These bad boys look as though they are ice boots, you know those things with spikes on the bottom of the sole that dig into the ice and keep your footing solid.
Not that I was looking for that type of boot, but I needed something so good that if I wanted to explore Antarctica, I could, so I was quite pleased when I found my Salomon Men’s Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boots.
Gotta admit – I’d never purchased this particular model of Salomon’s, so I was hoping they could “walk the walk”, not just look good!
Salomon, the company who makes these, is a very well known brand in the shoe/boot industry, and have been around for decades. In fact they have been around since 1947, located in the heart of the French Alps.
- These boots are made from leather, and have a waterproof textile upper
- These boots have a synthetic sole for better gripping
- They have the famous award winning GORE-TEX waterproof connection
- They are available in sizes 7 through to 14, and only come in black with Iguana green inlay.
- They are moderately light, weighing 4 pounds.
Salomon – Usually My First Choice For Winter Hiking Boots
Salomon has always been my first choice, whenever I was buying winter shoes, especially hiking boots. For years I’ve been working as a ski instructor at the local resort, and I know the importance of wearing boots that protect your ankles, and your arches, as well as keep your feet warm.
I’m sure that most men don’t spend much time thinking about what type of boots to buy for next season, but investing in quality hiking boots is not a matter of gender. It is a matter of staying healthy, and fracture free.
The design is so cool – they even look powerful, and when you put them on, you feel that your feet are entering a safe zone. I’m not overreacting; Salomon has always paid attention to details. The entire upper has a seam-sealed Gore-Tex membrane, which provides excellent protection from water.
I do know that some people prefer to watch a quick video, rather than do a lot of reading. To help with that, I have included a good video on Salomon men’s hiking boots.
Waterproof / Weatherproof Footwear
The membrane is not only waterproof, but it also allows the vapor to escape, so the feet stay dry and cool.
The combination of long-lasting split suede leather and nylon mesh that was used for the uppers, makes the Salomon Men’s Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot flexible, light for wearing, and extremely comfortable. These materials are breathable, so no matter how many pairs of socks I wear, I feel my feet “breathe”.
The shaft measures approximately 6.75″ from arch; this is an ideal height to protect and keep the ankles warm.
As we go deeper inside the boots, the design gets more complicated. Salomon’s padded tongue usually has a contoured instep fit, and of course these Salomon Men’s Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boots have tongue folds that are positioned flat and smooth against the foot, so lace pressure is hard to feel. The tongue practically wraps the foot and keeps it clear of debris. Moisture definitely can’t “sneak” inside.
Toe Bumper Crucial For Hiking
No hiking boots should go without a toe bumper, so Salomon sticks to that rule. The rubber toe caps, and the heel slings protect the toes and uppers from bumps and abrasion. If you are going to wear these for hiking in the woods, or maybe trudging in deep snow, you are in ‘good hands’ with your feet.
The laces are created from sheath materials, and raw enough to pull tight all the way to the ankle. Rarely do they come untied! Snow can’t penetrate the insides of the boots, because of the powerful lace closure.
These hiking boots come with removable OrthoLite foot beds that absorb both foot odour, and the shock of high impact movement such as running and jumping. The boots won’t pressure your heels when you walk, and we all know how walking in deep snow can be a challenge.
Dual-Density EVA Midsoles
They have dual-density EVA midsoles for even longer lasting comfort and support. Enriched with thermoplastic urethane midsoles that support and help control flex, my Salomons reduce ankle strain, and keep me stable on rough terrain. Those rubber outsoles you see are super durable, and have a tight grip on dirt, rocks, and snow.
Breaking It Down
I will break down what I think are positive qualities of these hiking boots.
- Great for people who have feet that are difficult to fit
- They have a really short break in period
- Ideal for day hiking
- Very easy to lace up with a number of different options
- A new and improved fit since the Quest 1
- Super comfortable
- Are used by some forces throughout the world
- Very well made
- They have highly effective waterproofing
- 80% of all buyers gave these a full 5 star rating
As you can see from the information above, these boots are high quality, tough and durable, and that is why they are #1 on this site’s list of Top 10 Best Hiking Boots For Men.
What Buyers Didn’t Like
With a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, you will understand that there are not many things to dislike about these boots. We did find a couple of minor complaints, so we thought it was important to include those as well.
- A few people with high arches said these would not fit properly
- Some people did complain about the eyelets, as they are made of plastic and break
These are what I wear now, and I’ve owned just about every other pair of Salomons that came out over the past 10 years. They were great boots too, but Salomon has designed this boot with a higher cut.
Maybe these Salomon hiking boots are not the cheapest shoes on the block, but for that price you will get everything from comfort and stability, to design and ultimate foot protection. I say the Salomon Men’s Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boots are worth it. They are, and probably always will be my own personal favorites.