Who should buy the Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX

Grab a pair of Salomon’s Quest 4D 2 GTX if you want a:

  • comfortable, high-cut backpacking boot
  • pair of shoes that has a combination of leather and mesh upper
  • a boot that can accommodate your custom insoles

Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX brand logo

Dual-density outsole of the Quest 4D 2 GTX

Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX Contagrip outsole

The Contagrip technology gives the outsole of the Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX varying densities. Zones that are prone to wearing have high-density compounds so they won’t wear easily. 

Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX front lugs

Other zones have compounds of lower density for grip and flexibility. Low-density areas are usually in the central part of the outsole. This construction lessens the risk of injury when taking on various trails.

Underfoot cushioning components

Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX midsole

The midsole has various cushioning components including the molded EVA that gives stability and lightweight cushioning. The shoe also comes with an EVA-shaped footbed that offers cushioning and anatomically-formed support.

Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX Ortholite sockliner

The boot’s OrthoLite sockliner is a fusion of an EVA heel cup and a certain OrthoLite foam. This insert provides long-term cushioning and absorbs shock upon impact. 

Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX low-density outsole

The user gains protection, foot control and functioning comfort with Salomon’s 4D Advanced Chassis. It is the platform that keeps the foot stable and cushioned when tackling uneven terrain. Placed between two midsole components, the chassis works with these parts to provide a responsive and stable ride.

The midsole also has a thermoplastic urethane component designed for rough terrain. This TPU plate serves as the foot’s protection, improves stability, lessens ankle strain and aids in flex control.

Supportive upper

The Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX is a high-cut backpacking boot that gives protection, stability and ankle support. The nubuck leather is a premium, full-grain leather that’s flexible, durable and long-lasting. 

Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX leather upper

The gusseted tongue of the boot has a material bridge that attaches the tongue to the upper so that water and debris cannot enter the shoe. The textile component is lightweight, abrasion resistant, breathable and quick drying.

With a Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lining this Salomon offering gives a breathable, windproof and waterproof upper that is designed for outdoor activities. 

Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX Gore-Tex

The laces are made of sheath materials that give a tight grip and soft flex. They are secured by a lace locker. The knots will not untie during dynamic movements. There is a heel strap for easy on and off.

Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX lacing system

Salomon’s  design

Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX rubber toe cap

The forefoot region has a rubber toe cap that serves as a shield from rocks and other obstacles that might injure the toes.

Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX heel protection

There is also a rubber heel cap for protecting the rear of the foot. Another defensive component is the mud guard which is placed at the base. All three parts work together to make the shoe resistant to abrasions.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 22.6oz / Women 19.8oz
Update: Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX
Use: Backpacking
Cut: High cut
Collection: Salomon Quest
Features: Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.