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Are Salomon Quest Boots safe?

post #1 of 10
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I'm not trying to be a smart-ass, just seriously wondering if all the issues with the Quest boots have been solved.  I'm seriously considering buying the Quest 12 and would only be using the DIN soles, but there seems to be a lot of controversy around the build quality and safety of these boots.

 

Some of the other ski forums have been practically boycotting Salomon products and telling people to choose another brand, but I want this type of boot and feel the Atomic Tracker might be a bit too snug for me with a 98mm last.  Does anyone have any factual insight as to whether or not the Quest 12 with DIN soles will be safe to buy/ride?

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 10

The 'issue' was with the Dynafit compatible sole blocks, they don't sell them anymore. The boot with a DIN sole is no 'less-safe' than any other ski boot.

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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

The 'issue' was with the Dynafit compatible sole blocks, they don't sell them anymore. The boot with a DIN sole is no 'less-safe' than any other ski boot.

 

That's what I figured, thanks.

 

Has anyone else tried the Quest yet?  Definitely looks like a great boot with lots of positive design features (buckles, walk/hike function, liner even looks pretty good)!
 

post #4 of 10

I tried it last spring and liked it a great deal.  I skied it on alpine skis and bindings and felt it was plenty powerful for alpine skiing.  I was actually pretty bummed about the Dynafit problems because I felt it made for a pretty strong, high performance alpine boot that had walking/skinning capability and might work with some of my Dynafit-mounted skis.

 

I think you'd like the boot quite a bit.  If it helps, I have Scarpa Lazer and Spirit 4 AT boots and Head Vector 120 alpine boots, all in 27.5 shells.  I have a pretty wide forefoot and the Quest (also 27.5) fit me well.

post #5 of 10

There is nothing great nor bad about the Quest. It is just another mid-high volume ski boot. If it fits you....fine.....if not, there are others. Many boots these days have Vibram soles. Many of those that don't can have it added. If the cuff release feature has value to you, that's a plus but there are others that have it as well. The liner is average but on the weak side for the price point.

 

However, they do look very cool.

 

SJ

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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post

There is nothing great nor bad about the Quest. It is just another mid-high volume ski boot. If it fits you....fine.....if not, there are others. Many boots these days have Vibram soles. Many of those that don't can have it added. If the cuff release feature has value to you, that's a plus but there are others that have it as well. The liner is average but on the weak side for the price point.

 

However, they do look very cool.

 

SJ

Thanks for the input.  Would you be able to point me in the direction of another boot (or two) that has the cuff release that you feel would be a better buy.  I don't want to get into "will X boot fit me better" because I know you'd have to analyze my foot, but the boot-fitters in my area seem to just push whatever they have in stock and I want to make sure I try on whatever may be a good option before buying.  I've been riding a Rossignol Bandit Carbon for the last 5 years and I'd definitely like something with more width at the forefoot.  I really like the look of the Atomic Tracker... have you had a chance to check that out?  Would it be relatively easy to stretch or grind out the forefoot of those to create little extra room in the forefoot?  Thanks for everyone's input, I really do appreciate it!
 

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...just wanted to add... I'm not an AT skier by any means... the cuff release is really just attractive to me in order to help my ailing knees when not actually skiing down a mountain i.e., standing on a packed tram, doing small hikes, walking around the base area (apres), etc.  Maybe some of the more upright boots that are being produced lately would help with that as well (Lange RX or Atomic Hawx maybe)?

post #8 of 10

You are throwing way too many variables into the mix here plus it sounds as if you are impressed by the "look" of a boot. Any boot can be stretched or ground in the forefoot by a well qualified fitter. Here are some thumbnails (disregarding the look) to get you started.

 

Rossi Bandit Carbon = 98mm forefoot, relatively low volume midfoot.

Atomic Tracker = 98mm forefoot, relatively low volume midfoot. Releasable cuff.

Sollie Quest = Roomy 101-102mm depending upon which press release you believe. Releasable cuff.

Lange Super Blaster = 102mm but more snug than the Quest. Releasable cuff.

Lange RX = 100mm forefoot lower volume mid-rear than most 100's. Solid cuff.

 

SJ

post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post

You are throwing way too many variables into the mix here plus it sounds as if you are impressed by the "look" of a boot. Any boot can be stretched or ground in the forefoot by a well qualified fitter. Here are some thumbnails (disregarding the look) to get you started.

 

Rossi Bandit Carbon = 98mm forefoot, relatively low volume midfoot.

Atomic Tracker = 98mm forefoot, relatively low volume midfoot. Releasable cuff.

Sollie Quest = Roomy 101-102mm depending upon which press release you believe. Releasable cuff.

Lange Super Blaster = 102mm but more snug than the Quest. Releasable cuff.

Lange RX = 100mm forefoot lower volume mid-rear than most 100's. Solid cuff.

 

SJ

Thanks SJ... when I say "look" I don't mean appearance, I mean feature list, spec., etc.  Sorry for the confusion.  I've been wearing slime green Rossi's for the last 5 years... obviously appearances don't matter to me   Thanks for your breakdown of various models.  Do you know if anyone has put together a 'relative' comparison like this for a bunch of boot models?  This type of info. really helps when knowing what to brands to look for when picking a boot-fitter.  For instance, from the info. you just gave me, I'm going to make sure I go to a fitter that sells Lange so I can compare the Super Blaster... in the past I've gone to fitters that only sell certain boots and instead of saying... 'you'd really be better in a X brand boot, but we don't sell them', they've just sold me a Y brand boot (which still worked, just didn't give me the opportunity to compare).  If boots were a hundred bucks, I'd probably not worry about it much, but after footbeds and modifications, the last 2 boots I've purchased have been $750+ per pair and I really haven't been completely happy with either of them smile.gif  Thanks again.

post #10 of 10

technica agent BC is similar fit.

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