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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.

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Good but fall apart too soon

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: 9.5

I loved these boots for the 1.5 years they didn't leak. I expected a better, more durable product for the price. After 1.5 years, the rubber around the toe separated from the boot. I'll get it repaired, but I expected better quality and more durability for the price. I wore them a lot, but for hiking, as expected. I didn't wade across knee deep creeks or anything. If you're looking for a good "short term" boot, they are great. But for the price of these, I expect something that will last and be reliable over a longer period. I agree with the reviewers who found durability lacking. .

Soloman Quest GTX is great!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: 11

These are some of the most comfy, waterproof, tough and light boots I've ever had! My feet are always picky about what they get put in and they are very happy with these!

Dry Feet

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

I've only used these boots 3 times so far( 30 miles backpacking). One trip it was pouring rain and we had lots of river streams to cross. Trails were muddy. These boots kept my feet dry and warm ! They are so comfortable carrying 40-50 pounds. Easy to put on and lots of ankle support. Traction is amazing. So far I love these boots.

Hikers Delight

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Male, size 9.5. Runs true to size. Verified waterproof on several hikes. Break-in period was about 6 miles. Out of the box they were comfortable but a little stiff. To be expected from a new boot.

They do not feel like ankle boots. Light weight and easy to pound the miles away in these. Traction is very good overall. Only cautionary aspect is they are not perfect on wet leaves going down hill. They could use a slightly more aggressive tread.

With that said, I love the boot, would get them again in a heart beat. Two of my hiking buddies purchased them on my recommendation, and they like them a lot.

The lacing system is awesome. You can make the lower portion of the boot as loose or tight as you like. Then the laces lock in and allow for custom tension on the upper ankle portion. A very nice setup imo.

Worth their weight in Gold

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

This is a great boot for pretty much everything, I have used it on shorter hikes to long approaches all the way up to multiple week long treks. I put around 100 miles on a pair of these in Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, WY and loved them but unfortunatley after a foot injury I was forced to order a new pair one size larger to fit my special carbon fiber inserts for turf toe. I liked this boot enough to not only bight the bullet and buy a second pair in the same year but to also trust them enough to take them straight out of the box to Nepal where I recently did the Annapurna Circuit. Broken in immediately and not a single blister with over 2 weeks of hiking 6-8 hours every day with a 30lb pack these boots simply made my trip. Definitely worth giving these boots a try a lot of reviews say this is a wider boot but with a very narrow foot and the right inserts these boots were perfect.

great boot!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small

very durable. Ive run them for 3ish going on 4 years now. Combined with a pair of the Superfeet Trim-To-Fit Orange Insole (heavy duty ones), theyve never skipped a beat. Ive run them from camping trips and hiking weekends to weeks at a time in the field at tracking courses. Theyre a great boot.

I normally wear at 11. I did have to get 11.5 in these. Only thing Ive noticed.

five star backpacking boots

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I wore these up surprise canyon through panamint city ghost town up to panamint pass, it's one brutal walk in the panamint performed like I expected them hotspots, leaks, or break in needed

five star backpacking boots

The bad with the good...

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I hunt HARD in these boots. I absolutely love them but I can only get a couple seasons out of them. I sacrifice the durability for the comfort. I'm willing to get a new pair every couple years to stay light, dry, and blister free!

whatta boot.

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I'll preface this by saying I am by no means an expert in the subject of hiking/backpacking boots. This is the first pair of boots of this caliber (read: price) that I've ever owned, and it's the first pair I've bought in the last 12 years. That being said:

- Super comfortable right out of the box. After I adjusted the lacing a bit (had it a little too tight), they fit like a dream and that didn't change over the course of the hike.

- I ignored all the advice and reviews and didn't get an insole and now after my first hike in them, I think I'll be doing that soon. They were comfortable but the area of the boot around my forefoot and toes was a little too roomy. That being said, I also didn't lace them any tighter in that area which may help.

- I am NOT a small dude. Im 5"11 and pushing 285lbs (working on that) and these boots supported my lumbering frame over a trail riddled with soft-ball to baby-head sized rocks covered in leaves. A few misplaced steps and my ankles would've been toast but I felt supported in these boots.

TL/DR summary: they're expensive but you certainly get what you pay for: a high quality, long lasting, comfortable boot. I'll buy them again if this pair ever wears out. I ordered a size 13 and they fit just right with a little room for a thicker insole.

that is all.

Good to Go

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

My boyfriend has been wearing these Quest 4D GTX boots while running pack trips (with horses) for the past few wet weeks in the Tetons and is the only one in the group who has had dry feet. He is a size 11 and the boots fit true to size. He also beats up gear and these have remained durable and reliable in mountain environments from early in the morning to late at night. He - Teton Outfitters - gives them a five stars. Wants to live in them for as long as possible.

Backcountry champs

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I have worn these boots for over a year. Straight out of the box they are extremely comfortable and fit well. They break-in quickly and I did not have any blisters or hotspots.

They took me on over 50 backcountry miles hunting deer and elk in Colorado this past year. I am not talking about groomed trails; I am talking about off trail hiking while climbing over deadfall and going up and down mountains. They kept my feet warm, dry and comfortable. Temperatures ranged from -10 before dawn to 50's in the afternoon.

I would not recommend these boots for sustained cold or non-aerobic winter activities. These will work in the winter if you are on the move but there are betters boots out there for extreme cold.

These are a great 3 season boot that can take you into the winter if you are on the go. On trail or off, these rock!

Best 3 season + boot on the market

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small

I have had these boots for about 6 months, I put a montrail insole in them and they are the most comfortable boots I have ever worn. right out of the box and certainly after a hundred miles or so they are so plush. I had to get a half size bigger than my usual size to give my toes more room and prevent the painfully annoying toe bump on down hill sections. This conveniently also allows for thick heavy wool socks in winter use. I have had these thigh deep in snow with gaiters on and they stayed very dry and warm in about 10-20 degree weather. If you're getting much colder than that you would probably want to consider a dedicated winter boot.

The army green color is bad ass, goes with most anything. They have held up super well and the sole still looks new with very minimal wear.

They have felt solid and supportive for up to 50 pound winter packing, and light a nibble enough for summer time day hiking.

Excellent boot all around.

Salomon Quest - Sooooo Light

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

I got these boots about 3 months ago. Their fit straight out of the box is great. I did have a little hot spot at first but after about 2-3 (5-6 mile) hikes the hot spot disappeared as they got broken in. Shortly after the break in period I took them up El Cap (with about 35 lbs on my back) in Yosemite via Yosemite Falls. These boots were so light I set my best time yet to the top of the falls.


- super light weight

- great grip in all conditions from sand to wet to smooth rock

- the ability to have different tension on the lower and upper boot. It really does make the fit better without cutting off circulation to your foot.

- waterproof. I was ankle deep in a stream and not a drop got in.

- great ankle support. running down the falls when my feet got squirley these things held my ankle right where is was supposed to be.

- Cool. I found these boots to vent much better than my full leather boots. Which was nice hiking in 80-90* temps.


- Not great for heavy pack carrying. If you haul more than 45-50 pounds on your back for over/multi night camping you will want a beefier boot. But for lighter weight pack overnights and even just a day hike these things will do the job quite well.

- Winter/snow... I haven't had these things in snow yet but based on my experience with them so far I don't think they will fair to well as far as warmth and prolonged water exposure. For winter/snow a full leather boot would probably be needed.

***Any decent hiking boot (more than $150) is designed to have you replace the insole with a insole designed for your type of foot. This review is based on the stock insole but I will be replacing them soon for an even better fit.***

Time to retire these boots

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Time to retire these boots after 3+ years of outstanding use. These have been on my feet with me to the top of a 12,666 Foot Summit, and many miles of good and crappy trail and this last weekend the GoreTex liners finally failed on a creek crossing. As in my previous review these fit my 10-1/2 EE wide foot perfectly and the locking lacing system beats any other hiking boot or trail shoe I have ever owned! Time for me to get another pair of these before Salomon decides to quit making them! (Pro Tip! Take out the manufacture insoles in these boots and get a pair of Super Feet insoles "green" and these boots will feel like a million bucks on your feet).

Time to retire these boots

Great lightweight/sturdy boot

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

I purchased these boots to replace a pair of Montrail boots that lasted for 9 years and hundreds of back country miles, so I had high expectations. So far, these boots have been fantastic. I was looking for something that was relatively light weight yet sturdy enough to hike in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California and so far these have not disappointed. I've put about 20 miles on them and there was no break in required and the first time I wore them for 8 miles, they felt great. They lace on and off very easily. There is a groove on the side that keeps the laces tight all day. This will probably wear the laces out a bit sooner, but not a big deal. Very happy with the sole as well as I was a bit worried that it wasn't a Vibram sole, but so far it's been great. Haven't put them through water or snow yet, but based on the other reviews, and the Gore-Tex liner, these should be able to handle 3 season weather easily.

If I was going on a Quest

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

The Quest 4D GTX has narrow/moderate heel and a wide forefoot and toe box. The boot offers a generous amount of instep room for orthotics, but not too much that you can't keep your heel in place. The boots feels as if the Quest 4D was designed for my feet. The width in the forefoot and toe box allows ample room for your feet to change width throughout a long day found on a trail.

My first trip in the Quest boot was an overnight trip to Colchuck Lake in Leavenworth, WA. I was expecting minor discomfort considering the boots was fresh out of the box but as the trail got worse and the day progressed, my feet were still super comfortable. What's even more impressive was late into the night when bathroom duty called, the Quest was as comfortable as a slipper. There aren't many boots that feel good as a slipper after a day of hiking straight out of the box.

After that hike, I really wanted to see how the Quest 4D would handle a multi-day backpacking trip in the central Cascades, just north of Cle Elum. Twenty-five miles and 3 days later, my feet were still blister-free, and even more impressive, feeling great!

The only issue I ever had on the boots was on the rear heel of the left boot in which the sole was slightly delaminating. I'm not sure why considering the boots have only 50 miles on them and I've sold many pairs of these boots to customers and I haven't seen this issue. I'm guessing the pair I got was a slightly defective but instead of sending the boots back, I opted instead to fix the problem with some urethane adhesive. Even with this minor nuisance, I would still buy this boot again.

More pictures and details can be found on my blog:

*** During a warranty process for a Salomon jacket, I mentioned to the Salomon rep that I had an sole delamination issue with my Quest 4D GTX . Salomon's customer service was top notch and went out of the way to ship me a replacement pair, via 2 day shipping, even though the purchase date was almost a year old. I feel very confident that Salomon backs their product and strives to keep their customers happy. 5-16-2014 ***

I am travelling to north norway and I am trying to find out how these boots are in the extreme cold weather please?

I plan on hiking to Everest base camp in March/April. I'm also trying to find a boot to use while snow shoeing . Would these boots be suitable?

Need advice on size........i wear 8 running...

Need advice on size........i wear 8 running shoes and 8.5 combat boots. What size should I go with on these? Thanks!!

What is a good crampon for this boot?

What is a good crampon for this boot?

What kind of weight-rating do these boots...

What kind of weight-rating do these boots have? I need to carry 80+ in my pack (for over three months). I love what I've heard/read about these boots but am unsure as to whether I need to opt for a heavier/leather boot. Thanks!

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That's a lot of weight. I would not hesitate to go with a heavier leather "true backpacking" boot. One rolled ankle and you'll be hurting, so best to prevent that rolled ankle before it happens.

Look at good brands for backpacking boots. They will be expensive (~$300-400) but worth every penny.

Has anyone used these boots with a pair...

Has anyone used these boots with a pair of crampons? Thoughts? Thanks a million

I'm not needing to use crampons all the time, maybe just once or twice.

Best Answer

Hey Eric,

I haven't used these particular boots with crampons however I've used other Salomons with microspikes and strap in crampons and they've worked fine. It's not a dedicated winter boot so if you're dealing with an early snow in the fall you should be ok.

Hey Eric,

I agree with Alexander that these boots are not the most ideal boot for crampons, but when are we ever in the most ideal situations when we are actually putting our gear to the test. What you are going to want is a crampon with a full strap system, something that be strapped on to literally any footwear, something like this:

Hi Eric,

I own these boots and to find out a more accurate answer to your question I attempted to put my Black Diamond Strap Crampons on these boots and things didn't work out. The heel of these particularly large (width) and you would not be able to get the crampons on snug. So I would say these are not ideal for crampons though I have used them several times with Micro-Spikes.

Hope this helps,


Is this a winter boot? Notice someone...

Is this a winter boot?
Notice someone mentions: "I wish I could wear these in the summer" In one of the reviews. I didn't get that from the product description. Anyone care to comment?

Not a winter boot but I wore these all winter. used them for an overnight in the late winter and they were wet and frozen the next day but they thawed out and warmed up fast. For winter day hikes they will survive if its above 25ish degrees, just wear gaiters, wool socks and a liner. My feet never get hot in the summer even with wool socks.

are these good for Yosemite granite? plan...

are these good for Yosemite granite?
plan on doing Half Dome, and don't want to slip on the way down the cables

How high is the tongue attached to the...

How high is the tongue attached to the upper? Is there a waterproof seal all the way to the top of the boot, or is the tongue only attached part way up?

So, I have the Cosmic 4D GTX Boot. I...

So, I have the Cosmic 4D GTX Boot. I measured my foot inside REI, I was size 10 right on the dot. I have a narrow foot. The question I have is because, when I finally had them arrive, they felt really large. Anyone have some suggestions as to what to do? I was told I probably shouldn't go below a 10, but I feel like I should. Keep in mind, this is my first pair of backpacking boots. Thanks!

First make sure you're trying them on with a quality pair of hiking socks. Very important for comfort and reducing blisters. Second, if you walk around in them and they slip much at all, return them and get a different size. That slipping will cause issues and you'll be deep in the back country when you realize it.

I have a pair of hiking socks. I suppose I'm just used to my snowboarding boots. They are size ten, but then key to fitting boarding boots, is to have them tight but not constricting at all. After doing a bit of research, I learned about hiking boots having toe boxes, and some are generous. The reason I chose these over other boots, is the slim heel and ankle support. I have really skinny feet.

What difference is there between the Quest...

What difference is there between the Quest 4D GTX and the Cosmic 4D GTX?

Best Answer

Ber413 - The difference is in material and weight. The Cosmic will cost you a little more $ because it uses light weight synthetics and a welded construction in the upper (no stitching to create hotspots on your foot). The Quest uses leather in the upper and it's stitched to the breathable mesh. Both are bombproof, one is lighter and faster than the other.

Are these boots crampon compatible?

Are these boots crampon compatible?

going trekking the rain forest of Malaysia....

going trekking the rain forest of Malaysia. am undecided between this shoe and vasque Breeze GTX Hiking Boot. wet conditions of course. need something that dries quickly if wet. Any advice??

Hey aminekh12115609,

You bring up the million dollar question. A shoe that can keep the water out, but also let out the water. The achilles heel of Goretex product.

Will this shoe work for you and your trip to Malaysia? Absolutely. This boot will work great and offer you an exceptional amount of traction, foot protection and comfort. I am not very familiar with the Vasque product, but they have usually produced quality stuff.

The 4D chassis is like our 3D chassis found in some of our trail running shoes, but on steroids. I think you will be happy with the amount of stability provided by this construction and its overall "feel" on your adventures.

I purchased both of these shoes. THe vasque was cheaper than the soloman, but absoloutely terrible. THe vasque ripped my feet to shreds, was heavy for no reason, and leaked. The soloman felt amazing, lighter, and kept my feet dry. Go soloman.