Hi-Tec Peak event

This was a finalist in our 2007 3-season boot tests and it is still an excellent buy for £100. There’s a full leather upper with not too much stitching to fray or fail when the boot takes a hammering on a rocky peak. To improve waterproofing, you get eVent inside, which is as good as waterproof linings get. The toe box is solid and protected by a rubber rand, making it ideal for rocky terrain. The heel feels very supportive too, so again it’s ideal for rocky ground. Underfoot you get a very aggressive Vibram sole unit with deep lugs that are also well-spaced to prevent mud clinging to the sole. There is good stiffness underfoot too, to make rocky paths comfortable. This is a great general-purpose hill-walking boot that is at home on most peaks in the UK. If you want to tackle rock and scree regularly, you might prefer a boot with a full rubber rand, while others may prefer a lower ankle cuff for a smoother walking action. Like all lower-priced boots, you will no doubt get a little more comfort or perhaps greater durability from higher-priced equivalents, but for the price this is hard to beat.

 

Upper: full-grain leather, eVent waterproof lining
Sole: Vibram
Sizes: 7-12
Weight: 1568g (pair, size 11)
Made in: China
Stores in the UK: 150

Verdict: If you have £100 to spend it would be hard to find a better boot for hill-walking, but a higher price will bring better performance.

 

First published in Trail magazine, April 2008