Hi-Tec V Lite Helvellyn WP (2015)


The Hi-Tec V Lite Helvellyn WP is a very lightweight boot at just 1246g (pair, size 11). But you still do get a leather upper with minimal stitching for durability, while a waterproof Dri-Tec membrane keeps your feet dry. The outsole is a Vibram unit with very deep and well-placed lugs. But the ankle cuff is lower than some, the sole is very bendy and the toe box isn’t as protective as higher-priced models. 4/5


This comes in men’s sizes 7-13 and women’s 4-9, and it fits like the proverbial glove, being close and precise. The softer upper and softer sole materials enable this fit to some extent too, but either way it feels nice and nimble on the foot. However wider-footed people may feel the fit is a bit too close. 5/5


The Hi-Tec V Lite Helvellyn WP is a lightweight boot that is also quite soft in terms of its upper and flex, so naturally it feels very comfortable. But as the upper and sole are soft that comfort drops away on rocky and rugged ground, and your feet really have to work pretty hard. It’s great on level paths and grassy moors, however. 3/5

In use

Due to the softness of the upper and the flex, performance depends greatly on the terrain. Use the Hi-Tec V Lite Helvellyn WP on soft grass and level, muddy paths and its Vibram sole with its deep, well-spaced lugs work really well. But get this on rocky ground and scree or off the path, and the lack of stiffness of the boot forces your feet to work really hard. 3/5


The price is superb for what you are getting and on easier ground this is superb value. 5/5


The Hi-Tec V Lite Helvellyn WP very lightweight boot that is also comfortable and performs well on softer level ground, but it is not the best for rugged terrain. It wins Trail’s ‘approved’ accolade. 4.0/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine December 2015