Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 20.1ozWomen: 17.3oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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93 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews
[A]n excellent choice for all-weather and all-terrain hiking and backpacking, with comfort, performance and light weight justifying a higher price.
I'm entering into a long term relationship with these boots, or at least I'm considering it.
The design focuses on being lightweight and comfortable whilst still protecting the feet from the terrain and the elements!
Although I found the shoe very stiff initially I’m glad I stuck it out.
Updates to Salomon Quest Prime GTX
- To give users optimal breathability, the Quest Prime GTX utilizes the Gore-Tex Extended Comfort technology. It works in conjunction with the waterproof split suede of the upper.
- The dual-density EVA foam and molded shank render support and cushioning. They are in association with the Advanced Chassis that delivers comfort and precision. Its lightweight Ortholite footbed maintains a fresh, in-shoe environment.
- The Salomon-patented Contagrip featured in this boot renders grip and durability. Salomon partners with the world’s elite outdoor athletes to gather input and develop new solutions in addressing their needs in tackling terrains.
Salomon Quest Prime GTX size and fit
Salomon Quest Prime GTX is offered in standard sizes and width for both men and women. It generally runs true to size. This boot cradles the foot to give a more secure and precise fit, thanks to the Sensifit technology. Its lace blocker locks the laces in place and permits the users to vary the snugness of the boot.
Salomon’s proprietary outsole–Contagrip–is a technology that adapts to the diverse needs of outdoor athletes. Its lug geometry and rubber compound are grippy and deliver durability. This innovative outsole adapts to each specific outdoor sport by its varying rubber densities and lug geometry.
A mixture of flexibility and cushioning is delivered by the Salomon Quest Prime GTX through its dual-density EVA midsole and molded shank. This combination is also able to absorb shock from impacts in every stride. The molded shank provides arch support. It also gives torsional rigidity, making the boot hard to twist.
The open-cell technology used in the Ortholite Sockliner footbed has a patented PU formula with recycled rubber which provides multiple benefits. It renders durable cushioning, optimal breathability and moisture management. It works by wicking away moisture from the foot for a fresh environment. Ortholite footbeds are also lightweight and washable.
The Advanced Chassis technology provides foot control, stability and protection. This feature has three components, including the EVA midsole for comfort and fatigue reduction, TPU chassis for stability and rubber outsole for precision.
To deliver breathability and waterproofness, Salomon engineers opted for an upper that combines waterproof split suede leather and Gore-Tex's Extended Comfort liner. The non-insulated construction of this technology allows this backpacking boot to be used in moderate and warmer conditions. The split suede leather is durable and is also assisted by a water-resistant textile.
The Quest Prime GTX has several features that offer protection. The rubber and synthetic toe cap safeguards against screes and accidental bumps. The mud guard overlay protects against mud and abrasions. It also has a gusseted tongue which helps to keep debris out. The heel cap allows rearfoot stability and protection.
Salomon’s Quest Prime GTX has a padded tongue and collar to deliver comfort. The heel strap allows easier adjustment during hikes. Its high-cut style gives ankle support.