By Editor | July 1, 2014
The Hi-Tec V-Lite sphHike midcut boots has enough support for most short backpacking trips, they cost about the same as most trail runners and offer a little more durability.
The SpHike stands for sport and hiking has a stiff plastic plate that wraps up around the sides of the thick EVA midsole and provides enough stiffness to support pack weights up to 45 pounds.
The Vibram outsole’s deep, V-shaped studs performed very well on steep, muddy trails and wet rocks.
Although the Hi-Tec V-Lite sphHike appear quite bulky they are remarkably light shoes. That’s because the beefy midsoles are mostly EVA, which sacrifices long-term durability for a comfortable, cushy, trail-runner-like feel. The upper is primarily mesh rein-forced with thin synthetic strips from the laces to the midsole. A suede and thin rubber toecap offers protection with minimal weight penalty.
After lots and lots of miles hiking, the heel tread and suede along the lace eyelets showed lots of wear.
The roomy fit accommodates high-volume feet best, however lace it up snug to fit narrow feet.
• High performance ‘Liquid Rubber’ on the toe and heel for lightweight protection.
• Waterproof synthetic upper keeps the moisture out.
• Rustproof metal hardware holds up all year-round
• ESS shank support with rock protection plate to
• Ortholite sockliner delivers long lasting cushioning,
anti-odour and anti-microbial properties, all of which
ensures ultimate all day comfort.
comfort and durability.
WEIGHT: 1 lb. 10 oz.; m’s 7-13
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