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95 / 100 based on 24 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | The Boot Guy | | Level 3 expert

    It is a little heavy, not it weight, but heavy in materials.

  • 100 / 100 | HuntArcheryAZ | Level 1 expert

    This is the most durable boot that I've ever used and the most comfortable boot that I've ever used.

  • 100 / 100 | OutdoorGearLab | | Level 3 expert

    This winner begs to be pushed to the limit, and it delivers time and time again.

  • 100 / 100 | The Big Outside | | Level 3 expert

    This is a solidly built, sturdy, midweight backpacking boot for backpackers and dayhikers who want better-than-average support and reliable waterproofing for carrying 30-40 pounds—without bumping up to a heavyweight boot.

  • 90 / 100 | Switchback Travel | | Level 2 expert

    Appreciated for its light and nimble feel, the original Salomon Quest 4D GTX quickly became a go-to hiking boot for serious day-hikers and fast moving backpackers.

  • 100 / 100 | Active Gear Review | | Level 1 expert

    The Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX boots are top-quality hiking wear that deserve special commendation for their incredible comfort, lightweight tech and overall design.

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  • The Quest 4D 2 GTX is an over-the-ankle backpacking cleat built for tackling challenging terrain. The designers incorporated Salomon’s 4D Advanced Chassis which is a technology based on trail running shoes from the footwear company. It’s a feature that provides protection and control when embarking on rough trails.
  • Cushioning mainly comes from the EVA midsole. Additional cushioning comes from the Ortholite sockliner that provides a cool, dry and healthy feel to the foot. This insert comes with a heel cup for more cushioning and support.
  • The Quest 4D 2 GTX is infused with Salomon’s proprietary Contagrip. It gives optimum traction on various wet and dry grounds. It is also non-marking and durable.
  • The upper is lined with a Gore-Tex membrane to make the shoe breathable and waterproof. Water cannot penetrate the shoe and moisture caused by sweat can escape from the inside.

The Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX is a cleat for both men and women. It is offered in regular sizes. The shoe comes in standard width. According to a retailer, these cleats have a slightly wider toe box but are not considered wide. The forefoot was designed to accommodate natural toe-spreading. The women’s version is constructed using a women’s specific last. The shoe fairly runs true to size. The lace-up closure gives the wearer a custom fit. The gusseted tongue is padded and provides a streamlined instep fit. It also goes flat and smooth on foot for pressure relief while preventing debris and moisture.

Contagrip is the technology applied for the cleat to grip on various terrain. This technology mixes various compounds with varying densities. Some regions—such as the edges—of the outsole are harder while some are softer. Zones that are prone to wearing have high-density compounds so they won’t wear easily. 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.

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.

The cleat’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. The open-cell PU foam lets air circulate in and around the sockliner. Its open-cell structure is the moisture management system that maintains the freshness of the foot. The heel also gets support and cushioning from the EVA heel cup.

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.

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

The footgear’s designers placed the Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lining to keep the foot dry. This technology is applied to the cleatie of the shoe. Gore-Tex is a material that’s breathable, windproof and waterproof. The type used on the Quest 4D 2 GTX from Salomon is designed for outdoor activities under moderate and cool temperatures.

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.

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

  • The Ortholite sockliner is made using recycled tire materials for the protection of the environment. They are machine washable and can maintain their beneficial qualities after wash.
  • A retailer specified that it works with strap-on crampons.
  • The 3rd version of the Salomon Quest 4D GTX replaces this cleat.