Apologies for posting in an old thread, but I’ve just got back from St Anton and had a little look at the new Salomon Quests which have been mentioned above. They look really nice and really do seem to be a full on DH boot with genuine touring ability. There are 2 or 3 different models I think, I saw 2 in the shop, the Quest 120 is the stiffest, the Quest Pro is the pebax model and has a flex of 110 and is the lightest. Sadly I did not get to try them out, but my personal view is that the Pro is going to be the one to go for (I don’t like a really stiff boot anyway, so even if I were buying a pure DH boot I’d go for the same level of flex). So, as long as the Solomon fit suits your feet then it looks like you won’t need to choose between touring or DH boots… Of course there is a downside, these boots are not cheap and won’t suit everyone’s feet.
The boots I saw were early versions, according to the chap I spoke to in Jennewein’s Salomon are making a couple of modifications to the boot for next winter - the volume will be slightly lower as they are raising the footbed and the velcro powerband will be longer - apparently the early version wasn’t quite long enough if you had very beefy calves.
I couldn’t find anything on the Salomon website about the Quests, but a web search throws up a lot of results if you want to take a look: http://www.bing.com/search?q=Salomon+Quest+Pro
One very interesting rumour I read on the web is that Salomon are intending the get the Quest DIN certified *with* the rockered walking soles. You can already get DIN replacement toe and heel pieces which allow the boot to be used in DH bindings today, but if the boot could be used with the rocker sole in DH bindings that would be very interesting.
Also worth mentioning are the BD Factor, a nasty horrible green colour but a powerfull looking cross-over boot. Atomic are also be doing a crossover boot which will be similar to the Salomon (I assume they share a lot of R&D) but it looked stiffer and more aimed at occassional touring. The idea of a cross over boot really seems to be catching on, the guy in the shop said he expected to see more available next season too.