Salomon Quest 4D GTX (2012)

The Quest 4D is a great-looking boot, with split-suede and mesh uppers and decent rubber bumpers at the toe and heel to keep them looking fresh. The narrow heel and comparatively wide forefoot gives them an incredibly secure feel, and this, coupled with an excellent lacing system and two offset locking eyelets, means your feet stay comfortably in place, even on steep descents. They’ve got a decent amount of padding, but not so much that feet get hot and sweaty. Out in the hills, they perform impeccably – Salomon’s chunky Contagrip sole grips well on all surfaces and provides fantastic shock absorption on hard ground. The Gore-Tex lining is totally waterproof, and plenty of mesh in the uppers enable them to breathe well too. They’ve got a high ankle cuff, which offers exceptional support and protection on rocky terrain. It helps keep out water too – helped by a high, gusseted tongue.

Sizes: 4-8

Upper: Split-suede and mesh

Lining: Gore-Tex

Sole: Non-marking Contagrip

Weight: 1,200g

Men’s version: Yes

Contact: 01276 404860; www.salomon.com

*Published in Country Walking magazine, April 2012