Materials: Vibram rubber outsole, EVA midsole, breathable mesh & PU upper
Use: general purpose/light trail
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $50 (Canadian)
Every once in awhile someone writes a glowing review about a great new shoe. Consumers flock to the stores to buy, and salespeople capitalize on the increased demand by raising the price to ten times what the shoe is worth. Shoe manufacturers will notice this and flood the market with mass quantities of similar but generally inferior products.
All of which, of course, has nothing to do with the Hi-Tec Vector. This shoe is built with a Vibram rubber outsole, an EVA midsole, and a breathable mesh and PU upper. At $50 the Vector serves very well as a general purpose/trail shoe. It is neither a status symbol nor top of the line footwear, but it is a durable comfortable shoe all the same. Best suited to a dry, hot climate.
Use: Rough trail, light pack.
Break-in Period: Short- less than a week.
Weight: 11 oz. per shoe
Price Paid: $50
I unfortunately bought this item a half size too large. I was hoping swollen feet and thick socks would take up the slack. I was wrong, they simply run large. Make sure if you're ordering these over the net that you go a half-size down from your norm.
Aside from that small qualm these shoes are exceptional. They are extremely lightweight and at the same time feel well built and robust. Their traction on wet rock is miserable; superb in the dry. They are NOT indoor shoes. Linoleum is a no-no. These shoes love loose terrain. They are not particularly adept at technical climbing as they provide virtually no lateral stability. Any off-camber terrain will have your ankles crying. For jagged rocks and mud they excel but they are NOT waterproof. They are water resistant but sink your foot into a deep puddle more than once and you'll pay for it. They breathe fairly well and are very incredibly comfortable... more so than 90% of the hiking sneaker/boots I've tried.
Which brings me to the next issue... these are hybird trail shoes. They're not quite sneakers and they're not quite hiking shoes. They work great though and you can find them for about $40 now. I'm picking up a backup pair in the right size because they're a good deal... even when they were $80.
Where to Buy
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Great deal on a lightweight, flexible trail runner from Hi-Tec. The Vector offers a compression molded EVA midsole for excellent cushion as well a Vibram outsole for durability. Lightweight PU nubuck upper with breathable mesh underlay Distinctive quarter heat seal overlay Perforated tongue foam for enhanced breathability Molded TPU heel pull-tab Soft lycra heel insert for comfort Removeable sockliner Strobel construction for greater flexibility Lightweight compression moulded EVA midsole Lightweight Vibram rubber outsole.
The Hi-Tec Vector hiking shoe is an aggressive but lightweight low-cut hiker that'll take on the trails with speed and precision. Whether you're out for a fast-paced day hike or attempting to run a gnarly alpine section of trail, the Vector protects your feet and provides the performance you demand. The Vibram rubber outsole provides superior traction while the EVA midsole offers a cushy ride. The breathable upper keeps your feet cool all summer, and the removable sockliner lets you air out your kicks when you get back from your grueling day.
- Backcountry Outlet
The Hi-Tec Vector Low hiking shoe for men showcases a lightweight Vibram rubber outsole which delivers excpetional traction and durability. Strobel construction promotes flexibility, while the soft Lycra heel insert offers comfort. The compression-molded EVA midsole provides lightweight cushioning and the perforated tongue foam enhances breathability for all day comfort.
- FogDog Sports