For a hiker, no single piece of equipment is as vital to hiking as the pair of boots which provide protection and support for the foot. Selecting the right pair can be the difference between an enjoyable, life enriching hike and an injury or catastrophe on the trail. To help you make the right decision, we decided to take a look at six pairs of men’s boots, offerings from the Salomon Group.
Founded in 1947 by French entrepreneur François Salomon and his son, the Salomon Group has been specializing in the design and manufacture of high performance sports equipment for nearly 70 years. Their products can be found the world over and make themselves an essential item for hikers and sports enthusiasts the world over. In 1997, the Salomon Group officially became part of the larger Adidas Group, further expanding their markets and catalog. In 2005, the Salomon Group was sold to Amer Sports, a Finland-based company.
1. SALOMON QUEST 4D GTX BACKPACKING BOOT
The Salomon Men’s Quest 4D GTX Backpacking Boots are a pair of boots designed for optimal performance and comfort during long hikes, with added support to offset the weight of a backpack. Made with a polyester mesh and feature rubber heel and toe caps for added water proofing.
These boots are rather remarkable for providing exceptional support while remaining quite lightweight. We also found the waterproofing to be above average in our testing, with the Quest 4D’s keeping our feet dry even in muddy conditions. Unlike some boots which sacrifice breathability for waterproofing, the Quest 4D’s are also quite well ventilated and don’t leave you overheating in warm weather.
Available in a variety of colors, the Salomon Men’s Quest 4D GTX Backpacking Boots are a great choice for long hikes for backpackers or anyone looking for a bit of additional support. Definitely a great choice for anyone browsing the catalog of Salomon hiking boots for men.
2. SALOMON COMET 3D GTX HIKING BOOTS
Made from a nubuck leather and nylon mesh, the Salomon Comet 3D GTX Hiking Boots are a pair to last many long, strenuous hikes without ever compromising their performance. Equipped with Gore-Tex waterproof lining, the Comet 3D’s manage to keep the foot dry even when submersed. These boots don’t quite offer the amount of foot support that a pair of backpacking boots might offer, like the quest 4D’s above, but they are a bit lighter and have a more nimble, dextrous quality to them, allowing you to move more freely unencumbered by boots or backpack.
But the Comet 3D’s do not compromise on comfort and support. The EVA mid-sole cushioning provides a nice support even on long hikes and fatiguing trails. Overall, the Salomon Comet 3D GTX Hiking Boots are a remarkably wearable boot, functioning practically as a natural extension of the foot to provide protection against the elements and improve the performance of the hiker.
Quest VS Comic
Quest are for heavy duty backpacking. The 4d system in the quest is with hard midsole making it more supportive of forefront foot which is better for better for heavy backpacking on the uneven ground, but not excessively stiff to prevent flexibility in the forefront.
The 3d system is more supportive to the heel and less supportive to the forefoot area. they are more flexible than quest.
3. SALOMON SYNAPSE MID CS HIKING BOOTS
Easily the most notable feature of the Salomon Men’s Synapse Mid CS Hiking Boots is their no-tie lacing system, which simply allows you to tighten the shoe with the pull of one lace. Although some may prefer the additional control afforded by traditional lacing, the ability to have such a simple fastening mechanism can save a lot of time, energy and hassle for those on the move. This definitely makes the Synapse’s a fantastic choice for anyone who doesn’t like fussing with laces, but there is much more in store for any owner of a pair to enjoy.
Like any good hiking boots, the Synapse’s feature a waterproofing layer, in this case Salomon’s CLIMASHIELD technology. The boots also include a mud guard around the base and a rubber toe cap for additional waterproofing. A springy mid-sole EVA shaped cushion provides excellent support and a wide platform as a base for each step. This makes the Salomon Men’s Synapse Mid CS Hiking Boots exceptionally comfortable and performing well even on endurance hikes, and the no tie lacing system makes them a unique offering in the line of Salomon hiking boots for men.
4. SALOMON CONQUEST GTX BACKPACKING BOOTS
The Salomon Men’s Conquest GTX Backpacking Boots are designed to be rugged, surefooted and supporting for backpackers carrying large loads. Geared to give optimal stability and support, the Conquest’s manage to be lightweight and flexible while also exceedingly durable and provide excellent protection to the foot.
Fashioned from split suede leather, a material which allows the boots to be extremely durable while also breathing quite well. The leather is long lasting and doesn’t take much wear, even on punishing hiking trails. Besides the fairly thick leather, additional protection is provided in the form of heel and toe caps and excellent waterproofing technologies. With an EVA shaped footbed, the Salomon Men’s Conquest GTX Backpacking Boots conform themselves to the natural anatomy of the foot to provide exceptional comfort and stability, enhancing the natural performance of the foot in motion.
5. SALOMON DISCOVERY GTX HIKING BOOTS
The Salomon Men’s Discovery GTX Hiking Boots are a simple, rugged boot great for trekking trails of all sorts. Fashioned from split suede leather and Gore-Tex Extended Comfort Footwear, the Discovery’s are sure to keep you dry and comfortable until your journey’s end. These boots are remarkably light – protecting the foot without weighing down each step. They provide a high degree of comfort and stability expected from a good hiking boot.
Waterproofing is highly effective on the Discovery’s – the combination of Gore-Tex, rubber heel and toe caps and gusseted tongue do an excellent job at ensuring no water – or any other debris – finds its way into your boot to cause irritation or damage. The boots are also quite comfortable, with a highly ergonomic design supporting the anatomy of the foot and improving the efficiency of each step. Features like Salomon’s Advanced Chassis, Ortholie and Modeled EVA design truly make the Salomon Men’s Discovery GTX Hiking Boots a winning option.
6. SALOMON MEN’S WINGS SKY GTX 2 HIKING BOOTS
Last in our list of Salomon hiking boots for men is the Salomon Men’s Wings Sky GTX 2 Hiking Boots. This is an interesting looking pair of boots, with a dark black streaked with bright tongues of orange and highlights of a bluish off-white. These boots are designed for high performance: maneuverability, speed, comfort, endurance. With interesting features such as Salomon’s 3D Chassis, Gore-Tex Waterproof lining, padded tongue and collar, ankle high gaiter and a self-locking eyelet for the laces, this is really a pair with all the bells and whistles.
The Wing’s are regarded for their exceptional ankle support. Supporting the whole foot in a carefully, ergonomically engineered design, the Wing’s are made to be the ideal support device for long hikes or even for trail running. Lightweight, waterproof, durable, and offering exceptional support and stability, the Salomon Men’s Wings Sky GTX 2 Hiking Boots are definitely as featureful as they are colorful.