Introducing our do it all, Choice Award Winner, the Salomon Men’s Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot exemplifies the latest design and state of the art innovation in hiking boots. You obviously know about the original Quest GTX that became a go-to boot for all serious hikers and backpackers. Well, you’ll be elated to hear that the second Gen boot has stuck to the initial recipe and included a few more useful features. So, how does this light, nimble, ice boot looking piece of footwear hold up? Let’s find out in today’s detailed and comprehensive review of the 4D 2 GTX hiking boot.
What Are You Buying?
First off, you’re buying Salomon. Since 1947, these guys have been providing some of the best skiing and mountain sports equipment. Frankly, hiking doesn’t get any tougher than in the mountains of Alaska. The Quest 4D 2 GTX hiking boot just screams try me from the ground up. Not only is it nimble enough for running and maneuvering through trails, but it’s protective and supportive enough to literally be the only boot you bring along. Don’t believe me? The how about checking out the top features?
GORE-TEX Waterproof Protection
When you’re out hiking, you never know what you’ll be stepping in. But you can bet your foot that it’s going to be wet and disgusting. The 4D 2 GTX boot from Salomon incorporates the most advanced Gore-Tex waterproof technology. But that’s not all, the tough leather and nylon construction also make the boot a top performer when wet.
With an aggressive stance, light components and quite the fit around the ankles, Salomon’s men’s hiking boots deliver truly impressive stability and support on the trail. Even with a full load, backpackers report that the support levels were off the chain.
When it comes to traction, Salomon does not mess around. I mean, have you seen that outsole? It looks like something you would typically find on an ice shoe. That’s all thanks to Bucking’s Contragrip outsole that looks like something straight out of a Sci-Fi. The Quest GTXs boast of soles with solid lugs that literally don’t care whether you’re trekking on wet, icy mountains or trying to survive tough mudder on some muddy trails, this is the outsole for you.
Toe and Ankle Protection
No true hiking boot should go without adequate protection features. Salomon understands this all too well, that’s why they included rubber toe caps that keep your toes safe from bumps, rubs, blisters, and abrasions. Seasoned hikers will tell you exactly how painful it is catching a rock with your toes. Thankfully, the manufacturer did not skimp out on the protection. But that’s not all; the Men’s 4D 2 GTX also comes with Quest’s prominent rubber rand as well as snug materials on the ankle for adequate protection against sprains and fatigue.
What We Didn’t like
– The snug fit might not be ideal for people with wider feet
– The Hiking boot is relatively thin underfoot, especially for backpackers with a weighted load
– Also, the eyelets are made of plastic which could easily break under pressure
If you’re looking to get the highest levels of performance from a hiking boot, the Men’s 4D 2 GTX is built to handle all sorts of terrain out there. From the slippery slopes of Alaska to the hot deserts of Utah, this bad boy has all the stability, traction, protection and comfort you need to make it through your hikes.