How the heck is it gear review time of the month again? This month it’s time to review my Hi-Tec boots. I had to buy a new pair of boots after my Karrimor Boots bit the dust (still in mourning, just sayin’) so I decided to throw caution into the wind and pick up a pair of Hi-Tecs. Plus, I hate shopping and was getting bored traipsing around the shops and these were the closest.
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Price 129 NZD
Composition Mesh and synthetic upper, fabric lining and insole, rubber sole
These bad boys have hiked the majority of my 52 hikes in 52 weeks with me and as such, have hiked in a variety of conditions.
- Traipsed through the snow. Knee deep. Sigh.
- Skipped through grassy fields. Literally
- Squelched through mud which let’s face it, is the majority of NZ hikes
- Jumped from rock to rock (not so gracefully, wearers fault, not boots fault)
- Been swimming in creeks. Again, the majority of NZ hikes has a water feature or two
- Pounded good ole dirt paths. The best kind of path.
- Crunched through leaf carpets. Possibly also kicked up autumn leaves in childish glee
- And a whole lot more
Hi-Tec Boots are super comfortable, though they aren’t the lightest boots on the shelf, they provide enough comfort that you don’t dread putting them on the next day for even more hiking. These puppies did a four day stretch along Lake Waikaremoana and not one blister or angry glare in the direction of the boots for having to wear them yet again. That’s a bonus in my eyes. Annnnd I didn’t have to break these in as they were comfy right out of the box.
From about hike 42 my boots started to show a bit of wear and tear. The sole started coming apart and I eventually had to get out my trusty gear aid aquaseal boot glue to do a bit of DIY repair work. Seriously, that shiz is magic.
As I came down Wharite Peak, the sole started catching under my feet and made me stumble a few times. This was not comforting as I was zooming down a rather steep hill. Though it would have made the trip down much faster.
On a side note: I repaired my boots with gear aid aquaseal boot glue and have since gone on about 4 hikes in them (including creek crossings and mud galore) and they are just like new (bar the smell). That glue is the shiz.
- A waterproof DRI-TECH membrane on the upper keeps out moisture, but still allows feet to breathe
- A moulded removable insole for use of own orthotics or sports insoles
- An Eyelet and Ghillie lacing system for a secure fit and added style
- Bellows tongue to keep out dust and stones
- Handy canvas pull-tab on the heel aids entry
- A steel shank for support and stability
- Cushioning and shock absorbing midsole
- Durable MDT (Multi Directional Traction) carbon rubber outsole
Hi-Tec Boot Pro’s
- Super comfy, no need to break ’em in
- The waterproof was waterproof
- Were comfortable on a range of terrain types
- Weren’t pink (a big plus for this gal. Why does all women’s gear have to come in pink?!)
Hi-Tec Boot Con’s
Due to the fact that they started to wear, I would suggest that these boots are more suited to beginner hikers who aren’t going to go as crazy as I did with mine. While they lasted many miles (at an estimate at the time of writing this I probably did around 500 miles in them), they still wore out faster than I would have liked.
- Slightly heavier than my last boots
- Didn’t last as long as hoped
If you are a beginner hiker and need an affordable, comfortable pair of boots, Hi-Tec boots are perfect. Remember to look after them properly and they will last you many a hike.
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