The Salomon Quest 4 GTX is a long-lasting, hard-wearing backpacking boot made to keep your feet feeling fresh over tough terrain or long miles with its GTX waterproof lining. I’d suggest these boots to anyone who needs great support, solid grip, or rugged footwear for their outdoor excursions. At $230, you do get what you pay for.
Who should buy it
Buy Quest 4 GTX if you want a durable, waterproof backpacking boot that offers comfortable support over lots of miles on rough and rocky trails.
These boots are made for rocky terrain and/or carrying a heavier pack, so they may be too much support and protection on easy trails.
The sturdiness WOWed me!
These are some of the most durable boots that I’ve used and they show no signs of premature wear in any area. Even the outsole also appears to wear well and I haven’t noticed any early signs of sole wear.
The grip of the Salomon Quest 4 GTX won’t fail you
Salomon uses their own house-made grip called Contagrip and while it isn’t Vibram MegaGrip, it works quite well in wet and dry conditions. I didn’t experience any slipping or sliding on wet roots or rocks.
Foot stays in place in Quest 4 GTX
This boot offers a standard fit that runs true to size. It has plenty of room in the toebox to help with swelling. The “wings” along the sides of the boot help to hold your foot in place and really hug your foot.
Comfort is superb
Salomon boots are known for comfort and the Quest 4 GTX holds true to that idea. The boots are the most comfortable backpacking boots I’ve used. Considering the Ortholite insole, ample ankle padding, and excellent lacing, they really lend themselves to immediate comfort, despite being somewhat stiff out of the box.
Less fatigue on high mileage days
The boots offer a traditional hiking boot feel inside. They offer a 12mm heel-to-toe drop which may be a bit much for some people. I never found that the heel-to-toe drop was uncomfortable and it really offers less foot fatigue over high mileage days.
Needs a few days to break-in
Due to the nature of their construction, mine only took a few days to break in and offer extended comfort over rough and rocky trails.
The Quest 4 GTX is a bit heavy
The Salomon Quest 4 GTX is slightly heavier (23oz/655g) compared to other high-cut hiking boots with an average weight of 23.5oz/666g. But the boots feel bomb-proof. I was able to use them in some off-trail situations and they really are confidence-inspiring.
Bob has been an avid backpacker and outdoorsman for well over a decade.
Hailing from the beautiful state of Colorado, he now lives in the Ozarks Mountains of Arkansas with his wife, two amazing kids and dog, Hugo.
He frequents the local state parks, wilderness areas, long distance trails all while passing on his love for the outdoors to his children.
Bob has been a product reviewer for startup companies and larger outdoor brands for the past 8 years and loves to really examine gear to see if it'll hold up
to the rigors of the Ozark Mountains.