Salomon Quest Origins. Leather Boots Red Laces
Salomon Quest Origins. Leather Boots Red Laces are the boots I decided to go for to help me on my way up Everest. I have a pair of Salewa guide Pro’s, that I have used in the Alps in winter at altitude, and they are great. However for hiking initially in a hot climate, and with such thin air I wanted something lighter .I initially purchased some Salewa Mountain trainers-The same size. After over 100 miles of attempting to break them in I gave up. My heel was slipping, and even with some Supafeet green insoles. (I will get to these later) I had to send them back, and Amazon were great. A refund was issued as Salewa have a BRILLIANT anti-blister guarantee. So Salewa, as a company-Brilliant. This particular pair didn’t work for me, but had they of fitted better, I would no doubt of kept them. The rubber used was quite fantastic. It gripped in the wet, on wet granite, and infant everywhere. I was very sad to admit they wouldn’t fit right.
So to Cotswold Outdoors Truro I went, and spoke to the guys there. They were ace. I have always liked Salomon, but thought their boots a bit flimsy for real hiking. I was contemplating the Meindl Bhutan-the boot that replaced the Burma. I read good things. So in the shop I tried the Meindls. They were lovely. Quite stiff, but lovely none the less. Then the Salomons were suggested. I tried these, and they instantly felt great. Really great, and I bit the bullet and bought them. Got home and put my Supafeet in. The next day with one thick pair of sockes I set out. A walk of about 10.5 miles done and i was impressed. I had minor discomfort from the new boots, but it was minor. I could easily of walked 3 miles further, but quit while you are ahead…right? So a couple of days later, I tried with a liner sock and a thick pair and set off. Brilliant. Really Brilliant. No issues really at all. There is always paranoia when walking along way and worrying about the new boots…”will they bite” But no, the superset bedded in, walking with a pack, they were excellent. I am still paranoid to use them for EBC as once away they will have to be ok, but Im sure all will be ok . So far-probably 60 miles in they are excellent. They are lightweight too-this is very important as when the air is thinner than the gravy you get in the 99p store, you want to make sure everything is as light as possible.
The laces are red, and they look really,really good. They are grippy, and feel like they will do the job in hand. I emailed Salomon to ask for a spare pair, alas I was very disappointed to hear that they are unable to obtain them. (This did annoy me, as I buy a lot of Salomon gear, and they could of flung a pair of laces in the post-especially considering a review…Anyways, the laces are good, lets hope they stay good and don’t snap!
The lowest ‘V’ eyelets/hooks are good as they grip the laces and hold them in place. There are no bearings or hinges anywhere in the boot (Some boots have these little features that are great), I guess this saves weight and adds not alway necesary complications to the boot.
2 Months on.
Having worn them on lots of hikes, on roads, grass, mud, coastal paths and sand in both sun and rain its time for a real life update.
They have taken a beating but have performed well. My feet did get quite wet one day, but i think this is not due to the fact they leaked, but more to the point I went out in the poring rain in jeans, and thus my socks got wet and wicked the moisture into my boots. Saying this the 2 sock system did brilliantly and there was no discomfort.
On grass and mud the lugs are not really deep enough, and Cornwall this time of year tends to be muddy, so I had a fair bit of sliding. This was not really worrying as you still felt quite in control, and the good fit of the boot meant that you are able to instantly be aware of any unwanted slippage, and thus you adjust where you tread.
The boots initially were a bit of a pain to lace. I was trying various different methods, but now I have simply gone classic. On putting the boot on I pull my toes up to create ankle movement and space and tighten them. This is great. They sit perfectly and comfortably. The Supafeet insoles really add to stability-I honestly find it amazing that a bit of plastic in your shoes can give you better balance. If you haven’t tried it…TRY THEM!
Before buying these Salomon quest origins I was skeptical. I have some Salomon Ultra Mid GTX Hiking Boot that I have had for a couple of years that I use for work and town really. They are grouted, and on paper great. I never really bonded with them. Flimsy, not great water resilience, so moving to the Salomon Quest Origins was a revelation. They are almost completely different,as if another company has made them. They are brilliant. I would highly HIGHLY recomend them.
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