User Review: Hi-Tec Men's Altitude IV WP
Use: backpacking, dayhiking, hillclimbing, shallow crossings, wet weather
Break-in Period: 3 miles
Price Paid: $80
These boots are incredible. I'd say I've put around 150 miles on them, with several dayhikes each week and at least one multi-day backpacking trip each month, since I've owned these.
They may not have Vibrams soles or be Gore-Tex, but they keep the water out and I have not had a single blister. I've crossed streams and been caught in rainstorms, but my feet have never gotten wet. If they failed tomorrow, I would still rate them highly, as I feel I have gotten more than my money's worth already.
It took less than a week to break them in, doing short hikes after work. I'm in decent shape, in my early 20s, and have never had any joint problems, so I can't speak on how they might affect someone with joint issues, but I will say that even with a 30-pound pack I have no problem hiking 12 miles in a day, wearing these boots. I even opted for a pair of Hi-Tec Owaka sandals when I was shopping for camp/boat shoes, namely because of the positive experience I've had with my Altitude IV's.
In short, these boots may not satisfy someone accustomed to a pair of Asolos, but if you're on a budget, these will surely satisfy.