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Toasty Toes & Dry Tootsies All Day Long
on 27 January 2014
I bought these as I regularly work outside and in the winter and have to stand for hours on end on cold, wet concrete, often in the rain. After only and hour or so with my normal shoes or boots and 2 pairs of socks I generally end up with wet shoes and freezing toes to match my fingers, ears and nose. Not any more though...
I've worn these 4 or 5 times now. I'm a size 8 normally and bought a size 8 in this boot and they were a perfect fit. I generally wear 2 pairs of socks with them, a trainer or thin sock with a thermal or walking sock over the top and there are no issues with size.
Every time I've worn these they have kept my feet warm and dry all day long with no issues no matter how heavy the rain or cold the ground underfoot. These boots are extremely comfortable to wear and walk in and although they are quite chunky I've taken to wearing them at a weekend with my jeans for pottering about in too as they are pretty smart looking.
I haven't tested them to the extremes yet with a full off-road wet grass and mud trekking experience (as i don't want to get the dirty sadly) so cant vouch for their capabilities as a full-on hiking boot. However they have a chunky vibram rubber sole with great grip and while being quite lightweight they look and feel well built and heavy duty, so my gut feeling is that they will perform well.
I did quite a lot of research before plumping for these and although the boots generally got good reviews I was initially quite skeptical due to;
a) The brand - back in the 80's Hi-Tec weren't necessarily know for quality hiking boots; and
b) The price - they were pretty much towards the lower end of what you could pay for a walking boot when compared to the likes of Berghaus, Merrel etc.
I'm a believer in you get what you pay for, but for the relatively low price (comparatively speaking) and for my requirements I am more than happy with my purchase and would recommend these boots.