Not long back I took a look at the Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX Boots for Men and so today I wanted to take a look at the female counterpart of this well known and popular pair of hiking boots.
The Salomon 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boots for Women
This updated version of the Salomon 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boots is a winner with a lot of very satisfied users. It's suitable for all types of hiking and so should meet most lady hikers needs.
Brand and Model
Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX Women's Hiking Boots
$160.00 (Guide retail price, subject to change)
Average User Rating
Solid Stability; waterproof Gore-Tex for Year-Round Hiking; contagrip Outsole and 4D Chassis for Sturdy Grip; gilly Lacing System for Customized Fit; orthoLite Footbed Keeps Feet Comfortable (even when running)
Some folks mentioned the boot squeaks a lot while walking. However, manipulating the Gilly lacing system seems to have sorted this out for most.
Day hiking, backpacking
The way I was actually introduced to this pair of hiking boots was actually by a fellow hiker who swears by them. I was having a chat with her on a hike some time back about what she thought were good quality boots and she pointed to her feet, as she was wearing a pair of Quest 4D GTX boots.
So while I reviewed the men's version of this boot first, I'm kinda coming full circle today by looking at the women's version of them. Anyway, enough back story!
As with the men's 4D 2 GTX, the women's version is also very, very popular with hikers. It has a lot of very positive user feedback which is always a good place to start from when you're looking for a new pair of hiking boots for the trail.
The Quest 4D 2 GTX boots have a technical look about them but nothing over the top. They're waterproof and have seam sealed gore-tex lining. The boots are also of course breathable. Except for hiking in really hot or really cold climates, you probably have a hiking boot that will do you all year round.
The boot has plenty of grip and utilizes a non-marking contra-grip outsole. This works by having patterns running in opposite directions for breaking and for extra traction on tougher terrain. The boot has a 4D advanced chassis which again enhances your stability on the trail over challenging terrain.
There is a split suede leather and textile upper that securely holds your feet in place which really helps when you're on the downhill parts of the trail. The boot is also quite lightweight, the molded EVA mid-sole means you won't feel like you're carrying any needless weight hiking or if you happen to be backpacking.
I mentioned this above but it's worth mentioning again, these boots do look pretty cool. They have a no nonsense kind of appeal when I look at them lol 🙂 It's also worth noting here that many women reported a minimal, if not zero, break-in period required for the Quest 4D 2 GTX boots. Always nice if you can avoid the pain of breaking a pair of boots in as much as possible.
Your feet are kept comfortable by an 'OrthoLite footbed'. This is designed with cushioning foam to reduce friction, even when you run. While not always a necessity, the need for running on the trail can present itself for various reasons so nice to have any extra support in your hiking boots when you pick up the pace. These boots have trail running technology incorporated into them.
The Quest 4D 2GTX boots have a gusseted tongue that keeps trail debris out and they're also designed in such a way that the tongues relieve lace pressure which is a nice touch. The boots also have rubber toe and heel caps to protect the sensitive areas of your feet from abrasion.
The final piece of this great pair of boots that is worth a mention is the Gilly lacing system. This is great to help get your boots to fit snugly and should accommodate most feet shapes.
As with the men's version, this is a quality pair of hiking boots that should tick most of your hiking boxes all year long!
The Salomon 4D 2 GTX for women are a great all round pair of hiking boots. They will cover most hikers needs whether you're into backpacking, day hiking or heading off trail into tougher terrain, these boots should be up for most jobs.
Probably a bit too technical looking for a casual pair of boots but they might work fine with a pair of jeans while out and about for normal day-to-day use.
From 100+ reviews, 94% of folks gave the Salomon 4D 2 GTX hiking boots for women 3 stars or more, 90% gave them 4 stars or more and 73% went with full marks giving them 5 out of 5! That's good scoring across a decent sample group for sure.
I have a hard foot to fit- low volume, narrow heel, normal width in forefoot. With the lacing system one can keep the heel from moving and my toes don't rub on the shoe as they would in a shoe that is made for narrow feet. I like these so much I bought a second pair immediately as it is hard for me to find a suitable boot. It is stiff enough for climbing in rocky areas but not so stiff that one feels like she is walking in concrete blocks. I had no break in time and I hike on pretty rugged terrain....Read More Here.
Amazon Rating 4.5 out of 5
Pros and Cons
- Boots give Solid Stability
- Waterproof Gore-Tex for Year-Round Hiking
- Contagrip Outsole and 4D Chassis for Sturdy Grip
- Gilly Lacing System for Customized Fit
- OrthoLite Footbed Keeps Feet Comfortable (even when running)
- Some folks mentioned the boot squeaks a lot while walking. However, manipulating the Gilly lacing system seems to have sorted this out for most
Salomon 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boots For Women Features Summary
- Split suede leather and textile upper is flexible and secure
- 4D chassis controls flex for stability
- Protective rubber toe and heel caps
- Waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex Performance Comfort
- Gusseted tongue locks out debris
- Non-marking rugged Contagrip outsole with multidirectional lugs for traction
- Gilly lacing system
The Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX boots for women are a functional and popular option for a lot of hikers. They've been around a long time now and they have a lot of positive user feedback. When I spoke with my hiking friend about them she reinforced the generally positive experiences I have read about from most hikers using them. All in all, that is always a good indication that this a quality hiking boot that's worth a look if you're in the market for a pair.
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