runs all along the bottom. In addition, Salomon’s Contagrip outsole with such deep lugs provides an optimal traction on any terrain.
This is combined with a molded EVA midsole which adds an extra lightweight cushioning and stability.
List of specifications & features
- Use: backpacking, hiking, mountaineering.
- Height: over the ankle.
- Closure: lace-up.
- 7 eyelets.
- Size (US): 7-14.
- Toe protection.
- Gender: for men and women.
- Warranty: 2 years limited.
- Upper materials:
– full grain nubuck leather and suede leather
– synthetic: nylon.
- Lining: Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane/polyester.
- Midsole: dual-density EVA foam.
- Outsole: rubber blend.
Due to dual leather-synthetic materials used in the upper construction, the phrase ‘out-of-the-box use’ for these boots is more appropriate than for many all-leather type boots. You really do not need much to break them in.
Regarding the fit, you can see the picture on the right showing how this is with Amazon customers. For 88% of people, the fit was as expected.
As for the rating, you can see one example in the picture on the right, for Amazon customers. The average rating 4.6/5 looks really great.
I have read complaints of the customers, and I would suggest you have a look yourself. There is a link below.
Pros and cons
Here is a summary of possible cons and pros:
Comparison with other brands
Here I give a comparison table with several other brands, so have a look:
Quest 4D GTX
St Elias GTX
Salomon Quest 4D GTX hiking boots for women
There exists a version for women with exactly the same features and the only difference in size.
Regarding the price, please check the links given in the text. My overall feeling about these boots I express in the following way:
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