Miles and miles.
If you aspire to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide, or just a new backpacking route with the gang, you need dependable footwear that will provide comfort and stability mile after mile. Salomon's Quest Prime GTX Hiking Boot packs all the support and cushioning you'd expect from burly leather footwear in a much lighter package than you'd expect. Weighing in at only 20 ounces, the Quest Primes have an athletic silhouette and provide a breathable and impenetrable shield from the elements thanks to its Gore-Tex membrane and Extended Comfort liner. Rugged Contagrip soles with a generous rubber toe cap protects toes from stumbles and sharp rocks, while the plush, supportive Ortholite footbed and EVA midsole absorbs shock during long days on the trail.
- Durable boots in a lightweight package
- Gore-Tex membrane and liner are waterproof and breathable
- Split-suede uppers protect from the elements
- EVA midsole with rugged Contagrip sole
- Cushy Ortholite footbed with heel retention
- Lace closure helps you dial your fit in
- Item #SAL00S5
What do you think about this product?
August 1, 2019
Great for me
I've used this boot over a year now doing summer/fall day hikes in the Whites. I might have 200-300 miles on them all on the rocks and roots. It is really perfect for what I needed. I can't believe how lightweight they are and they have a good flex while the sole is stiff enough for me. Fit was good for my kinda narrow feet, I wear 10 street, 9 snowboard boots which are borderline too small, and 9.5 in these was good. They might be for kind of a weird niche. I like to do 12+ mile 5000 vert day hikes so it's great for that. I would take them on short backpacking trips without much hesitation but my asolos would definitely be more supportive for that, although a lot heavier. Basically I was recovering from a busted ankle/grade 3 sprain when i got them and i wanted something in between trail runners and backpacking style boots. For that they are perfect. Good: Lightweight, good flex, supportive enough, decent traction, very comfy (basically zero break in), surprised by durability so far Not so good: Not super waterproof (ok for stream crossings, couldn't really stand around in water very long), not quite a full time backpacking boot, would not take it out in the winter
February 7, 2019
Quality materials, a soft ride, but...
I was looking for a lighter-weight boot that could be a versatle dayhiker and still provide enough support and stability for backpacking, and this seemed a good compromise. It is well-made and lighter than than my bomb-proof but chunky Asolo TPS 520s, but I was surprised to find that it is somewhat heavier and chunkier than I anticipated. It runs slightly larger and wider in the toe box than my Asolos, despite being the same size, and tightening the lower laces as much as possible doesn’t seem to provide enough stablility to my forefoot on rough terrain. The heel is snug and the toe and heel protection is excellent, but the sole feels soft underfoot despite the robust (and somewhat heavy) lugs. This makes for a soft, comfortable ride on sooth surfaces, but I was surprised to feel sharp rocks through the heavy outsole when on rough trails - particularly in the ball of the foot. The boot provides more ankle coverage than I expected, and offers excellent ankle support. The lacing lock system allows you to adjust lower and upper laces separately and works well. The textile upper materials are rugged and shed mud and muck nicely. The waterproof inner lining works as advertised to keep feet dry, but doesn’t breathe as well as I hoped and consequently my feet tend to get hot after a while. I’m not sure this boot would be comfortable in hot weather, although it is cosy in cold weather. There’s a lot to like about this boot, but it doesn’t provide as much stability or protection underfoot on rough terrain, lacking the stiffness I expect from a backpacking boot, particularly in the forefoot area. Others may not find this as problematic, and in other respects this a surprisingly robust and rugged boot. But I would opt for my heavier Asolo TPS 520s on any serious backpacking trip, and others might opt for Salomon’s chunkier Quest 4Ds. So I’m not sure what niche this boot fills - probably a bit too much boot for the casual dayhiker, but not quite stable enough or protective enough to be a go-to backpacking boot for me. This is a somehat dissappointing conclusion, since I like the other features of this boot and it’s well-constructed in all other respects.
November 16, 2018
Quality right out the gate!
Bought these for a last minute hunting trip I was invited on. The first time putting them on was pulling up to camp in the high mountains of Utah. I was a bit worried because I didn't have time to break them in. During the two day trip my feet stayed dry and comfortable in the muddy terrain. It is nice when it is freezing, muddy and miserable to not have to worry about your feet. I bought the 10.5 which I usually wear fit perfectly. Definitely a huge fan and would recommend 10/10 to a friend.
February 1, 2018
Got a love Salomon
In my opinion salon and make some of the best shoes out there, I’ve had at least 3 pairs in the past five years. Outstanding shoes that last forever. They are true to size and fit very comfortably
March 23, 2018
Max, thanks for your glowing review. But I've never heard of anyone going through three pairs of boots in 5 years unless they are hiking under full loads A LOT, or the boots were not durable enough. Can you elaborate a bit?
January 18, 2018
This is my 2nd pair of Salomon boots. I have tried others and for me, nothing is better. I ordered a size 11.5 knowing that they run a little bigger in size and that my feet tend to swell when hiking. I put them on out of the box and went on a quick 4 mile hike and the boots did not disappoint. They are comfortable, have great grip and are sturdy. The next time that I need to order boots, I'm sticking with Salomon. they will perform great for an upcoming 7 day hike on the Appalachian Trail.
July 11, 2017
These are very nice boots but I wear a 12.5 come on Solomon big guys deserve a proper fit too. I bought size 13 because these are replacing my old Salomon Snow Monkeys that were a size 12 and a bit to tight.
May 8, 2017
Nice Boot, Runs Big
I normally wear a size 8-8.5 shoe and tried these on in a size 8. For reference I have short paddle shaped feet that get continually wider from heel to toe. These worked fine in width but were too long. If a size 7.5 was available at the time I would likely have kept these as they felt like quality boots!
March 16, 2017
Salomon Quest Prime GTX, The Perfect Day
'm always in the process of researching and/or evaluating new gear. Because of that process I think I have found my new day hiking boot. Being a Salomon owner of the 3 pairs of the now phased out Comet 3D GTX and now the owner of the Quest 4D GTX as my main backpacking boot. I'm looking for my new day hiking boot. Over the last 6 years besides Salomon's I have worn Merrell's the Moab Ventilator & the Chameleon Shift Mids. As for me the Merrell boots seem to be best used as a urban boot. That bad weather shoe for the urban trekker. They just don't have what it take to make it in the wild. So the Salomon Quest Prime GTX, will be my next perchase for foot wear. I'm loving my Quest 4D GTX as my backpacking boot, and I think the Quest Prime GTX can take the role as the day hiker. theblackpack3r.com
May 20, 2018
I love the Comet GTX.....a bit lighter and more nimble than the Quest GTX. Do you like the Prime as much as the Comet?