Hi-Tec was founded in 1974 and continues to provide rugged, durable products for work, trails and life. Their products offer performance features at a price many of us can afford.
Hi-Tec was gracious enough to send our whole family boots to try out. We all got insulated hiking boots, though Laima’s were more of the casual variety (Park City Sport 200), with a hook and loop closure rather than laces.
While Laima appreciated the comfort and that they had a rugged hiking sole, the lack of laces made them inadvisable for more than a casual stroll.
The kids each got a pair of the Renegade Trail WP Juniors to try out and as a word of caution, all the kids’ boots ran a full size small.
The Jackson Hole 400 Insulated Hiking Boots feature a waterproof suede leather and mesh upper with 400g Thinsulate insulation. Metal top hooks and Ghilley lacing system make for easy adjustment and a comfortable fit. The boots are board lasted with steel shank for added rigidity and support, while the CMEVA midsole provides cushioning.
These boots are big, and clunky, and really look like they mean business. The most amazing thing about them is that, belying the bulky appearance, they are extremely light and comfortable. They fit true to size, even a bit roomy, which is nice in a winter boot, as they are comfortable with a variety of sock thicknesses.
I wore these boots for both work and play. The coldest was for a full-day job outing in Milwaukee, WI, where the wind chill was a steady 15 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. No problems for these insulated boots. Feet stayed toasty and dry all day. Several snow outings showed that the waterproof boots are so only up to the lace line.
I also took the opportunity to stand in our local Salt Creek. For the sake of the review, I plunged my foot all the way in, soaking that foot in the process. The nice thing was that my foot stayed warm even soaking wet, which is a real confidence booster in a winter boot.
We also headed out to Starved Rock State Park, where we hiked hill and dale and hundreds of steps up staircases in near-Spring conditions. No complaints from either me or the kids, as they were comfortable on all terrain.
After hiking on cement, through leaves, dirt, snow, and water, I have to say that these are really incredible boots. While feeling overbuilt and protective, their light weight makes them comfortable for wearing all day. These boots stack up very well against boots that cost far more – recommended.
*Product provided for review purposes – all opinions are my own.
We also tested the Northside USA Kids’ Footwear.