A classic entry level rambling boot
HI-TEC SPORTS was founded in 1974 in the appropriately named village of Shoeburyness, in Essex. Its original success was a result of the breakthrough design and development of their first ever shoe. The Hi-Tec Squash. Designed specifically for the increasingly popular game of squash the Hi-Tec Squash achieved recorded unit sales of over 18 million pairs worldwide to date. The Hi-Tec Squash remains Britain’s all time best selling sports shoe model to this day.
Today Hi-Tec have over 500 styles across 80 countries worldwide. In the United Kingdom their commercial strategy has consistently been to focus on the mid-price market segment. This has positioned Hi-Tec as one of the four unit volume leaders throughout the UK sports shoe market consistently over the last ten years.
So if you want a classic entry level rambling boot that won’t break the bank then look no further than the Hi-Tec Eurotrek. These waterproof boots have everything you need to keep you warm, dry and comfortable on even the most challenging of trails.
Lightweight and comfortable straight from the box the Hi-Tec Eurotrek features a waterproof seam sealed full grain leather upper. This along with a moisture wicking top layer on the removable Comfort -T sockliner insole are guaranteed to keep you dry. These waterproof boots provide support for the sole of the foot via a EVA contoured compression moulded base layer cushioning both the forefoot and heel areas so minimising the impact and maximising the comfort. This along with a breathable mesh underlay makes them a practical choice for everyday use.
The soft padded leather collar and fully gusseted leather tongue ensures a comfortable fit and provides excellent ankle support , and the rustproof brass hardware means the boot will stay looking good and is easy to maintain.
The Hi-tec Eurotrek is constructed on a steel shank offering superb stability. This boot also features a durable carbon rubber MDT hiking sole offering superior wear and grip as well as great flexibility even on rugged terrain.
Priced at a modest £36.00 – £60.00 they are competitively priced as an entry level walking boot. With the majority of user reviews giving 4 and a half or 5 stars out of 5 they are a popular choice that is highly recommended.
On the plus side reviewers tend to agree on the comfort of the boot with many saying they were comfortable straight from the box or with very little wearing in required. The ion-mask (TM) technology seems to hold up to even the most wet of conditions and most agree that the sole offers good grip.
On the down side there does seem to be some debate regarding the durability of the sole with one reviewer wearing through both heels in only 5 weeks. The argument seems to focus on the soles being too soft and thin for more strenuous use. The eyelets have also been an issue, detaching themselves from the body of the boot. Although this does not affect the overall effectiveness of the Eurotrek it is something to bear in mind.
Overall these waterproof boots seem to be a good investment. If you want a good all round lightweight and comfortable ankle boot that is ideal for moderate hiking and walking then you may want to consider the hi-Tec Eurotrek. However if you are a more seasoned walker or with above average requirements or prefer your hiking to be in the extreme form then you may find that these boots wanting in the durability stakes. Considering the reputation and the quality you can expect from a company like Hi-Tec then if you are in the market for a good entry level boot then the Hi-Tec Eurotrek would be a good choice.
- Brand: Hi-Tec.
- Style: Casual.
- Fastening: Lace Up.
- Outer: Synthetic.
- Inner: Synthetic.
- Sole: Synthetic rubber.
- Material: Leather.
37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Relief for troubled feet, 13 September 2009 by Mr J.A. Oare
These are marvellous boots especially if you have foot problems as my husband does. They are wide fitting so no need to suffer as his feet get used to them. They are quality leather and an all round great purchase.
A great entry level walking boot that is comfortable, fully waterproof and won't break the bank. A good choice for light to medium walking or hiking needs.