Although heavy and a bit clompy when first on, and not exactly top of the style stakes, the Tauranga is a capable walking shoe. They have a solid sole that gives good protection over rough ground and provides decent levels of support on stony terrain. The tread leaves a bit to be desired, though, with a very shallow pattern, although this wasn’t a huge problem in most conditions. There is no waterproof membrane, but they do have a waterproof treatment and manage to keep feet dry in some wetter conditions. Finally, the fit was less-voluminous than on some Hi-Tec products, creating a more secure feel.
Materials: Waterproof suede/mesh
Sole: V-Lite MDT carbon rubber
Women’s version: No
Contact: 01702 541 741; www.hi-tec.com
• Review from Country Walking magazine, June ’11