Hi-Tec Peak eVent

This is an excellent sub-£100 3-season boot, and there are not many that can boast its rich recipe of successfully produced features. Firstly you get an eVent waterproof lining, which is as good as waterproof linings get. There is a full leather upper too with not too much stitching to fray or fail when the boot takes a hammering on a rocky peak. The toe box is solid, and much improved over the soft toe box of last year. The heel feels very supportive too, again ideal for rocky ground. Underfoot you get a very aggressive Vibram sole unit with deep lugs that are also well spaced to prevent mid clinging to the sole too easily. There is good stiffness underfoot too to make rocky paths comfortable, while allowing this boot to make light work of rocky scrambles. This is a great general-purpose hill-walking boot that is at home on most peaks in the UK. But the ankle cuff is not quite as high or as supportive as some others, so others might offer a little more support off path than this. If you want to tackle rock and scree regularly, then you might prefer a boot with a full rubber rand. Like all lower-priced boots, you will no doubt get a little more comfort or perhaps greater durability from higher priced equivalents.

 

Upper: Full grain leather, eVent waterproof lining
Sole: Vibram
Sizes: 6-13
Trail fit profile: forefoot 2; heel 2; volume 2; length 2
Weight: 1568g (pair, size 11)
Made in Portugal
Stores in UK: England 55; Wales 15; Scotland 35; Ireland 10

Verdict: Buy it if you want a low-priced waterproof boot for hill-walking and don’t need the absolute best performance or durability.