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Scrambler Mid
Scrambler Mid Posted: 8/27/15
Reviewer: Doug Nelson from Portland, Oregon
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

First of all the most important review I could give you has to do with your customer service with the online live chat. The person helping me was named Krista and she was awesome. She went above and beyond and was very fun to talk with. I like the boots. They are comfortable and so far have proven durable on the trails.

Skamania Waterproof
Skamania Waterproof Posted: 8/18/15
Reviewer: Ron from southern Arizona
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

My second pair of Hi-Tec hiking boots both purchased from Zappos. The Zappos warehouse is near my parent's house in Louisville, Ky. where I grew up. I ordered the same 11.5 size and they fit perfectly. My old boots still have very good uppers, it's the soles that finally wore down. I will order another pair when the time comes.

V-Lite Walk-Lite Wallen
V-Lite Walk-Lite Wallen Posted: 8/14/15
Reviewer: Brian from California
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Very nice shoe, I really like the styling and super light. However, runs a size small and narrow, so my feet are always being squeezed. Order a half to full size larger and you will probably be happy with these.

V-Lite Rio Quest I
V-Lite Rio Quest I Posted: 8/14/15
Reviewer: PGM from Atlanta
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

Very disappointed and surprised to have a Vibram sole delaminate so quickly...2 days. I wear these to work daily. It took two days before the blue insert on the bottom of the shoe to start coming apart from the white part of the sole. First the part at the heel. Then the sides of the forefoot also started to separate.

Altitude Lite I-Shield Waterproof
Altitude Lite I-Shield Waterproof Posted: 8/5/15
Reviewer: from North Carolina
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I am a true size 10 in flats but 10 1/2 in athletic shoes. These size 10 fit perfect...and don't make my feet look big.

Laguna Strap
Laguna Strap Posted: 8/2/15
Reviewer: Kesher from Seattle
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Pros: Good for the price point. Generally comfortable and lightweight. Coms: Materials aren't high quality. The tabs on each strap are poorly positioned and don't work well. Pinky-toe area seems too far forward for my foot shape and rubbed.

V-Lite Walk-Lite Wallen
V-Lite Walk-Lite Wallen Posted: 7/26/15
Reviewer: Louis Vest from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought these to work and walk in. They are good looking and above all comfortable. They weigh about half as much as other walking shoes I've had. On hikes I walk 10-15 miles a day. Thats about 22,000 steps for 10 miles. Every ounce adds up to 1,300 pounds by the end of the day. If your footwear is 6 ounces lighter you have saved yourself a lot of pain. I also find that for some reason the soles of regular hiking shoes are made of a hard rubber that gives poor traction over wet rocks or metal. I do a lot of hiking and my shoes never wear out on the bottom - it's always somewhere else that gives out first. I'd rather have the traction than whatever benefit might come from the hard soles.

Bandera Mid WP
Bandera Mid WP Posted: 7/16/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I've been wearing hi-tec boots daily for 3 or 4 years. I have an active job and spend a lot of time on my feet. This brand has proved both durable and comfortable in all kinds of weather conditions. Having said that, I am extremely disappointed in this latest pair. They felt pretty normal the first day I had them. However, after about a week of daily use, they became so uncomfortable that I thought the soles were defective. Zappos promptly replaced them. (Their customer service is truly outstanding.) Unfortunately, the new pair are just as bad as the old ones. I've come to the conclusion that the sole is just not sturdy enough to accommodate the aggressive tread on these boots. Once the sole starts to break in and become pliable, you can feel the tread right through it. On soft surfaces (turf, loose soil, etc), they'd probably be okay. On any kind of firm surface, (packed dirt, concrete, gravel) these are hands down the most uncomfortable boots I've ever worn.

Waimea Falls
Waimea Falls Posted: 7/16/15
Reviewer: from Santa Monica, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I looked high and low for a comfortable sandal/shoe appropriate for office casual attire and walking on my lunch hour. It's good almost all year round in So. California. I'm sad on cold days when I have to wear shoes instead. I have them in 2 colors now, but will get the others that are available also. Walk on.

Penrith Low Waterproof
Penrith Low Waterproof Posted: 7/12/15
Reviewer: Anne Golembeski from New Mexico
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I ordered three pairs of hiking shoes, this pair and two by Montrail. The Montrail shoes were slighting lighter but this shoe fit like a glove. I like the way it looks and the fact that it's waterproof. I tested it and in fact, water rolled off. I have only just begun to break them in but so far they are so comfortable and easy to move in. The soles give good traction. I'll be hiking in Scotland in these. I'm not sure I'd use them for serious mountain work for but moderate hiking they seem perfect. The insoles are nicely padded and they don't pinch or squeeze. There's good arch support. Considering these were about $60 cheaper than the Montrails I am very satisfied. I give them five stars for the intermediate hiker.

Altitude IV
Altitude IV Posted: 7/9/15
Reviewer: Lawrence C. Hatcher from Temple Hills, Maryland
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I received my Hi-Techs today and it was love at first fit! Years ago I had bought some NorthFace boots that were good but slightly too long, so I would occasionally trip when walking but they were comfortable enough that I wanted more hiking boots so I bought some Merrells. I never cared much for them because they hurt and they wore out in less time than my North Face boots. So I was going to buy some more North Face but they did not have my size so I opted for these Hi-Techs and they are an excellent choice. They are everything that I wanted in all around rugged hikers. They are light on my feet but tough enough to be up to the challenge and comfortable. Of course Zappos' customer care remains tops and I really appreciate the patient assistance that I received.

Cooper Low Waterproof
Cooper Low Waterproof Posted: 7/7/15
Reviewer: Chris from Connecticut
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Very pleased with my purchase. The delivery was timely and the shoes are exactly what I expected. I am on my feet all day. Wearing these shoes makes the day more comfortable. The design and look also makes these shoes a "functional while appropriate" look. I would definitely buy another pair.

Altitude Lite I-Shield Waterproof
Altitude Lite I-Shield Waterproof Posted: 7/1/15
Reviewer: from Duke, North Carolina
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Sturdy, nice looking, really helping me with both hiking and working in the yard when it is muddy - I wanted to meet those two goals, and these boots did it!

Laguna Strap
Laguna Strap Posted: 6/29/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Bought a pair of these 3 years ago and have worn them constantly. Lots of miles on pavement, mud and rain. One of the back straps JUST separated from the sole last week. I'm buying a new pair - maybe TWO, just in case they decide to stop making them (which ALWAYS seems to happen when I find a shoe I love).

Penrith Mid Waterproof
Penrith Mid Waterproof Posted: 6/23/15
Reviewer: Elisa Lewis from Camden, ME
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Unfortunately, I found out the hard way that these are not waterproof as specified. They are light weight and comfortable, but my feet (and the boots) were soaked after being caught in a quick rain storm(15/20min). SOAKED.

Laguna Strap
Laguna Strap Posted: 6/21/15
Reviewer: Kevin McGovern from Boston, MA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Comfortable, light, and not bulky. Not a lot of cushion, but I prefer it that way. Not a lot of arch support, but having flat feet I prefer it that way. Outsole looks like it will last for a while. Good looking. Good price. I got an extra pair for when these wear out.

Logan WP
Logan WP Posted: 6/9/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The Hi-Tec Logan WP are not called Hi-Tec for nothing. Got a pair some weeks ago, light weight, strong, feel great, super comfortable and give great support. A great product.

Ezeez Shandal
Ezeez Shandal Posted: 6/9/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I ordered a 9 for my 8.5-9 size foot and the size was perfect. It's not a bad looking shoe. I thought the quality of material seemed cheap, scratchy, synthetic and there was absolutely no underfoot support. Zero in arch support. If you don't need any of that, these might work for you.

Borah Peak I-Shield Waterproof
Borah Peak I-Shield Waterproof Posted: 6/1/15
Reviewer: Emiliano De Laurentiis from Williamstown, MA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I am superbly pleased by Zappos' service as well as this particular boot. I've hiked around 20 miles in it since I received it and it performs as well or better than other boots I owned that were more expensive. I particularly like the ankle support it provides coupled with easy entry that other boots do not have. The back of the boot slopes down making it easier to get in or out of the boot without affecting its performance. Frankly, I've never seen this in a boot before and it makes a big difference in comfort. There was a slight defect. The lace support in the front of the boot through which the lace passes was ripped. I considered returning the boot but tied my laces without passing it through this loop and it did not affect the lacing at all, so I decided to cut them off. It was not worth not having the boot while Zappos processed the return. Nevertheless it was surprising that this defect passed inspection either at Zappos or at the manufacturer.

Waimea Falls
Waimea Falls Posted: 5/28/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Wasn't sure about the quality of these based on the other reviews but giving them a try. The medium width fits my wide feet. The foot bed is comfortable and no issues with any of the straps rubbing. Will order another color if these hold up.

Penrith Low Waterproof
Penrith Low Waterproof Posted: 5/9/15
Reviewer: from Seattle
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These were plenty wide in the forefoot to not pinch my bunions (I was surprised, since they do not come in wide - I just ordered a regular size), and I liked that they have a cushy lining so you do not feel all the stitching and appliqued stripes on the outside. However, the middle (i.e. around my ankle) and the heel were so wide, they made my feet look chunky, and my heel slipped. If they fit you correctly, though, I would recommend them as a low-profile hiker which is what I like wear when traveling - doing lots of walking, standing in museums, and day hikes.

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