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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2011
What a great pair of hiking boots! The toe box is roomy although the heel fits well enough to keep the foot stable.

One of my favorite parts of the design is the grippy gromets at the sides between the foot and the ankle that tether the laces in place so that you can choose different lace tension at the foot and the ankle and there is no slipping. No extra knots to try to isolate the 2 parts!

There was zero break in for me. I brought them for the weekend in the high peaks of the Adirondacks, hiked 15 miles with 5000ft of elevation and not a single blister or area of rubbing. Fantastic.

They provided enough support on both the accent and the decent scrambling up rocky chimneys and fabulous grip from the soles. I could feel just enough of the rocky trail yet not too much.

For the price, the light blue at almost 1/2 off was a steal.

***UPDATE***
So took these boots to Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks and hiked 40 miles and 7000 feet in less than a week and they were stars. No blisters. Good in the dry dusty parts, the wet muddy parts, the steep steep trails both up and down, and not one blister or rub anywhere.
Sorry I didn't buy 2 while they were on sale.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2012
22 miles of ADK backcountry trail=

*handled steep ups & downs, slippery leaves/rocks/streams, wet bogs, dry sandy areas....
*great lateral support (I have a weak and former severly high-sprained ankle)
*good toe-room- never hit front on those steep downs
*great lacing lock enabled me to customize how tight I wanted the foot or ankle compartments seperately
*size is accurate- do not size up for wool trekking socks.
*OUT OF THE BOX ONTO THE TRAIL- no break in (I thought my fiance was going to BURST with vociferous disapproval)

THE most comfortable hiking boots I've ever owned... We're both impressed!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2012
This is my second pair of Solomon Hiking Boots that I own, I have had the first pair for 4 years and they are still going strong, I live in hiking boots and decided to get another pair just because I could, now that I have discovered Solomon Hiking Boots, I wont wear anything else and believe me I have tried a lot of boots. I highly recommend them and I am very tough on my boots and they have not let me down at all.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2013
As has been mentioned by many before me, these boots are very comfortable and light weight. I have now done 3 multi day tramps/hikes/treks in these boots and the most recent I have just returned from is probably about the ultimate test for a pair of boots! Knee deep mud, slippery muddy extremely steep descents and ascents, tree roots, long sandy beaches and also long rocky (boulder) beaches, steep sand dunes up and down and at least 3 days or rain over all of the this. I did slip a couple of times, but because of bad choices in placing my feet rather than a fault of the boots and my husband would have slipped nearly 3 times as often as me (especially down the steep muddy parts). I often stopped in creeks and rivers to wash off the mud and the boots didn't let any water in. They did get wet from the rain however and the downside is then that the water is then trapped in the boots. My last pair of Salomons seemed to squish out some of the water while we walked, but these didn't seem to relinquish a drop! One of the days I literally poured water from the boot when I stopped! I was packing 23kg when I started with water, food and camera equipment.

On the final day of walking (day 8) on the steepest descent of the trip I noticed that one of the shoelaces had snapped right at the top of the toe box. I should have stopped and put in a spare lace, but when I pulled (quite hard) on the lace I realised that they were held firmly in place in the next lace loops. Given I wasn't in an easy place to take off my gaiter and boot, and that they were both so covered in mud it would have been difficult, and that we were really quite close to getting to the bottom and had to hit a low tide mark - well I decided to just keep walking. I got down to the beach, walked along rocks for about 30 mins and then did 5kms to the hut and they still didn't budge. It wasn't until I cleaned them up and then walked 30 mins out to the beach before they finally gave in (just before I got in the plane!). At that point I just pulled them through and tied a knot at the bottom and it got me home again!

On one hand I wasn't happy that the lace broke - it wasn't that worn or old and I wouldn't have expected it, however I was impressed that they held together for me given they did break!
Then only thing I can think of that we didn't walk in was snow, but I have walked in shallow snow on one of the previous walks for a while, and didn't have a problem however I will say that my feet run hot!

I wear the boots with medium crew smart wool socks and I did get one blister on the arch side of my foot and a few on my toes resulting in a couple of bad toenails. I don't think they are the result of the boots, I am going to try wearing a liner sock next time and see if that helps.

Overall I am really happy with the boots, but I don't think they are going to return to the lovely blue they were before I started this tramp even though I have spent some time cleaning them up!

Pros:-
Very comfortable
perform well on all kinds of terrain and in the wet
gave good ankle support
lacing system allowed tightening up but leaving the ankle with a little more room

Cons:-
keep the water in once they get wet
shoelace broke
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2013
I wear a larger size shoe to begin with, but sitting these next to a pair of my sneakers they look enormous. I have decided that the size doesn't matter to me because of how awesome these are. I went through 3 pairs of boots this summer, trying to find the perfect fit and dealing with awful blisters and bruised toenails after miles and miles of backpacking in the north GA mountains. I finally found these, and I absolutely love them! Great for backpacking or hiking, I have not gotten a single blister or bruised toenail wearing these. Ive trudged through water in them and as long as the water doesn't spill in from the top, these are splendidly waterproof! If you're stuck out in a torrential downpour you'll need some gaiters to keep the rain out though. I highly recommend these!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2014
First I would like to say I love Salomon's. I have the Salomon Synapse neutral hiker in every color they have ever come out with. The Salomon Quest 4D offers the same great feel and comfort. No break in needed. However if you are not used to wearing high boots that will take some adjustment. The ankle and heel fit right while leaving plenty of toe and forefoot room. The laces allow independent adjustment of bottom and upper sections due to the locking mechanism at the ankle. The heels on these are wide which gives great stability. I hate the small rounded over heel on many hiking shoes, especially Merrels, that make me feel like I'm going to roll my ankle with every step if on the slightest uneven ground. Love these boots! I only wish they made them in a non-Gore-Tex version too as that would appeal to do many more buyers in the desert southwest. As for sizing I wear a 9 in These and other Salomon's and most other shoes except I always need a 9.5 in running shoes. ...and 4 colors to choose from.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2013
Bought them for a 30 mile backpack trip. Wore them 2 days brand new before I left. Comfy out of the box and only got better with miles. Stayed dry and provides good stability when traversing difficult terrain. Could not imagine spending more money any getting much more out of it. One thing, they are a little warm.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2011
I was looking for a pair of hiking boots for Kilimanjaro and these are it. I'm a true size 9 and it fits perfectly. I wear liners and a pair of medium wool socks and they work just fine. The support is great around the ankle and the grip on the soles are wonderful. I've hiked in ice, snow, mud, rivers, dirt, paved roads, rocks... and these worked in all sorts of climates. They're waterproof (it really works) and breathable too. The one downside is that while lacing up this weekend, one of the plastic loops cracked. I hope Solomon or Amazon fixes this for free since they're only 2 1/2 months old and I've only hiked about 10-15 times in them. Hopefully this was only a one time manufacturing defect. That's the only downside to this boot. Otherwise, I'm really happy with them. Also, if you're worried about the blue being too bright--they're not. They're a muted blue and its kind of nice looking after being covered in dirt and mud. I prefer them over my brown Northface hiking boots.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2014
So I am a tall woman who has correspondingly large feet. I usually wear a size 11, and for most hiking shoes (like Merrill) where they recommend getting a larger size, it just doesn't exist. I loved first of all that these came in very large sizes including 11.5 and 12. I got both the 11 and 11.5 based on some reviewers recommending a half size larger. The 11 was perfect - roomy enough even with thick wool socks. These are also the first shoes I have had where my toes don't feel all scrunched up.
Second, the way they did the lacing means that you can adjust how tight or loose it is separately on the foot and ankle areas. This was key for hiking down very steep trails -- I adjusted the ankle support so that my feet didn't move in the shoes even when going down steep inclines.
I also wore these the first day, out of box, for hiking 8 miles and did not get a single blister. I ALWAYS get blisters, so this was pretty amazing to me! We hiked over 60 miles that week, and no blisters at all! (I still would recommend very thick wool socks to help prevent blisters though).
They are truly waterproof -- we were rained on, waded through some shallow streams, and my feet stayed dry.
Of a note, these are pretty heavy for shoes. At first I wasn't sure that I wanted boot instead of just shoes, but the ankle support was amazing. A couple times I hit a rock or branch at the wrong angle, would likely have twisted my ankle if not for the ankle support. And while heavy, I honestly didn't notice it while hiking.
Overall, these were amazing -- best hiking boots I have ever had and well worth the price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2013
Love these boots. Wear them for all my long walks. Do recommend tall socks, as there was some rubbing and chaffing with socks that did not come up over the top of the boot.
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