Hi-Tec Sports, founded in 1974, is one of the most popular Netherland's producers and distributors of sportswear and accessories. In 2012, Hi-Tec received the Best Buy Walking Boot award. A year later, their ZUUK shoe was awarded as Footwear Product of the Year.
Today, we are reviewing one of their popular Hi-Tec boots, the Hi-Tec Men's Altitude Lite I Waterproof Hiking Boot. Although it's not made for the most serious hikers, it provides a good ratio of price to quality. Let's see what it has to offer.
Hi-Tec Men's Altitude Lite I Waterproof Hiking Boot
Altitude Lite I is one of the most popular Hiking boots made by Hi-Tec Sports. It's mainly used for hiking and long-distance walks, but can also be used as everyday footwear. It is being sold in three different color combinations, and besides looking quite attractive, this boot is also suitable for colder conditions.
The cushioned midsole provides all-day comfort, and the i-shield treatment keeps the shoes clean and dry even in colder, dirtier, rougher conditions.
Who is this product for?
This product is mainly for people who like hiking, but due to the comfort and design, these boots can also be used as everyday footwear. It should be mentioned that this boot is not top quality compared to other hiking boots, and might not be the best solution if you go hiking very often.
On the other hand, if you go hiking from time to time, or want comfortable everyday footwear, it is an excellent product for you. You should also note that while the boot looks like it's made for winter walks, it doesn't stand up to winter very well. Therefore, it might not be the best solution if you are are a winter hiker.
You get a pair of boots in the package, with no special items or accessories. It's packed pretty well, and the box will prevent any possible damage to the shoes during transport.
Overview of features
These boots have some great features which make them stand out from the crowd of other hiking boots that can be found at a similar price. At first, it's 100% leather and fabric, with comfortable, synthetic sole. It is an ankle-high hiking boot with mesh and suede featuring the i-Shield waterproof construction.
Other great features include multi-directional traction MDT rubber sole, OrthoLite impressions insole, and a pretty reasonable price.
On the other hand, many hikers who own this boot have complained about a few things that should be mentioned. At first, it seems that the toe box area is overly roomy, which might feel a bit awkward while walking.
Also, the boots look a lot like winter boots, although the boots are not made primarily for winter hiking. Some hikers even state that the boots lasted less than three months.
How to get the most out of it
Since this boot seems to have an overly roomy toe box area, you might think about adding a set of arch supports on top of the factory insoles. Also, it seems that boots are not TOP quality. If you buy them, you might not want to force them immensely, or they might not last too long.
- The boots are waterproof
- The price is very reasonable
- Sold in 3 nice-looking color combinations
- Very comfortable
- 100% leather and fabric
- It seems that it's not top quality
- Too big toe area which might feel awkward
If there is any reason that you might not want to consider this boot, we are providing you with a few great alternatives, for a similar price and good quality.
Athletic Trail Climbing Sneakers
This pair is an excellent alternative. They are cheap, very nice looking, comfortable, and durable. Besides being skid-resistant, it also has tear-resistant pig leather on top, with breathable honeycomb mesh. It also keeps the shoes dry all the time.
Hi-Tec Altitude VI Waterproof Hiking Boot
On the other hand, you might consider these Altitude hiking boots, also made by Hi-Tec. It's a little bit more expensive and has an entirely different, army-like design. Full-grain leather makes the boot waterproof, comfortable, and durable. It also has a compression-molded EVA impact-absorbing midsole.
These two boots are pretty good alternatives, and you won't be making a mistake if you buy any of either of these.
Hi-Tec Men's Altitude Lite I Hiking boots are not top-quality boots. If you often go hiking, especially over rough terrains, you might consider aiming for different boot. On the other hand, if you don't go hiking often, this boot might be a perfect solution for you.
Compared to other hiking boots, this boot is not costly at all. Also, it provides pretty good quality for the actual price. They are not perfect quality compared to similar boots, but considering the price, the Altitude Lite I boot is a pretty decent hiking boot.