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Salomon Quest Review

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Overall avg rating 4.2 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: June 24, 2012
Street Price:   $230 | Compare prices at 8 resellers
Pros:  Well-fitting, great support, light.
Cons:  Slow to dry, weird foot angle.
Best Uses:  Hiking, backpacking, "fastpacking."
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Manufacturer:   Salomon
Review by: Atherton Phleger ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ June 18, 2012  
We loved the Salomon Quest 4D GTX. It's a no-nonsense, no-frills sort of boot. From the aggressive sole to the lacing brackets (the best we've seen) to the lightly padded tongue, it seems that every component has been engineered perfectly for bust-ass hiking and backpacking.

While it might have been our favorite synthetic option, it wasn't our favorite boot, or the best value. Our favorite overall is the Asolo Power Matic, which is more durable, more waterproof, and all-around burlier. We believe that the La Sportiva Eco was the best value. Exceptionally comfortable and durable, the La Sportiva Eco retails for $40-60 less than the Salomon Quest.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

The 4D GTX is one of the best fitting boots we tested. It has a marvelously snug toe box, a well-cradled heel cup, and the most perfectly designed lace brackets we've come across. This is designed to hug your foot like a terrified Koala on a gum tree in a lightning storm. It's light and surprisingly minimalist; Salomon cuts down on the bulky padding that usually makes synthetic hikers difficult to tighten. This makes it much more secure than comparable boots like the Asolo Fugitive. And because of the light toe-box, the Quest flexes effortlessly, as if it's begging you to break into a run. The Quest's no-frills, no-nonsense attitude gives it the feel of a combat boot. Every component feels aggressive, from the angular lugs on the sole to the toothed brackets. Like a panther that you walk on. These are not the sort one would want to disappoint. When you're wearing them, being awesome is compulsory.

One of the first things we noticed about the Quest was a rather peculiar angle in the footbed. The heel is a bit higher than the toes, and the insole is slightly higher than the outsole. The result is noticeable only when motionless, and actually encourages a more aggressive stride, but it could become rather bothersome for anyone with sensitive knees, orthotics, or who plans on standing around a lot.

Like we said. The Quests have certain expectations. The Quests don't ventilate particularly well in hot weather, although they do better than their heavier leather counterparts. They also take an unusually long time to dry, so either take them off for creek crossings or buy a pair of Moab Ventilators.

Best Application
The Quest's design is supposedly based on Salomon's trail running shoes, and it shows in the performance. They encourage you to move aggressively, making them perfect for fast-paced backpacking. They are great for ultralight backpacking in early spring, over talus, in adverse conditions, or anytime you want something a bit heavier or better insulated than a light hiker.

One of our biggest problems with synthetic boots is one particular seam along the inside ball of the foot. Because of the way the foot flexes, this seam is inevitably the first point of failure. The design of the Quest has partially eliminated this problem. While we haven't driven the boot to failure yet, we imagine that the design tweak will significantly increase its longevity. That said, the La Sportiva Eco is another exceptional, durable synthetic option that sells for $50 less.

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   Jun 24, 2012 - 06:40pm
Stephen Yutzy · Hiker · Pittsburgh, PA
I'll start by saying that I agree with the Outdoor Gear Lab review. These boots do have great support, are light for what they are, fit my foot quite well (although I did size up 1/2 size), and do dry slowly. I didn't notice the foot angle, but they feel nice to me.

I've taken these boots through streams, up and down sand dunes, on trail, off trail, scrambling in the desert, in the snow, and they grow on me more and more each day. In particular, I think these are fantastic for winter hiking and wearing with snowshoes. Not the most breathable out there, but I haven't had too many issues with swampy feet yet. The lace lock halfway up is fantastic, and I don't really have to fine-tune the instep laces: one tug and they all tighten evenly.

My only real gripe is that the stock laces are too long for my skinny legs, and I've had a tough time finding a pair with the right size to work properly in with the locking lace system. Salomon was helpful though and sent me another shorter set of laces free of charge.

All in all, A+ in my opinion.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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