Salomon Quest Pro 130

Model Year
2014-15
Category
All-Mountain Walk
Last Width
100-106
Flex Index
130
Price (MSRP)
$700.00USD

The synergy of Quest line cuff release technology with the crowd-pleasing morphology of the Pro series boots brings forth the new Quest Pro family, of which we tested the capo--Quest Pro 130. What's this boot the boss of? Comfort and convenience like no other, blended with a penchant for chopping up pow-laden, off-piste lines.

Testers liked the easy entry, silky liner feel and surprisingly complete closure from the revised three buckle system. They noted the Salomon-family extended length fit, and some testers rolled with extra wiggle room in the toebox while others were able to drop down a size for testing. Testers liked the Quest Pro 130's ample room at the forefoot for a fine-tuned ground feel and its hold through the instep that enabled targeted steering moves. Testers didn't have many tight spots to complain about, but we did try the 360 Custom Shell molding protocols and got as-promised shell movement that opened up the fit at points of firm contact.

Smooth and snaky through crud, crust or corn the Quest Pro is not like its edge-heavy piste pals on the X-Boot side of the family--testers found this set-up much looser, and good for rolling up on edge in soft snow and making playful arcs through chop and chunder. The fit along the shin is cushioned and the flex feel is springy with a long, progressive travel arc—perfect for bump thumping off-piste. Testers looking for more edge power on smooth, firm surfaces were left lacking, and without a cuff adjustment. Skiers in that same boat could employ Salomon's new, Cantable Alpine Pads as a back-shop solution.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
22.5-31.5
Hike Mode 
Yes
Heat Moldable Liner 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Medium
Wide

Kudos

  • “Tall stance allows for optimum skeletal alignment—super progressive flex.” -- Mike Evans
  • “Nicely crafted buckles, and a solid range of motion in walk mode.” -- Bob Gleason
  • “Great range of travel with hike mode active.” --
  • “Nice and comfy.” -- Erik Korman
  • “This boot feels good—put it on, go skiing.” -- Mike Wiksten
  • “So comfortable. Super warm and convenient—the touring range of motion is better than most others in the category.” -- Andrew Orlich
  • “Precise steering on a variety of terrain and conditions—very comfortable.” -- Bob Kuehn

Caveats

  • “It didn't like higher speeds much.” -- Mike Evans
  • “Was great for standing still. Moving, not so much.” --
  • “Soft for a 130.” -- Mike Wiksten
  • “For a 130 it's a bit weak to the edge.” -- Bob Gleason

This boot available at...

Morris Plains, NJ
Westwood, NJ
Wethersfield, CT
Westborough, MA
Plymouth, MI

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