User Review: Hi-Tec Men's Altitude IV WP
Materials: synthetic leather
Use: all around
Break-in Period: about 10 miles
Price Paid: $70
I walk on the average 2.5 miles a day during the week, come rain or shine. I hike upwards 14 miles on any given weekend come rain or shine. I get out backpacking one weekend a month. So, I can put a few miles on a boot.
These boots... they hugged my feet and performed pretty well at holding them in place going uphill and down, they also held on to slippery rocks okay. When one lives in western PA, this is important because there is/are a lot of hills and rain. Kept my feet from getting soaked, but not waterproof so wear wool.
But. It is the middle of July 2009. The soft durometer rubber is worn of parts of the sole making them slippery. The toe (sole) of my right boot is torn away from the upper about 1/3 of the way back. I have cleaned and waterproofed these boots, but they look like they have gone through hell.
I bought these boots at the end of February 2009. Essentially, I wore these out in 5.5 months. In the end, I would say these are a great boot for the weekend hiker, but will not stand up to the test of time and rigor.
I know... I should have known. One gets what they pay for.