The Salomon Conquest GTX provides a hugging fit straight from the box, which is very appealing. The sole also provides a more stable platform on every step than other boots, which again gives this model an advantage. There’s a rubber toe bumper to protect the upper, but the toe box isn’t particularly well stiffened so it isn’t the best option for rocky ground, like many boots in this price band. The heel cup is reasonably stiff and supports the foot well when traversing slopes. Underfoot there’s good cushioning and the sole is firm with a springy toe flex, giving the boot a very comfortable ride when walking on paths. You also get deep lugs that are well-spaced to give a good grip in mud. So, in many ways, this is a great boot, but it has its drawbacks. On challenging terrain the lack of a deep heel breast limits braking power, while the soft toe box won’t protect feet on rocky ground. The upper probably won’t be as durable as an all-leather alternative, but keep the Salomon Conquest GTX on level ground and it’s a very good, and extremely comfortable, option.
Upper materials synthetic, suede leather overlays
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Salomon Contagrip
Men’s sizes 6.5-12.5
Women’s sizes 3.5-8.5
Weight 1236g (pair, size 11)
The Salomon Conquest GTX offers a superior level of fit and comfort, but the features are aimed at level paths and easy hills.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine December 2013