There's a couple of interesting looking new lightweight boots in the

offing from Salomon, the Quest

and Cosmic 4D GTX, which borrows  many of the

features first seen on the highly successful XA Pro running and

adventure racing shoes.

Salomon Cosmic 4D

Due out this spring, the Cosmic - above - looks strangely familiar and

uses an evolution of the 3D chassis from the running shoe. The

multi-layered 4D design has more cushioning in the forefoot for boot

use and added stability features.

The new boots, say Salomon are lightweight, agile but stable footwear

that can be used for trekking, backpacking and hiking. As well as the

4D Advanced Chassis, the boots have protective heel and toe caps,

Gore-Tex waterproof liners, a moulded EVA mid-sole for underfoot

cushioning, Contragrip outsole unit and an Ortholite sockliner.

And the numbers? The Cosmic

4D GTX will retail for £145

and weighs a claimed 550g in a size 5.5 or 630g in an 8.5. The Quest 4D

GTX is priced at £130

and weighs 570g or 780g in the same sizes.

Available shortly. We should have a pair for review shortly, so watch

this space.