When we say hiking boots, we immediately conjure up images of tough, sturdy and durable footwear that is built to tread the road less taken. The Salomon Men’s Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot is every bit of that and much more.
However, we can’t jump into conclusions by simply looking at the exterior facade of this hiking boot. In this review we will do an in-depth analysis of Quest’s durability, traction, waterproofing, and performance to see whether it stands up to our criteria for the best hiking boots.
Salomon was founded in 1947 and since its inception the company has been committed to innovating new and revolutionary concepts in footwear. They offer a wide range of boots, skis, apparel and equipment for hiking, mountaineering, adventure racing and trail running.
Their performance-based design and ability to convert ideas into revolutionary products have given us some of the best sports gear for outdoor enthusiasts.
The original Quest 4D GTX garnered a lot of appreciation and attention for its light feel and durability. It quickly became a favorite among ardent day hikers. The second generation Quest 4D 2 GTX hiking boot is an upgraded version but it has kept the original recipe intact.
The minor updates include an improved rubber band, better quality laces and most of the boot’s tongue connecting to the upper part to ensure a snug fit.
As the Salomon Men’s Quest 4D 2 GTX is capable of providing a better fit, it provides immense support to the foot and ankle for stability. The impressive height of the boot (measuring 6 inches from the bottom to the collar) wraps around the ankle comfortably and delivers an amazing performance.
When it comes to traction, the Quest 4D 2 GTX outshines competition with its brilliant in-house Contragrip technology. This is not a cost-cutting strategy but an honest and successful attempt to offer reliable traction to their line of hiking boots.
They have well-spaced solid lugs which perform well both in dry and muddy trails. While they are not the most aggressive designed lugs available in the market, they are capable of providing a good grip on dry as well as wet surfaces.
If you are planning to go on a hike on a muddy and wet trail, the Quest 4D GTX will keep your feet dry and comfortable. The outer layer is made from tough nylon and leather material. The Gore-Tex liner adds more comfort and stability to the boot. The boots scores extra points for its waterproofing ability and it performs well in wet areas.
Despite being a waterproof hiking boot, Quest 4D 2 GTX does not get heated in dry and warm temperatures. The nylon mesh design adds breathability to the boot so you can wear them on those desert hikes and still feel comfortable. The nylon mesh is quick at wicking moisture so your feet don’t feel sweaty and will stay dry.
Construction-wise, this hiking boot design is absolutely unbeatable. It stays durable and unaffected even in the most demanding trails. The well-built lacing system of the boot gives you a snug and comfortable fit for those intense backpacking trips.
- It comes with enhanced ankle and toe protection to keep you safe in case you accidentally hit a rock.
- The boot feels light and gives you a ready-to-go kind of comfort with better support and protection than previous versions.
- It has a strong lacing system which needs to be done just once and you don’t have to worry about it all day.
- It offers right out-of-the-box comfort, ready to wear and go hiking.
- It provides good protection in both dry and wet areas; hence it can be used all the year round.
- The outer fabric is strong and durable. It can take a lot of beating and still stay unaffected.
- It has one of the thinnest under foots which can make hiking on rocky terrain uncomfortable.
- People with wider feet may find it difficult to get a snug fit.
If you are a passionate backpacker then these boots are worth a look. While it might feel a bit chunkier for those light hiking trips, we strongly recommend it for those tough and challenging trails. These boots run narrow so if have wide feet, make sure you order a bigger size. It comes with a thin underfoot so you may need to do a bit of tweaking if you are planning to take on rocky terrain.
For beginners, this boot may have much more than you need to get started. However if you are looking for an investment that can last for long, get a pair of Quest 4D 2 GTX to feel every bit like a pro hiker.