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Salomon Quest 4 GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's

$229.95

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Why We Like The Quest 4 GTX Boot

We rarely start a backcountry trek without the Salomon Quest 4 GTX Hiking Boot. Our feet welcome the support of the Advanced Chassis midsole, which helps control flex, reduce ankle strain, enhance stability, and protect our 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 to keep us moving in dry comfort.

  • Backpacking boot built for strenuous treks in wet weather
  • GORE-TEX gives reliable waterproof, breathable protection
  • Nubuck leather upper with 4D Chassis for stability
  • Mesh lining enhances ventilation and quick-drying comfort
  • Ortholite footbed with EnergyCell midsole for shock absorption
  • Contragrip rubber sole ensures solid traction up and down mountains
  • Item #SAL1542

Upper Material
[upper] leather, nylon
Lining
mesh, textile
Closure
lace
Footbed
OrthoLite
Midsole
EnergyCell EVA
Sole
Contragrip
Claimed Weight
[pair] 2 lb 13 oz
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

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What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 5

Love these boots.

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

These boots are phenomenal. Kept my feet dry and my ankles supported through several days in the Backcountry even through downpour and a slip on a river crossing.

>Rating: 5

Comfort and support

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
9.5
Height
5` 10"
Weight
170 lbs

I needed a good boot for a 30 mile hike in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. I have vulnerable ankles and so chose to move away from lows and mids to a full boot. The morning after the boots arrived I put them on and hiked 7 miles in rough terrains with a 30 lb pack, and they felt amazing! Zero break in needed. Additionally, it feels nearly impossible to turn my ankle in these boots. That is really important to me as I’ve injured my ankles on the trail before and that is very dangerous, not to mention uncomfortable. The lock on the lacing midway up makes it possible to get the lacing the way you want it before moving up above the foot into the final three eyelets. This is a super helpful feature. Excellent boot, well worth the money.

>Rating: 5

Super solid boot.

Super solid boot. I get extra discount from here: coupon-bird.com

>Rating: 3

Great fit but...

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
10
Height
5` 11"
Weight
190 lbs

...not durable and not very breathable. If you hike a lot, expect 1 1/2 to 2 years from these boots. Also, expect the Goretex liner to begin failing at about a year and from then on you will have neither breathable nor waterproof boots. Pros: great fit out of the box with almost no break-in required; a snug heel and reasonably roomy toe box (but each iteration of this boot has had less toe room). The fit is the only reason I bought 3 pairs (~$600 total) before coming to my senses. Cons: poor durabilty, lack of breathability, lack of waterproofness once the goretex liner breaks down, high cost for what amounts to disposable footwear. Also note that Salomon only gives these a 2 out of 5 breathablity rating, so if you do a lot of hiking in warmer, drier conditions you're going to wind up with hot, sweaty feet. If you need a similar fit, but with higher breathability and much (MUCH) greater durability, check out the Scarpa SL Activ. I got mine here at S&C and have 2 years on them with barely any discernible wear.

Agreed John. The toe room isn't what it used to be, and even going up a half size they still crush my toes. And I'm a D width, not a wide. The fit around the heel and arch is amazing but they do not last long. If Salomon made one with an altra shaped toe box and a polyurethane sole I'd be all over it.

>Rating: 5

Hiking/snowshoe

Boots are great as are all Salomon products. I snowshoe and hike in these. Comfy. Good weight. Good support. Keep you dry. Highly recommend.

>Rating: 3

Good but fall apart too soon

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
9.5
Height
5` 7"
Weight
127 lbs

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. .

>Rating: 5

Soloman Quest GTX is great!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
11
Height
5` 11"
Weight
157 lbs

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!

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

Weight

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

Men's size 12 US / 11.5 UK / 46.6 Eur One boot(without insole) weighs 0.76kg / 27 oz / 1lb 11oz

>Rating:

a few years old, going strong

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>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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 woods...google panamint city...boots performed like I expected them too...no hotspots, leaks, or blisters...no break in needed

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>Rating: 5

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!

>Rating:

Still nice and dry

Playing some Frisbee golf and had to take a shot from a muddy stream. Love these boots my feet always stay warm and dry!

Playing
>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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!

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating:

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

Being a norwegian I think they will do just fine. I live in the south but have spent a lot of time in the north and boots like these have worked just great. Choose a size that fits a pair of heavy or mid weight socks and You are good to go. Welcome to Norway!

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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?

Regarding EBC, I did it in low-top water proof trail runners with no issues, so these boots should be fine. For snowshoeing I think they would work also, but haven't had practical experience there.

I've used them snowshoeing in the Rocky's and they worked great. I stayed warm and dry.

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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!!

Hey, I would suggest wearing an 8.5 in the Quest 4D.

I wear a Danner 9.5EE and the Salomon's in 10 fit me great

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What is a good crampon for this boot?

What is a good crampon for this boot?

I don't know the use of the campon so I can't make a recommendation there but for compatibility it will have to be a full strap attachment like BLD1066. A step in or hybrid crampon will not work with these boots.

I have used the Black Diamond Contact Strap On Crampon on these and it worked in a pinch but the boot fails to be firm enough and needs a 3/4 inch steel shank to support the use of a crampon.

>Rating:

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!

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.

Agreed. These boots will handle maybe 45-50 pounds. For that much weight you need a full leather backpacking boot. Look at something like the Lowa Camino GTX Freeflex Backpacking Boot or the Asolo TPS 520 GV Boot.

>Rating:

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.

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: http://www.backcountry.com/black-diamond-contact-strap-crampon

Thanks for the help guys! I appreciate it

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, Derrick

>Rating:

Do you have wide widths especially in the...

Do you have wide widths especially in the 4D GTX hikers ?

Doesnt look like the carry them.

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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?

It would work fine for during the summer, may be a little warm with the GoreTex but they'll be fine.

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.

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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

Yeah, these would work fine. They've already lost one person this year on the dome, don't want to lose another. Have fun, be safe.

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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?

Yeah it is attached, to the top of the lacing area, kind of like a foot glove.

This picture is actually for the Cosmic 4Ds. They're similar but not exactly the same boot. These boots are attached about 3/4 of the way up. To mid ankle but not all the way to the upper part of the boot.

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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.

I noticed this same issue, I believe they run a little wide.

>Rating:

What difference is there between the Quest...

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

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.

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Are these boots crampon compatible?

Are these boots crampon compatible?

These will only work with a strap-on crampon.

I had a pair of the Cosmics and they were not compatible with Black Diamond Contact strap on crampons, which leads me to believe unless they have altered the heel width none of the boots in the line are, the Cosmics are 3 years old.

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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.