Facts

  • Subcategory

    Hiking Sandals

    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.

    Hiking Shoes

    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.

    Hiking Boots

    Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.

    Mountaineering 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.

  • Use

    Day Hiking

    Shoes or boots for hikes that only last for half a day. Flexibility and lightness are the highlights of these kinds of footwear. See the best day hiking shoes and the best day hiking boots.

    Backpacking

    For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots

    Speed Hiking

    Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.

    Winter Hiking

    Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.

    Multi-sport

    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.

  • Cut

    Low

    Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.

    Mid

    Boots with an ankle-height cuff. They provide extra ankle support. See mid-cut hiking boots and mid-cut mountaineering boots.

    High

    Boots with a cuff that goes above the ankle. In the case of insulated ones, they may reach the calf. Also grants extra ankle support. See high-cut hiking boots and high-cut mountaineering boots.

    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.

  • Price
    $190
  • Feature
  • Weight
    Men: 20.1oz
    Women: 17.3oz
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
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Summary

We spent 10.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

11 reasons to buy

  • A good number of backpackers enjoyed the lightness of the boot. They said that it was perfect for long-distance hikes.
  • The slightly expensive price tag of the Salomon Quest Prime GTX was definitely worth it, according to numerous satisfied wearers.
  • Many users were impressed with its sturdiness. They mentioned that it held up perfectly from groomed trails to the roughest terrains.
  • The minimal-to-no break-in period was lauded by several users.
  • A lot of Salomon stalwarts admired the support the Quest Prime GTX rendered.
  • The superb construction and quality of the pair satisfied a couple of backpacking enthusiasts.
  • More than a handful of users were flabbergasted with the Contagrip technology. They said that it was a very grippy sole, making them feel secure on challenging trails.
  • Its roomy toe box received two thumbs up from some backpackers as they did not feel any pinching or hot spots in the toe area. It let their toes move freely inside the shoe.
  • A high percentage of reviewers liked the comfort of Salomon’s Quest Prime GTX. They experienced no foot fatigue after backpacking for miles. One even described it as having pillows on her feet.
  • The ankle support was not left unnoticed by a few users.
  • The waterproofing ability of the boot was truly admirable, according to a number of reviews.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of Quest Prime GTX users were not pleased with the fit of the pair. It was too wide that they felt like their feet were swimming inside the shoe.
  • The laces frequently untied according to some frustrated wearers. One was so disappointed as he had to tie the laces numerous times while trekking.
  • One expert wasn’t too fond of the boot’s underwhelming aesthetics.

Bottom line

The support and traction from the lightweight Salomon Quest Prime GTX unquestionably made its average price all worth it. The pair was sturdy yet required little-to-no breaking-in. Its Contagrip technology was not left unnoticed as well as its quality construction. The comfort of the backpacking boot which was tantamount to having no foot fatigue at all was also appreciated. It also provided ample toe box space and had excellent waterproofing. No matter how perfect the boot may seem, some shortcomings still plague it. Upset consumers noted that the fit was too wide and there were some issues with the laces.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are hikers, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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93 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Active Traveller

    [A]n excellent choice for all-weather and all-terrain hiking and backpacking, with comfort, performance and light weight justifying a higher price.

  • 100 / 100 | Hiking for Her

    I'm entering into a long term relationship with these boots, or at least I'm considering it.

  • 95 / 100 | Femme Fatale Airsoft

    The design focuses on being lightweight and comfortable whilst still protecting the feet from the terrain and the elements!

  • 90 / 100 | Rays

    Although I found the shoe very stiff initially I’m glad I stuck it out.

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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.

Outsole

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper

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.