Hi-Tec V-Lite Buxton Mid WP (2012)

This is a sub-£100 boot built for paths and trails, and best-suited to lower-level walking away from rocky mountain tops. The medium-soft sole provides reasonable amounts of support and cushioning, giving good padding on harder terrain such as roads and stone paths. The uppers are very soft, making breaking-in easy. Grip-wise, their reasonably wide-spaced lugs give some traction, although they can become clogged with mud fairly easily. The fit is fairly relaxed and it will suit those with wider, bulkier feet. There is also a ‘flat’ feel to the inside of the boot, with little rocker in the sole to help push wearers on to the next step. There is a waterproof treatment inside, but no membrane. The result is dry feet in most situations, without the sweatiness you sometimes associate with membrane waterproofing, but regular cleaning and waterproofing will be needed to keep the boots functioning properly.

Sizes: 7-13

Upper: Suede/nubuck/mesh

Lining: Dri-Tec treatment

Sole: MDT V-Lite rubber

Weight: 1,362g

Women’s version: No

Contact: 01702 561321; www.hi-tec.com

*Published in Country Walking magazine, April 2012