The Salomon Quest 4D Gore-Tex Mens Walking Boots is marketed as a lightweight backpacking boot filled with a host of technical features. For a pair of size 10’s, the weight comes in at 1.278 KG which means that they are not actually that light in comparison to many other similar men’s boots. However, for many, the weight of walking boots are not the top deciding factor.
The pair we had on hand were grey with a red trim. Two other options are also available, black with yellow and a not too tasteful green colour. All are modern looking with metallic lace hooks, plastic trim round the sole and several different panels making up the upper of the boot.
That upper is made from nubuck leather which is waterproof. And with most boots nowadays that’s backed up by a gore tex inner lining which is also waterproof. That inner lining also adds some good padding, especially around the heel and the tongue. Out and about, the boots held up well against the rain and snow as expected and I would feel quite confident in saying that I would be happy to wear these in treacherous conditions.
A standout feature is the sole (Bottom middle picture on the left). Called OrthoLite, it’s made of foam which will keep cool, dry (check the air holes) and most importantly should withstand the use overtime and not break down. Around the heel is some extra padding which all makes for a top quality inner sole.
Down below, the sole isn’t a vibram five but a CONTAGRIP sole which is non-marking. It’s got two sections to the sole which make a grippy pattern which also held up well in the snow. A nice feature is the tough heel and toe area which are protected by rubber coming up from the sole.
Back up to the top, the laces supplied are good, with three hooks round the top to secure your feet to the boots. The first hook is more of a clip which is a little bit different, the last two also clip the lace into place which is good to secure the lace. Helping to get the boot off is a handy loop around the back.
Comfort wise the boots are great. You can feel the quality of the inner sole, and according to the information from Salomon, they are made to last, but only time will tell.
Looks wise the Salomon Quest 4D boots are nice, the hooks for the laces look good, however there is a plastic lining in-between the sole and the upper which is see-through and as such looks a little “plasticky” which could put some people off. However the comfort and the rest of the boot is excellent and makes a decent backpacking adventure boot without breaking the bank.
For more information see the product on the Snow and Rock website.