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02-06-2010, 09:59 AM #1Registered User
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Salomon Quest 12 Boot info From Rick Armstrong
Quest Info for those who want to know.
FUll disclosure - This is Rick Armstrong and I ride for Salomon. I am biased for good reason. Salomon is the real deal with one intention of making the best gear possible based on what real skiers want. My job with them is to test gear and innovate new ideas and connect with the ski community to find out what we need to provide to the hardcore skiers out there - I love my job!!!!
I have been testing and working on the Quest boot for the last year. I think I have more days on these than anybody. I was forwarded to this thread by my bro Cody Townsend (serious ripper and passionate skier) .
Here is the skinny on the Quest Boots.
1) Why so many boots and what are the differences.
The reason there are 6 versions of the boot is simple. Salomon has listened to us and has committed to making this boot series as complete as possible to
fit as many peoples needs as possible. This is not just a marketing product this is a "Quest" for the best AT capable alpine boots - period.
The 6 boots are below: (weight is based on a 26.5)
Here are the real specs:
Name - Color - Sizes Avail. - Flex - Last - Strap - Weight
Quest Pro Pebax - Grey/Black - 24.5-29.5 -110 - 101 - 45 - 1.75kg/3.86lbs
Quest Pro Brown/Black - 24.5-29.5 -110 - 101 - 45 - 1.9kg/4.19lbs
Quest 12 Orange/Black - 24 -29.5 -120 - 101 - 55 - 2.1kg/4.62lbs
Quest 10 Transluc. Grey/Black - 24 -29.5 -110 - 101 - 55 - 1.95kg/4.30lbs
Quest 8 Transluc. Silver /Black - 24 -29.5 - 90 - 101 - 45 - 1.75kg/3.86lbs
Quest Women Grey/Black - 24 -27.5 -110 - 101 - 45 - 1.75kg/3.86 lbs
All of the boots have a revolutionary v shaped lower cuff design that allows the walk mode while still keeping the rigidity and integrity of the boot intact while in ski mode. All boots also have specialized buckles that have been made as lightweight as possible while retaining strength.
Quest Pro Pebax : Intent - AT (Earn your turns) - Light Weight (and still ski like a real boot)
Comes with the Dynafit compatable touring pads (not the din pads), Comes with the Ultralight thermoformable liners (ALL of the others come with My Custom Fit Performance/BioVent Liners) Uses the Pebax (lightweight plastic) on the lower shell and Polylight cuff (Biggest difference between this and the Quest Pro)
Quest Pro - Intent - AT - Medium Weight - Comes with Touring Pads
Quest 12 - Intent - High Performance Alpine Boot with full AT capabilities.
This is the boot I have been wanting for 20 years. This is also the boot I am skiing everyday ( I have put more than 70 days on a pair of these) I can hit airs with these, ski big lines, race gates if I want. Tour the back-country and use Dynafits if you want. I spent three weeks in South America this last August and September skiing with Callum Pettit, Zach Giffen, and Kye Petersen (Sick rippers) and was able to ski these everywhere we went, also hit all the same lines and airs. Hit a couple of 30 to 40 Footers with no problems.
This boot comes with the Alpine (DIN) Toe and heel. You will have to buy the touring pads (which is what I am using every day) The cost is supposed to be $50 bucks! at retail. - Cheap for a refresher set when needed.
My take on AT boots is I prefer a boot that skis at a high performance level and tours well. I would rather sacrifice a little weight for better performance on the down than have a lightweight flimsy skiing boot.
Quest 10 Almost identicle to the Quest 12 with a softer flex of 110 vs 120. And a little lighter weight.
Quest 8 Softer and light5er yet with a 90 Flex.
Quest Women - Softer (80) and Sexy (Has faux fur on the liner)
Bottom line - Super Sick High Performance Alpine Boots with full AT capabilities. Very torsionally stiff and a variety of flex's .
Made by Salomon who knows how to make high quality (read durable) ,comfortable boots, that perform like they should.
In my opinion these are the best boots for what I do that have ever been made.
By the way - stay tuned we have more surprises to come.
Peace - Rick
02-06-2010, 12:39 PM #2
So good news!!!
The Quest 12 sound awesome, I'm seriously thinking about not buying another pair of Ghosts and going for the Quest instead. And the Ghost kicks ass!
I'm def. gonna make sure that we get lots of Quest boots in the shop the coming season, they're gonna sell like shots on Ibiza!
And I'm so hoping that the coming suprises is some sort of STH 14 Driver transformed into an AT-bindning! It would dominate the market considering to how much problems there are with the Dukes... Keep up the kick-ass R&D and keep pushing the limits!
/a fellow Salomon employee from the Concept Store in Stockholm
02-06-2010, 12:45 PM #3
It makes me happy when big ski companies really listen to their athletes instead of just sending them gear.
02-06-2010, 12:49 PM #4Perhaps you'd be more comfortable on epicski or Paula's Ski Lovers, AltaNancy.
02-06-2010, 12:54 PM #5
Can you show a side by side comparison of he cuf height of the Quest boots (in particular the Quest 12) compared to a traditional alpine boot?
One of my major probelms with AT boots has been that the cuff is so much shorter that traditional alpine boots. The shorter AT cuff makes it feel like your shin will snap in half when landing bigger airs.
02-06-2010, 03:46 PM #6
What's the instep height like?It doesn't matter if you're a king or a little street sweeper...
...sooner or later you'll dance with the reaper
Kaz is my co-pilot
02-06-2010, 04:16 PM #7
ca: same as the impact I think. stop by to try some on...
02-06-2010, 06:28 PM #8
mntlion: you actually have your hands on some? I fondled some at our on-snow but even offers of hookers'n'blow couldn't loose a pair for myself...
rick, thanks for the post. i haven't skied in the boot yet but I anxiously await it...very, very strong work.If you're a relatively moral, ethical person, there's no inherent drive to kiss ass and beg for forgiveness and promise to never do it again, which is what mostly goes on in church. -YetiMan
02-06-2010, 06:54 PM #9
nope: just a guess from reps, threads, etc.
02-06-2010, 09:03 PM #10
nevermind, im a moron, you were talking about trying on impacts. i can confirm the fit is impact like indeed.If you're a relatively moral, ethical person, there's no inherent drive to kiss ass and beg for forgiveness and promise to never do it again, which is what mostly goes on in church. -YetiMan
02-07-2010, 07:35 AM #11
Anyone "inside" at Salomon (Rick?) who can verify that the Quest shape is the same as, or at least really really similar to, any current Salomon alpine boot?
This would help a lot in terms of being able to try on the alpine version of the boot and see if it fits OK. My local shops don't stock much selection for AT boots, so it may be difficult to get to test-fit the Quest.
02-07-2010, 10:34 AM #12
Just got a pair of Quest Pro for my gf. She was in X-Wave 9 which fit her out of the box. On the quest she needed a couple of little punches. Skiing them for the first time today but I think she's already in love.
Thanks for stopping by skierrick.
Huck_Schmuck (a ripper - who's jealous of his gfs boots)i wish i never chose that user_name
02-07-2010, 10:00 PM #13
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02-08-2010, 10:30 AM #15
How does the Quest cuff height compare to the Impact? If it's lower, this could be a great boot for me.
02-08-2010, 10:33 AM #16
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02-08-2010, 10:57 AM #19
I wound up in Atomic Hawx boots this year, which are working pretty well for me, and have a much lower cuff than the Salomon.
02-09-2010, 06:22 PM #20
Love my Ghosts - gonna be hard to decide between next years Ghost & Quest 12 - may just have to get'em both!"If you are prepared for zombies, you are prepared for anything"
De Oppresso Liber
02-09-2010, 08:38 PM #21
Most boots are shaped like a pipe: straight down into the ankle. Legs and feet aren't shaped like that.
02-09-2010, 08:53 PM #22
I tried on a 25 and agree with everyone else
impact lower, nice walk mode, 2cmish lower cuff, lace up liner.
I think with a intuition liner (lighter / warmer) , and a WC plate in the front (to make it taller for me) it should be a nice option for me.
02-09-2010, 09:56 PM #23
^^^Do you still have the 25 in the store?It doesn't matter if you're a king or a little street sweeper...
...sooner or later you'll dance with the reaper
Kaz is my co-pilot
02-09-2010, 10:16 PM #24
02-10-2010, 06:40 AM #25
CA: nope, monods has them in stock... stop by to try some on.
without a footbed it felt large volume, might work for you?