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Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX Boot Review – Tested Thoroughly


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Salomon is known for some of the best outdoor gear in the world. They have some of the most incredible athletes repping their gear, and avid adventurers swear by them. Here, we will take a deep dive into reviewing the Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX boots. These boots have been put through hundreds of miles of hikes in all 4 seasons. Here is how they felt, looked, and held up.

About Salomon | About The Boots | Our Review | Summary

You can purchase the Salomon Boots at any of the following.

REI: Men’s | Women’s

Amazon: Men’s | Women’s

About Salomon

Started in the French Alps in 1947, Salomon has become a brand synonymous with adventure. The have steadily been producing high quality, and highly renowned outdoor products for decades. Some of the best athletes in the world trust Salomon’s gear to hold up to the toughest conditions in the world.

You can read more about Salomon here: https://www.salomon.com/en-us/qui-sommes-nous

Our Testing Scenario

We have been avid Salomon users for quite some time. We are on our second pair of these boots, and have traversed New Hampshire’s White Mountains for hundreds of miles, Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Utah’s Zion National Park, and many other iconic destinations in these boots. They have been tested in the heat of summer, down-pouring rain, blizzards, and everything in between. They have been used with microspikes, crampons, snowshoes, gaiters, shorts, pants, long socks, short socks and just about everything you’d want to try.

If we fail to cover exactly what you have questions about, just message us, and we can provide that insight for you on these boots.

About The Boots

Technical Specs

Best Use
Backpacking & Longer Hikes
Footwear Height
Over-the-ankle – Curious what is right for you? Check here.
Footwear Closure
Normal Laces
Nubuck leather/textile
Gore-Tex Performance Comfort waterproof/breathable bootie
Dual density EVA
4D Advanced Chassis
Contagrip rubber
Weight (Pair)
2 lbs. 13.2 oz. (men’s) 2 lbs. 5 0z. (women’s)
Men’s & Women’s Available


Additional Features

  • Gore-Tex® and split suede leather offer a lot of protection while still being breathable. Also very waterproof
  • Extremely supportive ankles and stable gripped bottoms
  • Outsoles have a well designed pattern for better grip on all surfaces
  • 4D Advanced Chassis design – creates more flexion than past models
  • Padded, gusseted tongues have a contoured instep fit; tongue folds lie flat and smooth to relieve lace pressure while keeping trail debris and moisture out
  • Laces allow for easy gripping, while still staying tied well. Lace holders/clips are well designed.
  • Wicking polyester lining for better moisture and temperature control
  • OrthoLite insoles that absorb shock and contain antimicrobial treatment deters odors inside the boots
  • Dual-density EVA midsoles supply lasting comfort and support

Free Standard Shipping

REI, Amazon, and Salomon all offer free standard shipping.


Salomon, Amazon and REI all have 30 day+ return policies.

Our Review


These boots are very waterproof up surprisingly high to the angles in fully submerged water. After a 300-400 miles of hard hiking and trail running, you may start to have some separation between the Gore-Tex® and leather. When this starts to occur, you will lose waterproofing.


These boots handle all conditions extremely well. They are extremely durable on all fronts except for waterproofing. Around 300-400 miles into these boots, some gaps between the leather and Gore-Tex® made these boots lose some waterproofing. At Hiking And Fishing, we abuse our boots with usage. Other reviews indicate longer durability than this in terms of waterproofing.

Regarding tread, comfort, and protection, these are insanely durable boots. They will last thousands of miles.


These are great 3-4 season boots. They are appropriate for extremely cold conditions. They handle snow quite well, and also fit really well with microspikes, snowshoes, and crampons.

Fit & Comfort

These boots are true to size.

These are some of the most comfortable boots we have ever used. It is important to remember that these boots need to break in more so than other boots. The tongue section especially. Once these boots break in, they are extremely comfortable.

These are high ankle boots, so as larger boots, they will be heavier and bulkier than trail runners or mid cut boots. High ankle boots tend to need a little more breaking in, but these are some of the most comfortable ones around.

Read this article if you are trying to decide whether a hiking shoe, mid cut, or high ankle boot is right.


Simply put, these are great looking boots. All of the color variations. 


The lace system on these boots are fantastic. They easily tighten, stayed tied nicely, and the lace loops are well designed and sturdy. Zero issues at all here.


The outsoles of theses boots are fantastic. They are extremely sturdy and have great traction on all types of surfaces. The thick soles will last a very long time as well.


These boots come highly recommended by us. You cannot go wrong with them. They are extremely durable, extremely comfortable, versatile, protective, and waterproof for a decent lifespan. They are in the price range of boots with the same features.

These boots are also extremely comfortable for long distances.


Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of hikingandfishing.com. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor adventure, travel, and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, backcountry skier, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. Max grew up hiking all around New Hampshire and New England. He became obsessed with the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, where he guided hikes and trail runs in the White Mountains. Since moving out west, Max has continued climbed all of the Colorado 14ers, is always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about