Field testing the Salomon Quest 4D GTX boots. 4D does not refer to the width.
If you have been wondering why I have not posted much on boots lately it is for the simple reason that I have not had much to report. I have been very happy with the boots that I have given a GREAT GEAR RECOMMENDATION and while I am always looking I haven’t seen anything I thought could displace anything on the existing list. Until now.
I have heard from a fair number of my .mil readers on deployment that they have had good luck with this Salomon boot. I have also had requests for advice on a boot that falls somewhere between the Lowa Renagade GTX and the Lowa Ranger GTX. The Hanwag Cheyenne GTX is such a boot but these guys were looking for more of a fastpacking boot, something with a trailrunner structure to it. I think these might work.
The Salomon Explorer GTX was a pretty good boot, it was a little narrow for my 11.5US medium to wide feet, but Scham loved ’em and pretty much wore them out on trails of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. HOWEVER, they no longer produce that boot so I got a set of these in size 12US.
I wish they made a wide version but we’ll see how these do for me.
UPDATE – Well, the truth is that these did not fit perfectly in my office so I wasn’t optimistic about how they would do for me in the field. I meant to give these to Scham and did in fact try to get them to him several times but just never did. They have been sitting in the box gathering dust for months until I got a wild hair and put them on for a mountain hike. They still don’t fit me like my Lowa or Hanwag products do but these are a very good boot.
The lacing system is good, the sole components work well together to form a flexible but firm and protective connection to the ground (they remind me of the Montrail Hardrock 08 trail shoes in this respect), the upper wraps the top of the ankle slash lower leg nicely, they are made well, and they have a high cool factor. I am not ready to recommend them yet but I can see why they are popular with the hitters. It would be a no brainer if they were offered in a wide but let me spend some more time in them and have the rough spots addressed. Stay tuned.
UPDATE 2 – I finally got these boots over to Scham and he put them to work straight away. A month later he reported back with rave reviews. “Best most supportive boots I have ever worked out in (trail running), great padding and traction. They are so good I would rather run than ride my mountain bike. Two thumbs up.”
There you go. Captain Schamadan gives his approval.
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