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Hi-Tec Reviews

Equilibrio Bijou Low I
Equilibrio Bijou Low I Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Nice lower profile hiker. A bit on the narrow side across the metatarsals for my wider feet. Comfy on first try on. But concerned that my bunions will get pressure from the side seams over time. Still deciding whether to wear outsudecand keep or bail and send back.

Logan WP
Logan WP Posted:
Reviewer: from Ohio
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I agree that these are light, waterproof and comfortable. However after wearing these for 12 hours straight recently my feet cramped up badly after taking them off. Yep they were comfortable while on. And this was after daily use for the past month. Thus their "Broke-in." Maybe its just me but feeling inside bottom I can't feel any cushion and little or no arch support. My feet were fine when I was only wearing them for a couple hours off and on each day. I am going to get a pair of cushion inserts to see if this helps. Maybe some people may have no problem but I did. Yep 5 stars for comfort but one star for cramped feet after taking them off after a long days use.

Bandera II Low Waterproof
Bandera II Low Waterproof Posted:
Reviewer: from Bismarck ND
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Very nice shoe but runs large. Had to send back

Bandera Mid WP
Bandera Mid WP Posted:
Reviewer: from Kansas City
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

After reading customer reviews, I ordered a size up to 12 from my usual 11.5. Since the fit is very good, I would recommend as the others did to go a half size larger for this model. Very comfortable and durable so far.

Skamania Waterproof
Skamania Waterproof Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

They felt a *little bit* small. Not quite a half size smaller, but.... If you're hiking you want to make sure your toes don't ram into the end of the boot when you're going downhill. So if in doubt, get a half-size up. In addition, many years of hiking have taught me that you MUST have waterproof boots. Period. Especially up here in the soggy Pacific Northwest. So I was happy to see that these are waterproof.

Altitude V I WP
Altitude V I WP Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

The order says Dark Chocolate/Purple, but I received a Dark Chocolate/Black. What attracted me to the shoe was the functions as well as the purple shoe laces. My favorite color. Overall, size 6 feels a bit big. I haven't tried the shoes with my hiking socks yet so will update review later. I like the texture of the shoe. Looks like the dirt will be able to slide right off easily. Will need to test it out. The shoes feel a bit chunky and big on my small feet. I'm 4'11" and petite. I might return and get a 5.5.

Florence Low WP
Florence Low WP Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Usually when reviews say something runs small I don't find it true for me, but these definitely run about 1/4 to 1/2 size small. The toe box is narrow, probably even if I got a size up. The heel was wide and loose even in the too-small size. The tongue is sewn to the sides until about halfway up, like most hiking shoes, except there are no gussets near the top so it won't tuck down into the sides of the shoe properly. The treads are deeper than a sidewalk walking shoe, but not as deep as I'd like for real trail walking. Plenty of padding around all the usual rub points, so it seems like a comfortable shoe if it fit.

Trail OX Chukka I Waterproof
Trail OX Chukka I Waterproof Posted:
Reviewer: from Michigan
Overall: Rated: 1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

very heavy, look cheaply made, and an eye hook was installed backwards

Skamania Waterproof
Skamania Waterproof Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Product was as expected except the fit was too small

Altitude V I WP
Altitude V I WP Posted:
Reviewer: from Denver, CO
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Wow! These guys fit great from day 1! Wore them at work to break them in but almost felt like I didn't have to. Heard many stories that these were easy to break in, but didn't believe it. Boy was I wrong...

Logan WP
Logan WP Posted:
Reviewer: from Indiana
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I wore these all day and my feet didn't feel bad at all. I was pleasantly surprised with how light they were. It was muddy out when we went hiking, so I was afraid of how weighed down they would be, but overall happy with the boots given the price. My mind might change in year from now, but for now they are great boots!

Altitude Lite I-Shield Waterproof
Altitude Lite I-Shield Waterproof Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Super light weight; love the color; the top is just too stiff around my ankle. it would take too long to break it in

Altitude Lite I-Shield Waterproof
Altitude Lite I-Shield Waterproof Posted:
Reviewer: from New York, NY
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

So far the reviews are divided on whether these are light or heavy. I found them very heavy and also weak on arch support, allowing me to pronate even in such sturdy boots. If you don't need arch support these might be for you. They definitely support the whole foot and ankle well otherwise.

Equilibrio Bijou Mid I
Equilibrio Bijou Mid I Posted:
Reviewer: from CA
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I had a good experience with these boots, due to Zappos' excellent customer service, mainly. I bought them days before I was to go on retreat. The site, at the time, had a "timer," saying that they'd arrive in two days--which was two days before I left on retreat. Well, when they didn't come, I contacted customer service, and the kindly rep gave me a $25 credit, canceled the pair that was sent to me regular mail, and reordered a pair sent overnight. They arrived just before I left on retreat--and for my inconvenience, they were gifted to me. I had paid $65 for them, as I had a discount coupon from before. Well, they were uncomfortable--I am guessing hiking boots are not for me, after all, after wearing sneakers and mules for years--and I offered to return them. But, since they didn't cost me anything, I was told I could give them away, which I did. What is more is that the $65 I would have spent on them were credited to a pair of Merrell Encore Breeze 3 mules, which I have bought from this site, several times, already. That, along with the $25 credit already on my account from when the first pair didn't arrive on time, rendered my mules free of charge. I have had to exchange them twice now, but the credits keep rolling over. Such great customer service!

Skamania Waterproof
Skamania Waterproof Posted:
Reviewer: from Novato, CA
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Bought these for my husband. Started with a 10 (his usual size) but had to return them for 10.5. The 10.5 seem to be fine. I bought the women's style for myself and needed a half size larger also. Very nice boots and very good price for not -too- frequent hikers!

Bandera Mid WP
Bandera Mid WP Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Great boot for the price point. I've purchased several Hi-Tech boots over the years and this one is not quite as well made as the last I purchased but it was over $100 so I'm not complaining. I use them for waterproof work boots around water all day and they have always served me well.

St. Moritz 200 WP
St. Moritz 200 WP Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These boots are amazing! They are very fashionable, comfortable and felt true to size giving me the option of wearing socks of varied thickness. I will be going to Boston soon and can't wait to try them out on tough weather. As soon as I put them on they felt comfortable and did not feel very heavy while walking.

Skamania Waterproof
Skamania Waterproof Posted:
Reviewer: from California
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I ordered a 9, my regular size, and they were a bit tight. I exchanged them for the 9.5, and they seem perfect. I wear a 9.5 in Skechers, too, so it must be activity type shoes. I found a very old pair of HiTecs in my closet, and they were 9.5, too. Also, we ordered the same (mens) boots for my husband and he had to exchange his for a half-size larger. My boots are very cute, and seem comfortable. Have just worn them around the house because we are planning a trip to Yosemite and thought waterproof boots would be a good idea. I remember I really liked the other HiTecs, and they are priced very reasonably.

Skamania Waterproof
Skamania Waterproof Posted:
Reviewer: from New York
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

The wide isn't wide enough. I ordered wide width and a full size larger than usual, and my toes were still slightly cramped. My feet are not super extra wide, either, just normally wide. Otherwise, this shoe appears well-made. It feels firm and supportive in the footbed. I have high arches and don't need arch support, but the footbed felt natural and unobtrusive--which means it's probably lacking in arch support. Also, the ankles rubbed painfully. I wore them for about five minutes around the house and already my ankles felt rubbed and soon to be bruised. So overall, not a great boot for me, but the firm-but-cushioned footbed is enough to leave me willing to try another style in this brand.

Bandera Mid WP
Bandera Mid WP Posted:
Reviewer: from NY
Overall: Rated: 2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Right out of the box, one of the lacing hooks was broken off. Read this was a problem in other reviews, I can confirm. Otherwise, comfort and fit were fine, although they seem a little wide in the heel. Shame I didn't get a chance to wear them. Generally, I used to like hitec boots because of the quality for the price point, but I'm going to another brand.

Altitude IV
Altitude IV Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Seems good, haven't had them long enough for a real rundown. Only complaint about the design is the tongue gusset, it doesn't extend up very far and will allow water and debris into the boot. Wore them on a hike today and they were quite comfortable despite minimal breakin.

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