Showing posts with label Hi-Tec Boots. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hi-Tec Boots. Show all posts

Monday, 10 June 2013

"......To all the boots I've worn before...."

Here is my gallery of tramping boots/shoes I have worn and destroyed, I will add to this as time goes on! I will include before and after shots, and make some comment on quality etc.

Hi Tec Bryce, light hiking boot  (2012-2015) (Retired)

I brought a pair of these last year, I didn't have the cash to buy a more rugged pair of boots because of all of the other tramping gear I needed. They have worked well and have seen me through all of my trips over Spring/Summer/Autumn 2012-13. I didn't expect them to last but I have been pleasantly surprised with how well they have stood up.  The uppers are still fine,  they have just starting to show signs of wear.

I think they are good value for the $140 asking price. I will continue to use them for formed tracks i.e. those on the Port Hills.


Hi Tec Bryce, 2012




Wearing my Hi Tecs up the East Hawdon Valley, 2013


July 2014:I have been using these boots for my fitness walking for about the last year, they are still holding out fine, I estimate I will need to dispose of them later this year as they have started to wear down on the sole. 
2017: I am only using these in the garden now as the stitching has started to unravel- they will get chucked when no longer useful 


Kathmandu Barigan, medium boot (2013-2015) (Retired)
I have recently acquired a pair of these boots for the very reasonable price of $100, they are  a replacement for the Hi-Tec boots I have been using. I know Kathmandu does not have great name when it comes to durability, even if they only last a season they will have repaid my investment. Significantly they have a hard Vibram sole and are much stiffer than the Hi Tec's. 
Kathmandu Barigan, 2013



July 2014: I used these boot for all of the 2013/14 tramping season and found them very comfortable. Unfortunately they are starting to delaminate (a common problem), I have glued them up and will use them for day walks on the Port Hills etc. I should get a least another years use out of them on these shorter trips. They lasted as my primary boots for a year so they were worth the $100 I paid for them.
2017: Still using them around the house for yard work. 


Asolo 535 TPS, medium boot (Sold)

I brought myself a pair of Asolo 535 boots for the rocky gravel bashing trips I sometimes go on. These boot are from a good quality European maker, they have a much stiffer sole and the ubiqitious Vibram sole on them. I'm in the process of wearing them in as we speak. Obviously, because they are made in Europe the price is steeper, $500 for this type and brand.


Asolo 535, 2013

July 2014: I have now sold these boots as they were slightly too small for my feet. They are excellent boots so I will potentially buy a larger size some time in the future.



La Sportiva Valojet, medium boot (2014 - ) (Current Boots)


I've recently brought myself a new pair of leather boots for the coming Summer tramping season. I have been wearing a pair of Kathmandu boots but as is the case with their gear they have started to fall to bits. These boots are Italian, La Sportiva Valojets, a medium weight leather boot with a Goretex liner, with a good quality Vibram sole. These ones were $350 on sale, normally $600.
La Sportiva Valojet, 2014


The Valojet's going strong on the QCT, 2016
Update 2016: I have been using these very successfully for several years now and they are awesome. Comfortable right out of the box, quality materials and great workmanship are worth paying for in my opinion. The soles are still fine, the only damage is a rip in the rubber rand I got on the third trip wearing these boots (barbed wire fence...). 
La Sportiva boots are fantastic, I would buy these again!


Asics Mens Gel Sonoma 4E, Trail Shoes (2015- )

These are my current general purpose trail shoes, I am onto my second pair of these. I use these for general fitness walking as well as trips along the Port Hills and on day trips when the weather is fine. I wouldn't use these for a long hike like the Te Araroa, although they might make fair work of even that trail.

Asics Men's Gel Sonoma 4E Trail Shoes

My first pair lasted for about 14 months before they started to fall to bits. For $150 that is pretty good going when you consider that I use them for at least one 10-15 km walk every second weekend. I suppose I could go for a $300 pair of Asolo/Salewa/North Face/Innov8 trail walking shoes but why, these work just fine. 
Sole on Sonoma Trail shoes

I brought them from Rebel Sport, they are still available at the time of writing (September 2016).

When my second pair wear out I will definitely buy these again if they are still available. 


Hi-Tec Trail Blazer Outdoors Shoes (2015- ) (Retired)

I was using a pair of these before i switched to the Asics shown above.  I mainly purchased them because they were cheap ($130 NZD) at a time when I could not afford better quality footwear.

Hi-Tec Trail Blazer Trail shoe

Wearing the Blazers on a section of the Christchurch 360 Trail



 These shoes were good for the first 4 months and then they started to disintegrate. First the inner soles wore through so I replaced with after market versions. Next the stitching started to unravel, this was repaired. I finally retired them when the sole delaminated, I have glued the sole back on but they cannot be trusted over a long distance. 

Hi Tec shoes are fine for around town but I just don't think they are rugged enough for trail use. 

I use these around the garden now.