Salomon Quest Prime GTX
£130 / 1170g (size 43)
We’ve just got a pair of these in for a look and thought you might like a quick preview. The Quest Prime – not to be confused with the Quest Origins or Quest 4D – is an ‘athletic backpacking boot’, it says here.
It’s designed to be lightweight, which it is, think 1170g for a pair of size 43s, but also long-term comfortable. It’s also £30 per pair cheaper than the Origins and £30 cheaper than the 4D version making it, well, cheaper actually.
Compare it to its Quest brethren and the main obvious difference is the underfoot structure. Both the others use the 4D Advanced Chassis based on running shoe technology, while the Prime has the simpler Advanced Chassis.
It also uses suede rather than Nubuck leather along with fabric for the uppers. Plus the boot’s cut slightly lower at the ankle than the other two Quests. Finally, base on our scales at least, it’s around 30g per boot heavier than an Origin.
But Still The Same…
The basics are still there though. Salomon’s medium width, medium volume fit that suits loads of British feet. The locking ankle lace hook so you can tweak lace tension to suit. Contragrip rubber outsole. Toe and heel protection. And the lightweight reinforced ‘Mud Guard’ protection that runs right around the base of the upper.
Inside the boot has the Ortholite footbed, while the upper is lined with a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex membrane to help keep the water at bay.