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Salomon Quest 4 GTX Walking Boots | Deep Dive

The boot re-booted. Salomon's popular trekker has seen a bunch of updates for Spring 2021, all with long-distance comfort in mind

In its various iterations over the years, the Salomon Quest has arguably been one of the most popular hiking boots of all time – if not the most popular.

Bringing the kinds of durability, protection and reliability that you’d want when taking on mountain terrain but without the weight penalty that you often get from boots made for the rough stuff, it’s easy to see why the Quest has been so popular.

If you’ve already owned a pair of Quests or are just familiar with them, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this new version, the Quest 4 GTX, looks relatively unchanged. It’s true that apart from being a touch smarter, there isn’t that much of an overhaul to its appearance. But there’s a definite upgrade in performance and that’s all thanks to some impressive tweaks made down in the boot’s underbelly.

The Sole Unit

Salomon have updated the chassis of the Quest in an effort to provide greater support for your foot and ankle, particularly around the heel. This new ADV-C Chassis targets articulations on the outer foot to optimise stability without limiting your mobility, ultimately reducing the risk of exterior ankle sprains. The added benefit of this is that it provides a kind of boosted roll-off for your stride – a small energy saver that will actually make a big impact on those days when big mileage is accrued. 


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The outsole features the kind of lugs you’d want to have on a boot for tough terrain, particularly the muddy stuff we get in the UK, and there’s also a decent heel brake for that extra reliability on the downhill. Salomon have used their classic Contragrip here, a rubber compound that’s well regarded for its traction across a range of surfaces. 

If you like the ability to swap your insoles when you’ve put a good few months into them, the good news for you is that the Ortholite ones here are removable.

The Gore-Tex membrane, high ankle and gusseted tongue combine for excellent waterproof protection. Photos: Will Renwick
Deep lugs, a heel brake and a Contragrip rubber compound on the outsole.
The upper is made from a Nubuck leather and a tough synthetic. Note the new ActivSupport wrapping around the midfoot.

The Upper

Like the previous version of the Quest, the upper features a mix of Nubuck leather and a super durable synthetic fabric, similar to Cordura, which reinforces the walls of the boot and forms the gussets on either side of the tongue. Breathable waterproof protection throughout comes in the shape of a Gore-tex membrane. 

Another of the traits from the last Quest that Salomon have kept is the high cut ankle. Some may find this takes getting used to, but it’s well padded and obviously very supportive, so there are obvious benefits to it – particularly for stuff like alpine trekking. 

Last but not least, for handling those rockier trails or even scrambles you’ve got a solid toe bumper and protection around the heel as well.

The sole unit will block out sharp stuff underneath, but it still has plenty of flex and that brings that long-distance comfort.

We found the fit to be slightly narrow around the middle of the foot but then spacious at the toes with just the right amount of wiggle room for comfort on those longer days. That said, the lacing system does still provide for plenty of volume adjustment, so you really can refine the fit depending on your foot shape. Another tick for the lacing system is that it’s super smooth and the solid metal eyelets glide in the places you want them to – but lock in where you need them too as well. 

What’s The Salomon Quest 4 GTX Is Best Suited To

Given its combination of a low weight, stability and durability, the Quest is probably most at home on tough treks – think hiking hut-to-hut in the Alps or taking on Scotland’s Cape Wrath Trail. You could definitely call it a bit of an all-rounder though, we could see ourselves calling upon it for, say, a day hike to the top of a 3000 footer, a Grade One Lake District scramble, or even just a pub walk that has the potential to be a tad muddy.

Full Specifications

Available in men’s and women’s versions / upper: Nubuck leather/textile / Gore-tex membrane / Ortholite insole / Contragrip outsole / protective mudguard / protective toecap / gusseted tongue / EVA foam midsole / drop: 12mm.

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