Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Ultra WPi
'Ultra' is probably not the best descriptor for this…
Source: bought it new
'Ultra' is probably not the best descriptor for this boot.
- Excellent fit
- very good Vibram outsole
- rubber toe cap separates
- not "waterproof"
- poor outer finish
While we all need to acknowledge that there is no truly/waterproof boot (unless we go to 'rubber'), this boot with the eVent process hype is much less than advertised. This boot has a 'film' on the outer surface of the leather that wears off very quickly and allows water to permeate the leather just as with any other lightly or untreated leather.
I suspect it can be treated with Nik, Snowseal, etc but I haven't got around to that yet. The rubber toe cap is starting to separate from the rest of the boot and becomes a reservoir for water to enter. I hypothesize that the eVent in the leather prevents good adhesion with the glue for the toe cap.
The fit is 'classic' Hi-tec (the reason I got this boot); roomy, wide at the toe, and somewhat narrow at the heel for people whose feet look like diving fins (like mine).
I have had these Ultras for about 9 months and have worn them with my snowshoes and in the rain and have had them soaked right through in both cases. There is room inside the boot for a pair of Sealskin socks which is what I will take with me the next time I'm in wet conditions.
The Vibram outsole does not disappoint — it is grippy on dry and wet rocks and logs.
I'm writing this as my crinkled up wet feet recover…
Price Paid: $180.00 AU
I'm writing this as my crinkled up wet feet recover from another day in Hi-Tech boots. And all this from simply walking on wet ground...NOTHING MORE! No puddles, no creek crossing....just boring ol' wet ground.
They're crap and the company should be ashamed of themselves for charging $180 for them.
These boots are absolutely rubbish. They leak where…
Price Paid: £95
These boots are absolutely rubbish. They leak where the seam is stitched to the tongue and so do my husband's. Even walking across wet grass gets your feet soaked. Read some other web-site reviews...They're crap. Reasonably comfy tho'.
Here's what other sites are saying:
A full featured hiking boot that offers great lightweight, waterproof protection, the Hi-Tec Altitude Ultra Waterproof Hiking Boot for Men will keep you dry and comfortable on day hikes and overnight camping adventures and extended stays in the backcountry.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version
Description Of Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Ultra WPi BootsThe Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Ultra WPi Hiking Boots navigate the thick, thin, and everything in between. These Hi-Tec hiking boots and their waterproof full-grain leather, VIBRAM outsole, and Ion-Mask Hydro-Management technology provides superior protection and control for the trail bound outdoor enthusiast. FeaturesWaterproof nubuck leather upperion-mask hydro-management technologyFully gusseted leather tongueSoft padded leather collarMoisture-wicking liningRustproof hardwareStabila-Flex contoured bi-fit board for support without the weightLightweight compression-molded EVA midsoleExclusive Vibram outsoleComfort-Tec contoured sockliner
- US Outdoor Store refers to the men's version
Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Ultra WPi Hiking Shoes for Men - Dark Chocolate/Light TaupeWhen it comes to hiking there is one thing hikers are very aware of, and that is, many long hours of walking, over difficult terrain, for many endless miles. The beauty of hiking is, that you can go practically anywhere and there are no barriers. That s why hikers have been relying on the Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Ultra WPi Hiking Shoes for Men - Dark Chocolate/Light Taupe. This shoe has something for everyone whether you're a part-time walker or an avid enthusiast. These shoes are made of waterproof full-grain leather upper and have a fully gusseted leather tongue. The outsole is exclusive Vibram rubber, which is tough and insulated. So go ahead, get out there and enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors with the Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Ultra WPi Hiking Shoes for Men - Dark Chocolate/Light Taupe.
- SunnySports refers to the men's version
CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO The Hi-Tec Women's V-Lite Altitude Boot is an excellent value in a lightweight, highly breathable, well-cushioned package. Durable nubuck leather upper, lightweight EVA midsole, and Vibram outsole make this boot perform well on and off the trail. Women's-specific last for superior fit and performance.Waterproof nubuck leather upper.Ion-Mask waterproof technology.Fully gusseted leather tongue.Soft padded leather collar.Moisture-wicking lining.Rustproof hardware.Stabila-Flex contoured bi-fit board offers support without the weight. Lightweight compression-molded EVA midsole.Exclusive Vibram outsole.Comfort-Tec contoured sockliner.
- Campmor refers to the men's version