Hi-Tec Altitude V Waterproof for Women
When I first saw the Hi-Tec Altitude V Waterproof for women online, I was immediately intrigued by the waterproof full grain leather boot and what appeared to be a solid support system for the wearer’s ankles. Being that I typically carry my 2 year old (~28 pounds) in a backpack while hiking, I need boots that can handle the weight while helping my ankles and body stay happy. So I was understandably excited when they arrived on my doorstep for me to test out. But, my excitement faded a bit when I saw that the size on the box was a half to full size smaller than I normally buy. Typically I wear an 8.5 or potentially an 8 if it is a bit wider. The Hi-Tec Altitude V Waterproof for women in my hands was a size 7.5. I went to get my typical hiking socks that I use in the summer and then sat down to try on the boots. Miraculously, they fit like a glove! If I am ordering shoes online, I tend to use my European size since it tends to lead to a more accurate shoe size across brands. I am glad that I did the same with Hi-Tec as I never would have thought a 7.5 would be the right size for me.
Once I had the Hi-Tec Altitude V Waterproof for women on my feet and laced up, I was immediately impressed by how robust they felt while still being lightweight. The Women’s 7.5s that I have weigh 2 pounds 3 ounces per pair (including the mud in the soles). The waterproof, full grain leather really gives it a high end feel despite their very reasonable MSRP of $99.99. The upper is also waterproof thanks to i-Shield™ hydrophobic technology, which is one of Hi-Tec‘s own inventions. It basically creates an invisible layer that helps to repel liquid from the leather and keeps it cleaner and stain-free. So, if you get the Hi-Tec Altitude V Waterproof for women to the point that other people can see how much fun you’ve been having then you have done a lot! Take it from me that I’m not kidding. Since I received them, I’ve already taken them out on several muddy trails and they look like new once the mud dries and is dusted off.
Now lets look at the rest of the outside of the Hi-Tec Altitude V Waterproof for women. The lacing system on the Hi-Tec Altitude V Waterproof for women is fairly standard, but features Rustproof metal hardware that means they’ll keep going for years to come and won’t break without serious amounts of effort. The bottom has a “Multi-Directional Traction (MDT), rugged rubber outsole” (source) which has proven to give me enough traction, even when carrying my daughter on my back, to not make me think twice. And I can be pretty tentative when I am carrying her! The sole itself has a “compression molded EVA, impact absorbing midsole” to provide long lasting support.
As for the inside of the Hi-Tec Altitude V Waterproof for women, the design is really specialized for women’s feet and is not just a scaled down version of the men’s version. I like that! I find that men’s boots never fit quite right, but Hi-Tec really made this version from the ground up for women. The lining of the boot is made of a “OrthoLite ® sockliner deliver[ing] instant cushioning, anti-odor and anti-microbial properties for all day comfort (source). Basically, it’s meant to help my feet not stink! And, if I’m putting on flip flops for the drive home, I’ll definitely appreciate that.
Overall, I am really surprised by how much I like the Hi-Tec Altitude V Waterproof for women since the price is so reasonable. I’ve already taken them out on a few trails and they look like new still. My ankles have been well supported, my feet have stayed dry so far, and they’ve managed to provide enough traction to keep me upright. Stay tuned to hear how they put up with my abuse and my two year old start bagging some peaks in the next few weeks!
This past weekend I took the Hi-Tec Altitude V Waterproof for women to Acadia National Park to hike Penobscot and Sargent Mountains. The trails are comprised on really rough granite, which can easily do in a pair of boot. But the Hi-Tec Altitude V Waterproof for women managed to support my ankles, kept my feet firmly planted on the trail (even when on a ledge trail), and my feet weren’t hot at all! For something totally different, I recorded a short YouTube video from near the summit of Sargent Mountain to talk to you about what I like about the Hi-Tec Altitude V Waterproof for women and what I think could be done to make it better. If you don’t see it below, click here to go to the YouTube page.