I love my Merrell's...I have not had a pair I didn't like. I'm on my second pair of Ventilators and need to replace my Goretex MOAB's now as well. Anything Merrell fits me like a glove in 11.5, but they simply aren't a to-hell-and-back shoe my Salomon's are. Don't get me wrong, I wear the piss out of my 2x MOAB's so it was inevitable and they've been all over the country. Shoes are perishable...but some more than others.
Salomon's have been hit or miss for me. The Quest 4D's have been stellar so long as it's not too hot. However, I have noticed that my older gen boots feel just a little better than the newer gen/Forces model if I'm going to get nitpicky. I even went through the hassle of getting a duplicate old gen pair in my size from across the pond I like my old Salomon's so much.
The GTX's were another story. It seems that 1/2 of the Salomon models I've tried feel great, the other half pinch, poke or hurt my feet some how.
To clarify..."Promotive" became "Experticity" which became "Expert voice". Be aware there are deals to be had there (Merrell is usually one worth it) but do shop around before pulling the trigger. I know the Merrell program won't take returns.