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Salomon Quest Alpine Touring Ski Boots

Posted in News, Ski Gear by Jason Mitchell - 01.26.2010

Tucked in the back corner of the Salomon booth at Outdoor Retailer was a little-known product release for the backcountry skiing crowd–Salomon’s first backcountry ski boots. The new Quest boot line features all the downhill goodness Salomon is known for, all wrapped in a touring-friendly design.

While these aren’t for long-range backcountry ski tours, they are for hard-charging inbounds and out in all conditions. For my type of skiing, these may just be the single boot to rule them all. Yeah, they are going to be a little heavier than dedicated touring boots, but if you ski both front side and backside and only have the funds for a single boot, these will likely be a safe choice for overall performance.

A few key features of the Salomon Quest ski boot line:

  • 3 buckle design
  • Burly powerstrap
  • Interchangeable Contagrip soles (DIN or AT/Dynafit Blocks)
  • Thermo formable liner
  • 3.86 lbs each (Quest Pro Pebax)
  • Magnesium Backbone for improved power
  • Tour/ski mode

I slipped into the Quest Pebax Pro (shown at right) for a walkabout and I must say I’m impressed with the fit and power of these boots. The walk mode is surprisingly capable and the overall fit is nice and comfy (101mm last). These compete directly with the Black Diamond Factor boot and will find homes in mountain towns all across the Rockies. With Salomon’s solid ski boot reputation and distribution, they will be a force to be reckoned with, for sure. Prices are TBA and availability will be Fall 2010 at a ski shop near you.

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  1. Warren

    A friend of mine was severely injured because these boots fell apart the first time he used them.

    • Jason Mitchell

      I had heard about the recall and the failures of these boots with Tech bindings and I had heard about the injuries to your friend, but not much detail. Is he doing well now? Yikes… so sorry about that.

      I do know that they have now recalled all the boots with Tech fittings. I only used these boots with Fritschi bindings and they were excellent performers. So sorry about your friend.

  2. Brig Graff

    just read up on the injury — oh my word. I’m so sorry to hear about it, that is terrible. I hope he walks again, though it sounds like he’ll probably always have a cane or something. how awful.

  3. Warren

    Thanks — it’ll take at least a couple years to see how he comes out of this.

  4. Michel Jean-Claude

    Nice boot.
    Just wondered what the small strap on the bottom buckle was for?

    • Brig Graff

      It’s my understanding that it’s for a leash to your skis, similar to telemark boots. Because if you are using tech instead of frame AT bindings, then you may not have ski brakes.

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