For me the Hi-Tec V-Lite Diablo was more comfortable than it looks. There’s a rubber toe box to provide protection and prevent toes creeping beyond the end of the sole. The upper is stretchy and so is the lacing system, so once cranked up it holds the foot comfortably in place while allowing movement. The result is that the foot is very well protected. But most importantly there is still space around the base of the upper for ventilation and to allow grit and water to escape. The heel strap can also be adjusted if needed or even removed to turn this into a slide. As if that is not enough the sole unit is sportingly designed with good flex and lugs to keep a grip when moving over wet grass and protect the foot on rocky paths. But the Hi-Tec V-Lite Diablo is arguably more of a shoe than a sandal, but from a practical standpoint perhaps that is no bad thing? Other sandals are lighter, and some have a slightly better sole flex and slightly more cushioning to add even more control to every step. There are of course lower-priced options but they don’t compare to the performance of this sandal.
Upper compression fit synthetic/stretch textile
Sole MDT carbon rubber
Weight 724g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 100
Verdict: The Hi-Tec V-Lite Diablo is a superb choice if £40 is your budget and highly recommended, but more cash gets something even better if you really want the ultimate.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2009