Salomon Quest Origins (2015)


A new release for 2015 and a sibling to the popular Salomon Quest 4D-2 GTX (£160), the Quest Origins features a full-grain leather upper with synthetic panels and a synthetic tongue. Gore-Tex provides the waterproof lining, while underfoot is Salomon’s popular 4D chassis with a deep lug pattern that is renowned for its running shoe feel and fit. 4/5


The Quest Origins is only available for men, with a relatively small size range of 8-12½, but men and women could also consider the Quest 4D 2 GTX (£160), which is similar in design and comes in sizes 3½-10½ for women and 6½-13½ for men. The fit is foot-hugging straight from the box with good tensioning possible from the lacing. 4/5


At just 1484g (pair, size 11) the Salomon Quest Origins feels very light and has a running shoe feel, being quite springy underfoot and soft on the upper. There is also a softer heel-to-toe flex than with some boots here, which again adds to the comfort. The ankle cuff is slightly higher than average but still comfortable. 5/5

In use

For walking on moorland and hill paths the Salomon Quest Origins is great as the deep lug pattern provides a good grip and the flex is ideal for general walking. The boot is also very stable when the heel strikes, which is again great for paths. On rockier ground, however, the performance isn’t quite so good because there is more flex in the sole and upper than other boots. 3/5


Considering this isn’t full leather it could be considered slightly pricier than it needs to be; the £160 Quest 4D 2 GTX is better value. 3/5


The weight and comfort for general walking on paths sets the Salomon Quest Origins apart from others we looked at. 3.8/5

Review by Graham Thompson

Published in Trail magazine May 2015