User Review: Hi-Tec Men's Altitude IV WP
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $59
I give this boot 5 stars for comfort. They are totally waterproof with an occasional Nikwax application. Just this summer my weathered 3-year-old pair has done the Lost Coast, the JMT and been to Alaska. No blisters and just enough support when you add an insert - I use Superfeet and suffer from plantar fasciatus so comfort is important.
They look like crap and are full of shoe goo but are still waterproof. I have used many very expensive boots and these are the 1st to give me blister free hiking. A pair of Montrails at twice the price were the closest thing I've ever had that didn't kill my feet but they still gave me blisters.
I'm a gear snob but swear by these boots and this will be my boot of choice as long as they make them. They wear out a little fast but so what - they are cheap.
I took 2 kids last summer on a 50 mile JMT hike last summer, including the summit of Whitney. Bought them these boots which they wore out of the box and were blister free and they enjoyed walking through streams while keeping their feet dry. I'm buying a new pair since my 3 year old ones are falling apart now.