I’ve been really fortunate over the last couple of months to have had the opportunity to use a pair of boots from Salomon for my ventures. The Quest Origins GTX boots have been a superb addition to my hiking kit and currently my favourite hiking boots for combined comfort and performance. During summer I normally opt for a trail running shoe for most trail walking because they are so lightweight, the drawback to my trail running shoes being that they don’t offer good ankle support when compared to a boot, and they aren’t especially waterproof either.

I have done a lot of miles on the coastal paths around Cornwall and having been given the chance to try the Quest Origins I was feeling really positive about hitting the trails with good comfort, adequate ankle support, and an awesome grip which is critical when on the steep muddy banks or near the cliff edge. A big selling point for the Quest Origins to me is the weight, they are so very lightweight I can wear them all day long, walking, running, and resting and they feel great……..comfort is everything when you are facing several miles of hard terrain.

Out of the box

Before I go into the features, the first thing that grabbed me when I saw these boots was the red laces and red trim on the black soles – I’m certain that the boots growled at me as I picked them up for the first time – as if to say “watch it, we mean business!”. I love the classic look of these boots in full grain brown leather, but the red trim gives the retro look a serious new attitude.

The Quest Origins GTX boots are top quality from the ground up, The Contagrip outsole provides excellent traction across a range of surfaces. I cover ground both on and off the trail and I feel secure wherever I tread. The grip pattern looks very much like that of a moto-cross tyre, with great depth and variance in tread – The sole feels nice and solid but has some flex to it as well which helps when fast-packing or even running. These boots also feature Salomon’s 4D chassis technology which provides extra foot control and protection on tricky terrain.

There is a nice wide entry point, so that it is easy to put these boots on if you have wide feet like me, or wearing thick socks – no issues getting this boot on and they have a very comfortable fit – the boots cradle my feet and hug my ankles firmly giving me fantastic support. Padding around the ankle and a nicely padded tongue is lined with an abrasion resistant textile

The upper part of the boots has a full Goretex membrane giving good waterproof protection – this is effective in keeping my feet dry when I have to cut across a stream or rock pools and also allows my feet to breathe a bit too. The gusseted tongue is linked in to the inside of the boot which prevents debris from entering, it is also covered in Goretex to keep waterproof.

The lace eyelets all link in nicely with overall structure of the boot, the 3 top eyelets are all hooked allowing flexibility and security when using different lacing patterns.

The fit and finish of the Quest Origins boots is excellent, with all seams very precisely stitched or glued. Although they feel very light, they feel incredibly solid. – they are also toughened in hardware areas, with protective heel and toecaps giving extra durability where needed.

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Features

  • Waterproof Gore-Tex membrane – breathable and comfortable
  • Ortholite – long term, antimicrobial cushioning
  • Full grain brown leather for retro look
  • Protective rubber toe cap
  • Mud guard
  • Protective rubber heel cap
  • Lace blocker
  • Heel strap
  • Gusseted tongue
  • 4D Advanced Chassis provides foot control and protection during active wear

Out In The Field

Having first worn these boots out on a weekend wild camping trek to break them in, I was quite surprised that under the conditions there was literally no “breaking in” needed. I did 4 miles (mainly up hill) with a 25 kilo pack on my back in forest and field. My back was sore, but my feet were fine. The terrain was pretty easy to be fair but with plenty of wet muddy banks covered in wet Pine needles to test out the grip – a really good first test, in fact the boots did better than me.

The second trip out was a bit more substantial under foot – if any of you have ever tackled the South West Coastal path, you will know that there a thousand reasons to go “off path” – So donning my Quest Origins and my EDC day gear I headed out from Newquay towards Padstow (via Bedruthan Steps). This trail offers breathtaking scenery and some pretty treacherous landscapes to fathom (off path or course), This route took me by a lot of cliffs and rocky headlands so at the same time I was exploring and marking new fishing spots on my GPS.

The boots were performing really very well and in line with my expectations they felt very lightweight even on the uphills. Hiking along the trail literally felt like a walk in the park and the soles gripped well with excellent cushioning underfoot. The weather was wet and windy (quite normal for Summer in Cornwall) and normally I would purposely veer around the lumps of Cornish slate knowing they get very slippy, but I gave them a go with the Quest Origins to try out the grip – absolutely brilliant.

That day my hike took me through crags and coves, across weedy boulders, through streams and rock pools, and over fields and moorland. Throughout the whole trek I didn’t have any concerns about whether the boots would perform, they just did, and I could get on with enjoying the outdoors just as I wanted to.

Verdict:

I have spent a lot of pleasurable hiking hours in the Quest Origins GTX boots, and the thing that makes them superb is that I don’t think about them when I am wearing them – I can happily push on with the walking and enjoy myself without any worries or niggles. I never want to be held back or avoid certain routes and I have never had to with these boots – Really excellent!

Salomon are now offering the next generation of the Quest Origins GTX boots which have been upgraded with more premium full grain leather and a refresh to the design. – click here.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 640g (UK Size 8.5, per shoe)
  • Gore-Tex Performance Comfort Footwear
  • Outsole: Non marking Contagrip
  • Chassis: 4D Advanced Chassis
  • Sockliner: EVA shaped footbed, Ortholite
  • Midsole: Molded EVA

A Big Thanks to:

A big thanks to the guys at Salomon for the opportunity to try out the Quest Origins GTX Boots