Unless you’ve got stacks of cash lying around, you might be looking for a boot that can do it all. Enter the Salomon Quest Pro 90. Endorsed as the all-mountain/hiking boot combo, I took them out for a few days both in bounds and out to check the boot’s all around performance.
Starting in bounds is always a good way to get an overall feel for a boot. You can charge hard, link some turns, and start to pass some judgment on the fit. The sizing of the Quest Pro 90 is spot on. Many times when I’m trying out boots I end up moving up or down a size depending on the brand. These fit my street shoe size perfectly, which makes things easy. My foot is a little on the wide side (for reference they are too wide for Black Diamond boots) and I was curious how these would do. Comparing side by side with four other boots these felt the best out of the box. A few steps in you could tell these were not the stiffest boots on the market but would still get the job done on most challenging terrain.
The day I took these out was perfect for testing the waterproof gusset as there was a foot of fresh snow to play around in. Worrying about your feet getting wet while skiing or hiking should be a non-issue, and this was the case with the Quest Pro. Salomon has taken the extra steps here to make sure you will be warm on deep pow days when you’re heading out from first chair to last call.
Strapping up for my first ski tour in these boots I could really get a sense for the range of movement. Moving uphill in hike mode, the boot transformed into its backcountry fit with flawless flex, keeping your feet from cramping up. With 47 degrees of articulation, this boot falls in line with some of the best touring specific boots out there.
Another key part to buying a one-quiver piece of equipment is thinking light while maintaining performance. Salomon has trimmed the fat on these boots, even down to the Micro Aluminum buckles. Although not as light as a touring specific boot, you will get what you need from these if you’re doing a 50/50 split between resort and backcountry days.
Finally, I was able to give the Contagrip soles a test both scrambling around a few ridgelines and during an icy walk in the village when heading to après ski. Again, the range of movement helped here, allowing me to navigate with a bit more grace, but the grip on the soles kept me stable and confident the entire time.
Overall this boot takes the cake for a do-it-all boot if you want to spend as many days out of bounds as you want to spend in. For a boot that is not specific to one, your getting the best of both and I think you will be satisfied.