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Anyone had any experienc ewith Hi Tech boots.  A local shop has a pretty good sale on them.  They seem to be pretty popular but I've never used a pair.

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PostIcon Posted on: Mar. 27 2013, 7:28 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

No recent experience, but I had a pair of low-cut boots from them that were great, and another pair of their more tactical boots that were garbage. A LEO friend of mine had two similar pair that also didn't last long, and Hi-Tec sent him two more pair, no questions asked. That's good customer service, but an awful lot of boots coming apart at the seams. I haven't looked at the brand since. Might want to search for recent reviews online...
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I owned a pair of Altitudes way back - they were never waterproof right from the start, despite having a liner. The midsole separated from the upper on me after a while and I had to glue them back on. Kind of a cheap boot. But newer versions look better.
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Yes, I had two pairs over the years.  I bought them because they were cheap back when I was poor, and now that I am rich, I would still buy them!  I never had waterproofing issues with mine.  They were not necessarily the most durable boots, but still very solid, and I got years of use out of mine.  Buy with confidence.
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Their tactical /duty line is garbage. I've had apair of their hiking boots that have stood up well to a few years of general wear and some dayhiking.

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Back in about '05, I got some Hi-Tec "Noreaster" boots and even today, they are my go-to boots for winter travel!  I love them!!!

They are e-vent, with ballistic nylon, (Kevlar) full wrap around toe rand and 200 grams of Thinsulate.  

I don't think they are still sold, though.  :(  It appears the closest thing to them is this: http://www.rei.com/product....loseout


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I bought a pair once. They were worthless. Fell apart like they were put together with spit and glue...

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I wasn't really that impressed with them in the store.  Think I'll pass on them.  

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I don't know why, but ever since you started this thread I've had Herman Survivors on my mind. ~20yrs ago, they were the absolute fire. I wore them until the soles were smooth, then used them at work until one of the soles wore completely through. Wonderful boots.
For years I didn't see them any more, and when I finally did, "Herman Survivors" was a Wal-Mart brand :(
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Yes, I had two pairs over the years.  I bought them because they were cheap back when I was poor, and now that I am rich, I would still buy them!  I never had waterproofing issues with mine.  They were not necessarily the most durable boots, but still very solid, and I got years of use out of mine.  Buy with confidence.

Rich, huh? Need a friend?

I digress. To the OP: I've owned several pair over the years, primarily the lighter-weight, non-waterproof type for spring and summer. They've performed well for me. If you can get a good deal, go for it.

Does that store have a website, perchance?


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I bought the first of my two pair of Altitudes after BP gave them a really good review.  Other than the Altitudes I cannot comment.

No issues but they did tend to come loose at the toe after 2 years or so.  Very wet where I hike, so they were constantly muddy.  But I found them for under $50.  

They were waterproof but hot....but then that could have been my socks too...I used to wear much thicker socks.  Never a blister, break in time was 0.

Nubuck was nice but became floppy after a few hundred miles, so support wasn't great.

They are certainly not Crestas, but I was happy with them carrying much heavier loads than I do now, (save for my big fat gut after quitting smoking four months ago).


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Yes, congratulations on quitting! Tigger's right, you're past the worst of it. It will still be hard sometimes, but it won't be constant like before. Quitting was the best thing I've done in my life. Every single thing is more enjoyable now - including socialising.
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Thanks Tigger & Smokey.

Ya'll forgot one very important aspect of it.

At $10.00 per pack, (gotta love NYS taxes),  I have now saved over $1,000 (just about a pack a day habit), since I quit.  I hardly pull out my wallet during the day...no cigs, no coffee at the C-store...probably saved more than that..which would allow me to buy

GEAR GEAR GEAR :p


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Sigh, it's just trading one addiction for another I suppose. My gear closet is a testament to that. But at least this one MAKES you healthy. :)
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I've been wearing a pair of Hi Tec Altitudes for over 10 years. I've reglued the sole twice. I think these were decent boots 10 years ago, but the current version is inferior. My impression is that Hi Tec has lost quality over the years.
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It's where "the rubber meets the road," man. I don't think boots are the place to save money. It's like buying cheap tires or looking for the least expensive farrier for a horse.

I've had one pair of boots for the last thirteen years, an over-the-ankle midweight one-piece-leather-upper Vasque. A couple resoles, frequent SnoSeal treatments, lots of off-trail hiking and packing, and deer and upland game hunting. They're still going strong.

I thought they were expensive when I bought them, but now believe they're worth way more than what I paid for them. They replaced a pair of Fabianos that I felt the same way about. I never worry about them.


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It's where "the rubber meets the road," man. I don't think boots are the place to save money. It's like buying cheap tires or looking for the least expensive farrier for a horse.

I've had one pair of boots for the last thirteen years, an over-the-ankle midweight one-piece-leather-upper Vasque. A couple resoles, frequent SnoSeal treatments, lots of off-trail hiking and packing, and deer and upland game hunting. They're still going strong.

I thought they were expensive when I bought them, but now believe they're worth way more than what I paid for them. They replaced a pair of Fabianos that I felt the same way about. I never worry about them.

Unfortunately, boots like that are a rare breed these days.  When you finally retire the old Vasques, you'll probably be disappointed with your options.  Vasque isn't quite the same company it once was... all the footwear is made in China now, which although it doesn't necessarily speak to a decline in quality, it does in this case.  The quality took a dive over their previous Italian-made boots.  Very few if any of the boots are resoleable these days, and most all contain that cheap EVA foam in the midsoles that breaks down within a year or two, causing the outsoles to begin delaminating not long after, ruining the boot.

Hiking boots are made to be disposable these days, with not a lot of affordable alternatives.  Keep those old Italian Vasques as long as they'll last ya'.


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Vasque isn't quite the same company it once was... all the footwear is made in China now, which although it doesn't necessarily speak to a decline in quality, it does in this case.  The quality took a dive over their previous Italian-made boots.

Hiking boots are made to be disposable these days, with not a lot of affordable alternatives.  Keep those old Italian Vasques as long as they'll last ya'.

Well, you're just full of good news!

That's pretty disappointing. Wow---high quality production Italian leather hiking boots are a thing of the past.

I tried hiking mountain trails in my Five Fingers once and it was miserable. What to do?


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Vasque isn't quite the same company it once was... all the footwear is made in China now, which although it doesn't necessarily speak to a decline in quality, it does in this case.  The quality took a dive over their previous Italian-made boots.

Hiking boots are made to be disposable these days, with not a lot of affordable alternatives.  Keep those old Italian Vasques as long as they'll last ya'.

Well, you're just full of good news!

That's pretty disappointing. Wow---high quality production Italian leather hiking boots are a thing of the past.

I tried hiking mountain trails in my Five Fingers once and it was miserable. What to do?

Yeah yeah, I know. :p  I had a pair of Vasque Sundowner MX's (I think was the name from my recollection) made in Italy.  Great boots.  I'd probably still have 'em today if my local cobbler hasn't screwed them up by resoling them with the wrong sole, giving me a really crappy fit and a bad glue job (shoulda gone with a different cobbler, but that's another story).  The newer Sundowners in the store, I could see the imperfections in the build of the boot (a loose stitch here & there, a mismatched gluing job btw the left & right boot, etc) that left me looking for something else.  On a close look, the quality was just not the same.

Most my hiking these days I go with lighter footwear so I take disposability as a given and replace them every 1-2 years.  But for good long-lasting leather boots, there's not as much out there as there used to be, from my own observations anyway.  There are a few manufacturers that still do it, but not the selection there once was.


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Just another manifestation of a throw-away society, I suppose. I show up somewhere with all my old stuff and get that wall-eyed look, like "How quaint."

I just got a new pack, though. I found a used JanSport external frame pack in good condition for this summer--it's probably not even twenty years old! But it did set me back thirty bucks. :D


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IMO, boots started going downhill when manufacturers started getting away from the Norwegian welt and started relying on glue.  Boots haven't been the same since.  Too bad.

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IMO, boots started going downhill when manufacturers started getting away from the Norwegian welt and started relying on glue.  Boots haven't been the same since.  Too bad.

That may be true.  But I never once had a decent fit or a comfortable boot back in those days.  That lighter I've gone with the footwear, the happier my feet have been.  Yeah, they get wet sometimes.  But I never get blisters anymore, and my feet hurt a lot less (still hurt, but that's a different story).

Maybe I'd miss the old leather boots if I still hiked in the PNW.  I don't know.  I've worn the lightweight boots on some pretty wet trips and been okay.


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I've never worn Hi-Tecs, but I think the observations about boots, especially the old-style Norwegian welt ones you used to be able to get, are completely accurate.

The wife bought a pair of Hi-Tecs at a store in Aspen one summer when we were there, and they're still in her closet, though she doesn't wear them much anymore, if at all. She mostly sticks to trail walkers and such these days, as do I.

I like the feel and look of the old boots, and I have a number of different ones (see my posts here and here for pictures of some from my "collection". They don't get much wear anymore, but I still love 'em, and I'll get into the mood at the drop of a hat and wear a pair for a few weeks at a time for no good reason.
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