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Salomon Quest Winter Thinsulate ClimaSalomon Waterproof Review

Good winter hiking boots that also double as solid all-around winter boots
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Salomon Quest Winter Thinsulate ClimaSalomon Waterproof Review (These are good overall boots, but there are better options out there.)
These are good overall boots, but there are better options out there.
Credit: Sam Willits
Price:  $190 List
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Manufacturer:   Salomon
By Jeff Dobronyi ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 15, 2022
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RANKED
#9 of 15
  • Warmth - 25% 6.0
  • Weather Protection - 25% 8.0
  • Comfort and Fit - 20% 7.0
  • Traction - 15% 8.0
  • Durability - 15% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Salomon Quest Winter is a comfortable winter hiking boot with good traction and durability. The lugs are aggressive and sticky, and the rubber sticks to most dry surfaces with ease. We are also impressed by the construction quality, with great materials and a solid build. The boots could be warmer, and their maximum puddle depth isn't as good as other top-of-the-line boots. They are comfortable for walking long distances, but they are on the roomy side for people with narrow and average-width feet. Overall, these are versatile winter hiking boots, but their high price tag prevents us from recommending them, especially when there are other excellent options for less.
REASONS TO BUY
Great traction
Good durability
Comfortable
REASONS TO AVOID
Expensive
Not that warm
Low puddle depth

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Bottom Line These winter hikers can also double as winter boots, offering the utmost in versatilityThese boots perform great across the board, earning top accolades for being so well-roundedThis boot makes winter walks comfortable and secure, but it isn't a great option for deep snowWith good performance across the board, these low-priced boots deliver great valueProtective and durable slip-on boots for outdoor chores and quick trips into the snow
Rating Categories Salomon Quest Thins... The North Face Chil... Merrell Thermo Chil... Columbia Bugaboot III Muck Boot Arctic Sp...
Warmth (25%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Weather Protection (25%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Comfort and Fit (20%)
7.0
8.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
Traction (15%)
8.0
9.0
10.0
7.0
5.0
Durability (15%)
8.0
8.0
5.0
7.0
10.0
Specs Salomon Quest Thins... The North Face Chil... Merrell Thermo Chil... Columbia Bugaboot III Muck Boot Arctic Sp...
Measured Weight 2.95 lbs (size 13) 3.86 lbs (size 13) 2.74 lbs (size 13) 3.69 lbs (size 13) 5.09 lbs (size 13)
Measured Shaft Height 8.5" 11" 7.5" 10.5" 13"
Maximum Puddle Depth Before Major Leaking 6" 8.5" 6.5" 8" 13"
Fit Details True to size True to size True to size True to size Roomy
Appropriate Activity Hiking Town, errands Hiking, town Hiking, town, chores, errands Chores
Lining/Insulation 400g Thinsulate 400g Heatseeker Eco 200g M Select 200g synthetic Fleece, 5mm CR Flex-Foam neoprene
Upper Material Leather, synthetic Waterproof leather & suede Waterproof polyurethane-coated leather and mesh Waterproof leather Rubber
Toe Box Rubber Rubber Rubber Rubber Rubber
Outsole Rubber Surface Control rubber Rubber Omni-Grip Rubber MS-1 molded rubber
Company Claimed Cold Weather Rating Not listed Not listed Not listed Not listed -40 F
Animal Products? Yes Yes No Yes No
Sizes Available 4 - 14 7 - 14 7 - 15 7 - 17 5 - 15

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Quest Winter performs well in the areas we'd expect from a winter hiking boot, including traction and comfort. However, they aren't the warmest or most weatherproof, and they have a wide fit. This leaves us a bit underwhelmed, especially considering the higher price tag.

Performance Comparison


salomon quest winter thinsulate climasalomon waterproof - shoveling the sidewalk in the salomon quest winter.
Shoveling the sidewalk in the Salomon Quest Winter.
Credit: Sam Willits

Warmth


The Salomon Quest Winter uses high-quality synthetic insulation to provide warmth to the feet. They also have a soft fleecy lining that feels cozy. Unfortunately, there isn't much insulation, and our feet got cold in these boots whenever the temperatures dipped below freezing, and we weren't moving enough. Our feet stayed warm enough when hiking in cold weather, so keep in mind what you plan to use your boots for.

salomon quest winter thinsulate climasalomon waterproof - a thin fleece lining caps off the synthetic insulation, which is...
A thin fleece lining caps off the synthetic insulation, which is adequate, but won't keep you warm in the coldest temperatures.
Credit: Sam Willits

Weather Protection


With 6.5 inches (16.5 centimeters) of clearance from the ground before water penetrates, the Quest Winter offers decent weather resistance, but it won't withstand deep snow or puddles. The outer material is mostly treated leather, with a waterproof membrane underneath that keeps water from seeping through the boot seams. We did not experience any water penetrating through the boot shell. With an 8-inch (20-centimeter) shaft height, these boots can trudge through deep-ish snow while shoveling.

salomon quest winter thinsulate climasalomon waterproof - the notch between the tongue and the shaft is only 6 inches (15...
The notch between the tongue and the shaft is only 6 inches (15 centimeters) off the ground, which is plenty for hiking on snow-packed trails, but not enough for deep snow or marshy areas.
Credit: Sam Willits

Comfort and Fit


The Quest is a decently comfortable boot. They have a fleece lining that feels very cozy, and the fit is athletic and built for walking long distances. We found the footbed quite wide, meaning that users with average to narrow feet will have a roomy fit. If these boots fit your wide feet, you'll love them, but our testers with average feet found other winter hiking boots to be more comfortable.

salomon quest winter thinsulate climasalomon waterproof - these shoes have a good lace pattern, but the fit is on the wide side.
These shoes have a good lace pattern, but the fit is on the wide side.
Credit: Sam Willits

Traction


The tread on the Quest Winter is excellent. The balance between negative space and positive space is just about 50/50, which is how we like it. The lugs are evenly spaced and have sharp edges that bite into all kinds of terrain. On icy trails, these boots are trustworthy, and they are also great for use around town while running errands on snowy days. Their traction makes them highly versatile.

salomon quest winter thinsulate climasalomon waterproof - the salomon quest winter has awesome traction, thanks to sharp and...
The Salomon Quest Winter has awesome traction, thanks to sharp and deep lugs that bite into snow and slippery surfaces.
Credit: Sam Willits

Durability


These boots are built to last. With rubber toe and heel caps, they won't wear out in the most common areas, and leather reinforcements are located on the top of the forefoot. All of the seams are tight and secure. One potential point of failure is the plastic lace hooks around the ankle joint. These critical hooks could possibly break over time, and since they're in an important place to create a secure fit, we wish these were more confidence-inspiring. Still, these boots are generally durable.

salomon quest winter thinsulate climasalomon waterproof - the key eyelet that tightens the lace into the ankle is made of...
The key eyelet that tightens the lace into the ankle is made of plastic, which is a potential weakness in construction quality. Otherwise, these boots are bomber.
Credit: Sam Willits

Should You Buy the Salomon Quest Winter TS CSWP?


The Quest Winter have a hefty price tag. They perform well enough for winter hiking boots, and they are versatile enough to be worn for a variety of winter uses, so they represent a decent value. But only those who spend a lot of time on snowy winter trails and who also have to shovel deep snow regularly should consider these boots as a do-it-all option. We think there are better options out there for each different use.

What Other Winter Boots Should You Consider?


If you are in the market for a winter hiking boot, we highly recommend the Merrell Thermo Chill Mid, which is slightly lighter, has a better fit, is just as weather resistant, and costs a lot less. If you need a boot that can handle deeper snow and water submersion, The North Face Chilkat V 400 is the best overall, and the Columbia Bugaboot III is also a high-performance all-around option at a great price.

Jeff Dobronyi