passthesteeze.I have gone to a boot fitter and this is one boot he has fit me for. i have a weird foot so no matter what i do I'm going to have to have some stuff worked on.
I had the quest 120, which were great, but the shells broke when I was taking the liners out after a super cold day, then I got the new quest max 130.
The flex is pretty progressive, which I really like. A 4 buckle design would be nice, but also heavier, and the 3 buckle with a booster strap is good enough for me. The fit of the Max series is slightly narrower than the standard quest and has a heat mold-able shell, which defiantly negates the lack of an extra buckle in my opinion.
I haven't toured, but the walk mode has been really great on long bootpacks and is much burlier than the design of the standard quest, however the switch is a little fiddly for bulky mittens.
However one gripe I have is that they can be insanely hard to get in to, especially on cold days. Mine are quite a tight shell fit, but I have heard the same issue from some of my friends who also have quests, but they are all big fans of the performance otherwise.
Overall I think that if you are looking at these as a powerful freeride touring boot and they fit you well, I'd go for them. Three buckles really isn't much of a concern in my opinion, especially if you are touring.
If you don't eat your meat, you cant have any pudding!
How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?