The Hi-Tec V-Lite Diablo was a superb price last year and it has not had a price increase, so now it is even more remarkable value. It offers more protection than some thanks to a rubber toe box and stretch material over the top of the foot. This makes this a much better option for walking in the countryside than more open sandals. The Diablo has a lacing system across the top with a removable and adjustable Velcro heel panel. Once adjusted this allows the sandal to fit the foot securely. But there is still space around the base of the upper for ventilation and to allow grit and water to drain out, so this enclosed design has advantages over normal shoes. The sole unit is sportingly designed with good flex and lugs to keep a grip when moving over wet grass while offering enough stiffness to protect the foot on rocky paths. But as this is very enclosed it is not as cooling as a more open sandal, although it has practical advantages. You can get lighter sandals and also some that offer a little more cushioning underfoot. You can save money, although a lower-priced product probably won’t match this performance.
Upper compression fit synthetic/stretch textile
Sole MDT carbon rubber
Weight 724g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 100+
The Hi-Tec V-Lite Diablo was superb value in 2009 and it remains the same price so it is now stunningly good value! But pay more and you will get an even better sandal.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2010