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.
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