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I do a lot of walking including long hill walks in the Lake District. I bought my Hi tech walking boots about 2 years ago following some advice in an outdoor shop. I always thought Hi Tech made cheap trainers that no one wanted to be seen in at school and was surprised when the outdoor shop recommended them! I don't know the exact model of boots that I have but I do know that they have the Ion Mask technology which is supposed to repel water. The salesman demonstrated this to me in the shop. He showed me two pieces of cardboard; one normal and one that had been subject to Ion mask technology and the water did just glide off the latter. Anyway for about £80 which is relatively cheap for good walking boots I thought I'd give them a go.
I was initially amazed at how waterproof these boots were and also at how comfy they were- they didn't need any breaking in. Having had them for two years and done quite a lot of walking in them, I am thinking of replacing them because they're not waterproof anymore. They are, however, no worse than more expensive walking boots that I've owned at this stage in their life. I must point out that I don't really look after my boots. I was advised not to wax these boots even though they're leather due to the technology used. They continue to be very comfortable and this is why I haven't replaced them yet.
Overall I'm very impressed and it has definitely improved my view of Hi Tech.
As I like close to the Lake District but very rarely make the use of it I decided last year that I was going to make it my mission to take up walking and get out and explore the area some more. I bought all the walking equipment that I thought that I might need and have actually used it a few times now which for me is unusual as I get ideas in my head and never follow through with them. As far as I am concerned the most important thing to get if you are considering taking up any kind of serious walking is a decent pair of walking shoes or boots as you will end up regretting it if you scrimp and don't get a decent pair.
I bought my boots from a specialist outdoor clothing company and I paid £119.99 for them. They are from Hi Tech and the Sierra Lite style. The reason that I got them was because the man in the shop recommended them to me as I knew very little about hiking boots and after trying a few pairs on I decided that these ones were the most comfortable to wear.
The boots really look the part for hiking and although there is no way I would wear them with a pair of jeans to go up town with for walking they look rugged and as though they will withstand a lot of wear and tear.
The majority colours are black and grey although they do have splashes of orange which does help break them up. They aren't boots for fashion though and really have no place anywhere other than for hiking and serious walking.
The main material used in their construction is leather but it is coated with a mesh fabric and according to Hi Tech are coated in Nano technology to repel water. I have no idea what Nano technology actually is or does but the boots do actually do an amazing job at keeping my feet dry even when I have been wading through boggy areas and streams. My feet have stayed completely dry with the boots on even when I have been in water which is 4 or 5 inches deep.
The coating or material or whatever it actually is also does a good job at stopping mud and dirt from sticking to the boot. Don't expect to wade through mud and come back with the boots being clean but whenever I have worn them they have never been as dirty as I imagined they were going to be. They are also really easy to clean and the mud just brushes off when it is dry.
The top of the boot is rigid enough that it gives my ankles really good support even when I have stumbled a little and it has stopped me more than once from going over on my ankle and causing it some damage.
The sole is excellent for giving me traction and for not letting me slip and slide when going up hills and on wet rocks and paths. I can actually feel the boot sticking to the ground when I am on a wet path and I haven't yet slipped over with them on which is a minor miracle in itself considering just how clumsy I actually can be.
The most important thing for me when it came to buying these boots was comfort and they are extremely comfortable even after having had them on for hours at a time. I'm not going to lie and say that I haven't had a few blisters but after walking the amount I did I don't think any boots in the world were going to stop that. They do cushion my feet and the soles are thick enough that it doesn't matter how rough the terrain is I don't really feel any rocks or stones under my feet hurting my soles. The backs of the boots are also nice to wear as they don't rub and cause my skin to peel off on my heels or cause them to blister.
I would recommend that you go for a size larger than you normally are as they are a snug fit and when you put on thick socks you will be grateful for that little bit of extra room you have in them.
The boots are supposed to be lightweight but they are surprisingly heavy when you first put them on and I feel as though my feet are suddenly two sizes bigger which does take a bit of getting used to but after having them on for ten minutes or so I soon forget about that and it's not until I take them off again that I notice how heavy they are on my feet. I would rather they were heavier than lighter though as this is what makes them so good for walking and hiking as it is like having little tanks on my feet stopping anything from getting through and damaging them.
Overall these boots have been a great investment and one that I would heartily recommend to anyone looking to take up hiking. They are on the expensive side for a pair of shoes but completely worth every penny thanks to the comfort and support that they give me. If not for these I probably wouldn't have managed to get half as far as I have been and would have probably given up by now. Instead I am managing to go further each time and am seeing some amazing scenery that I have never seen before.
I needed a pair of reasonable quality hiking boots for a week long hike in the Swiss Alps, and was fast running out of time to purchase the boots, so I went to my local Army and Navy to see what they had. These boots were recommended to me (and since found out I could have got them significantly cheaper online, but never mind). I was a bit dubious, as from my research, a decent leather pair of boots seemed to cost nearer the £100 mark, but it appears price does not necessarily reflect quality!
Unlike most leather shoes, due to the amount of padding and flexibility of the leather, these boots do not need to be broken in at all. You could quite literally take them out of the box and off you go. I would only recommend that you clean them with a waterproofing gel before use.
After 7 days of constant hiking, I did not have a single blister on my feet, and my feet never felt sore or achey at the end of a day.
No noticeable wear and tear after the 7 days. The boots were easy to clean when I came back home, and now look as good as new. The waterproof seal on the tongue of the boots is an added bonus, and means water can't sneak in to the boots that way.
The only problem is that if the boots do get wet (a torrential downpour can do that!), they seem to take aaaaaages to dry out.
A good all rounder boot, although not suitable for ice and heavy snow. They seemed to manage most other terrain, including light snow, small glaciers and wading through streams. They also gripped well going downhill over loose shingle. Short of mountaineering or extreme terrain, these boots should be suitable for all hiking needs.
I bought my Hi-Tech Altitude Lite hiking boots about three months ago now for a reduced price of £24.00, normally they retail between £30 - £45 depending where you buy them. Also to note my are a size 4 so the come under the junior section.
My boots were bought for the reason of walking my two dogs. After a couple of years of trainers in the summer and wellies in the winter, which really were not up to the job, I read a review by Dooyoo member Randal on walking boots and decided that was what I needed.
Hi-Tech are an international company formed in 1974 in England, which I wasn't actually aware of until writing this review and looking on there website www.hi-tech.com
They make numerous brands of walking and hiking boots, shoes and sandals, but also make a wide selection of sports trainers, which is where I first came across them some years ago.
**WHERE TO BUY**
My boots were bought from a camping store and in most camping stores both shops and online you will find the hi-tech range. They are also available on sites such as Amazon and eBay.
Mine are navy and grey but they also come in plum and navy.
The upper - waterproof, now this is essential for me and I have to admit I was a little dubious as to whether they really would be. They live up to the name I have been out in numerous downpours for hours (aaahh) and not a single drop has hit my socks, I have to say I am very impressed. The upper is made from suede leather, which covers most part but there are patches in the design which are a fabric webbing type affair. This makes the product look like it has a proper design and is quite nice for a walking boot.
The laces are attached through small rustproof brass mini D rings which have been both durable so far and makes your boot feel secure when you tighten the laces.
The sole is made from carbon rubber for durability and traction, quite thick and has a good tread on them.
Having never worn walking/hiking boots before I was initially very surprised at how light they were, I know they are called "lite" but they look quite heavy. Walking in them took a brief amount of time to get used too, they gave me a little spring in my step, possible due to the fact I was used to wearing flat wellies and trainers where these boots have a small arch to fit the natural arch in your foot.
Now I was expecting to get some blisters, especially as my supposed break in of them a ten minute walk with the dogs, ended up with a two hour one. I had one slight rubbed area on my ankle bone - that was it! And further more nothing since. If only all shoes were like that.
I have worn them in all weather conditions apart from hot sun.
They have coped very well with wet , snow and mud, the only slight issue is you still have to be slightly careful on wet rocks which are not flat. It is not that I have fell over but they do give slightly under foot, but in no comparison to they ways my previous footwear has - so in all I am pleased.
When you do return from your walks with muddy wet boots, I generally just stick them in front of the radiator for a few hours then when dry brush off the excess mud. I am not particularly a shoe cleaning fanatic but this works and they are only going to get muddy again.
They look quite good in my opinion for a walking boot, resembling a hi top trainer but more sturdy and would be suitable for men, women and children.
A very good starter boot for those interested in walking, especially being so competitively priced.
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I recently bought the Hi tech hiking boots for a geology field study residential trip to the Isle of Arran in Scotland, which I have to say is extremely beautiful. During the trip I walked over very uneven roads, slippery coastal terrain, uphill and down hill walks and walking for about 6/7 hours to the geology field site, which is quite hard work. The boots performed extremely well under the circumstances!
I was quite surprised by them as they were not very expensive as many hiking/walking boots can reach about £200+ so at about £50 - 60 they were amazing! They are waterproof which is essential, they are very durable - when I returned home, they were full of mud but when cleaned they looked relatively new. They are really comfortable to walk even for long distances and on uneven terrain and they are breathable, so your feet don't feel trapped. They griped the slippery rocks at north Sannox coast really well and I didnt fall once! They also come in a range of colours, for example, purple or black. They have adult sizes and they also have kids and junior sizes.
Thank you for reading my review, I hope it was helpful! Happy hiking :D