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Reviewers Paid: $60.00
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I bought the Hi-Tech hikers for a trip to Canada and for a second pair of all season radials. I didn't want to pay over $100.00 for a pair of boots. I chose these because they looked good and they had the speed lace, padded toung, tread pattern and tread thickness that I was looking for.
They are a cool rustic brown color with heavy stiching around the rivets and heel. The laces are typical nylon braid that are long enough to trim if the need arises for a 3-4 inch cord. (I wrap them around one time and then tie off, makes for added support too...) The laceing eyelets are double riveted at the stress points which I liked right away. Break in was about 3 days to one week, no blisters or chaffing. Basically got them good and mucked-up the first day, they were comfortable right out of the store. The boots come up to my ankle rather nicley placed, my jeans fit over them without looking like bell bottoms. Waterproofness has been very good, but I have not sunk them yet.The only bitch is they could use a lace tie in the tounge, it likes to wiggle itself off to one side or another.(but then again I don't lace them all the way to the top...) Otherwise they have been well worth the $60 I paid.
I personally stayed away from HI-TEC brand boots because I always thought they were overpriced for the quality, and Im sure the boots that run into the $100.00's are nicer, hell, it's America, you get what you pay for in ALL aspects, but for $60.00 I have many more miles on these and am quite impressed with the boots. The best I have ever owned.
Materials: Leather (nubuck?)
Use: General to heavy
Break-in Period: 1 week
Weight: about 1 lb.(estimate)
Price Paid: $60