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Hi-Tec Borah Peak Waterproof, Women's Hiking Boots
- Suitable for light hiking and walking
- Outer Material: Leather Nubuck
- Inner Material: Textile
- Sole: EVA
- Closure: Lace-Up
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Although listed as waterproof I have found that many of the boots with the 'mesh' panels get soaking wet just walking through long grass, and as I don't like squelchy feet I wanted something that did not have mesh panels low down on the side of the boot, or across the front of the foot. These seemed to fit the bill. I have had hi-tec boots before and found them to be very comfortable, so i was fairly confident.
I read a couple of the reviews which mentioned they come up a bit small- I'm normally a 5 1/2 - 6, so ordered uk size 7. They fit quite snugly. I wouldn't say they are too small, but certainly not as roomy as other boots I've had in equivalent or smaller sizes. The toe end is not overly wide, and the suede/nubuck material is quite stiff. They are also a bit stiff around the ankle; they have a thick and wide tongue, and the ankle sits quite high, so it's difficult to lace them snugly. They feel a little heavy and clumpy compared to my old ones.
Had i tried them on in a shop i would likely not have bought them. Then again I would probably have ended up paying 4 times the price for something else.
I have worn them every day in the week or so I've had them and they are good enough that I am happy to keep them and wear them, and hope they soften up a bit. They are the cheapest pair of walking boots I think I've ever bought (apart from my best pair ever- a bargain in an army surplus store that lasted me nearly 10 years!) and I don't think the ones I've bought at 4 times the price were necessarily 4 times better. These are not uncomfortable, do not rub, and so far have kept my feet cosy and dry!
So why have I purchased a 2nd pair of these?
Not just as for a smaller size but because these are good boots, I had my first pair since June 2014 and they are just about to be binned. They have been completely waterproof for the start (yes I have re-sprayed), the feel heavy to pick up but they are sturdy and have seen me through the Hadrians Wall trail, most of the Coastal Path, Lake District hills, Yorkshire Dales, 26mile challenge walks, peat bogs, marshes and the occasional dog walk and only now the insides are starting to come away.
I have high hopes for my new size 6 pair.
I can only recommend that you buy your own size and try them with your usual walking socks and see.
They are light, rugged and perfect for tackling various types of terrain. These waterproof boots are great for all weather and are a perfect choice when going on hikes or even a short stroll.
My only critique would be that these boots have taken a while to break in. My wife reported that they have rubbed quite a bit and at times can be a little uncomfortable. This may be due to fitting, I am unsure.
However overall, they have been great.