Jerwrote a review of Salomon Quest 12 Boot - Men's on January 26, 2012
I have skied these a few times but haven't had the chance to take them uphill. The fact that I can ski these inbounds says a lot. I can't bomb down but can cruise at a moderate speed. Compared to the BD Primes I had they are stiffer, provide more control and are fun to ski. The primes were way too soft. Really liked the BOA system, no blisters out of the box on the Primes.
These boots really need to go BOA, the lacing system sucks, not to mention I'm pretty sure they will cause me to fall at some point. Tucking the tab under the "Biovent" tab is fine but the laces can still get caught on something. Since I don't feel much stiffness on the tongue I removed 2 screws to bring one of the plastic plates up, seems like it will help but now the lacing lock tab is in the way...
Walking around in them is fine, the bottom sole is wicked slippery, watch out will you get them scuffed up. The liner has a weird neoprene front which makes custom insoles slide forward through, I have custom insoles I had to tape down.
If there is a stiff great AT boot with a 100mm last I'm all ears.
The boot runs smaller than my impact 10s. A boot fitter couldn't get the thing fit right and kept saying I needed to go down a shell size. I tried a size smaller and there's no way in *$&#( I could get it to close. The shell fit had 2 fingers and that's ok. It doesn't mean you need to size down in this boot.
Salomon really needs to modify this boot and make it better. If you are inbetween the 12 and the 14 I would go with the 14. BC is out of my size. The double canting makes a different for me as I catch a little edge when skiing switch. Not to mention they would be stiffer. 12s are soft. If you are buying these boots to get a powerful boot then you want the 14s. Granted I'm 200+ lbs.