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Women’s Hi-Tec Altitude Glide Review

Hiking Boots Reviews  October 28 2010
 — By Stacey L.
Women’s Hi-Tec Altitude Glide Review

As an experienced hiker and scrambler, I was skeptical about buying hiking boots online. Didn’t you need to try them on first?

Then the opportunity to review a pair came along, and I threw caution to the wind. Although I’m typically between a size 8 and 8.5, I chose to order a size 8 in the Women’s Hi-Tec Altitude Glide WP. I picked this pair because it seemed to have all the right qualities—perfect height, features and color. It wasn’t until the boots were out of the box and on my feet that I truly became a believer in buying boots online.

What impressed me the most was the break-in period—mainly because there wasn’t one. I literally unboxed the boots, laced them up and went on a hike. I took my new Hi-Tecs to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky and Devil’s Elbow in Missouri. To be completely honest, I had never really heard anything about this brand until I received the boots. I didn’t know what to expect.

After owning pairs of Vasques and Merrells, I was prepared to get at least one or two blisters along the way. With the Hi-Tecs, I experienced no hot spots whatsoever.  I hiked up cliffs, scrambled across rocks and hiked for miles with a heavy pack. How many times did I think about my feet? Not once.

Although I didn’t cross any rivers while wearing the boots, I like that the waterproofing would allow it. And the boot’s medium height was perfect on my ankles. Also, the traction was excellent. While trying to climb a pretty steep hill, I fell about 12 feet. But I can’t blame the Hi-Tec boots on that one. It was a steep hill, and there were leaves covering the entire area.

Really, the only detrimental attribute is its sizing issue. I would say these boots are not true to size. In fact, I would say it runs about a half size too big. Other than that, I’ve never received more attention and compliments on a shoe before. I’ve had at least eight people ask me where they can buy their own Hi-Tec boots. And it was a question I could easily answer.

(1) Reader Comment

  1. Did these Hi-Tec Boots give you the feeling of being “high off the ground”? I tried a pair of their low top trail runners and they didn’t give me the low to the ground feel I normally look for in shoes. It felt like I could roll my ankle easily.

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