Salomon Quest 4D GTX Hiking Boots

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Salomon has in no way, shape or form paid me for this blog article. I simply love these boots and reckon you guys should be aware of them if you aren’t already.

If you’re serious about hiking, you’ll want to invest in a pair of hiking boots that provide you all the support and comfort you need while out on the trail.

Now, you are going to choose yours based on your needs, but if you are looking for a boot that is comfortable and lightweight, you can’t go wrong with the Salomon Quest 4D GTX.

Pros

As previously mentioned, they are really comfortable and really lightweight. While they may not be for everyone, I found them to be a great fit straight away. So much so that I didn’t have to wear them in as you do with most hiking boots. Personally, that’s a big win straight away.

The locking lace system keeps your foot and ankle nice and sturdy without it being completely stiff. You should always allow for a little bit of wiggle room with your hiking boots so you can avoid any ankle injuries.

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Durability is another pro for mine. I’ve taken them through the¬†scrub, mud, water, gravel, scree, and all sorts of trails, and while they have the odd scratch here and there, they’ve shown no signs of falling apart. Given the terrain you’re likely to come across whilst out on the trail, durability with your hiking boots is such a necessity.

Cons

While this probably doesn’t come under durability, the eyelets in the locking lace system have been known to break easily. In saying that, in the two years I’ve had them I have had one break on me. All things considered, that’s not too bad.

The sole could probably be a little grippier. That’s not to say that you’ll be slipping over all the time, but there have been instances where I have slipped momentarily.

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And, as always, the price. Last I checked, these retail at Paddy Pallin in Australia for $350 and while that may deter you from buying them, do yourself a favour and have a look online at some of the international stores and you may be able to reduce that price significantly. It’s all about doing your research.

So, they’re my hiking boots of choice, what about yours? Let me know in the comments section below.

4 Responses
  1. Liza Sutherland

    I’ve found that the Scarpa boots are a better fit for me. They are a little heavier than the Salomons, a little cheaper, but still in the same kind of price range, and after 4 years of intermittent hiking they are holding up very well. My husband got Salomons at the same time I got my Scarpas, and we’re both very happy with our shoes. We’re of the opinion that every brand has a slightly different “foot mold” that they use to model their shoes on, so people shouldn’t be shy to shop around and look for a good fit, among reputable brands. For example, I have large feet for a lady and have found that Salomons and Merrels both don’t sit as well on me as the Scarpas. But me father in law has had Merrels for years, and loves them.

    1. John Feeney

      Hi Liza,

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on the post. Scarpa is a pretty reputable brand so I’m not surprised they are doing the job for you. For mine, your hiking boots are your most important piece of gear when you’re out on the trail. Get them wrong and you’ll pay for it in blisters, sore feet and more money to replace them. But as you mentioned, people should take the time to shop around and try on the various brands to see what shoe/boot fits their foot the best.

  2. David

    Like Liza, I enjoy my Scarpa Kinesis Pros. Definitely a little heavier but I don’t mind it at all. Paired with merino wool Darn Tough socks, they are very comfortable and work extremely well in the cold and snow. Although I haven’t had the chance to wear them yet, I recently bought a pair of Vasque St. Elias that I am ready to break in!

    1. John Feeney

      How good are Dran Tough socks!!! Can’t recommend them enough. Have heard god things about the Vasques. They were compared to the Salomons over at Outdoor Gearlab.

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