Hi-Tec Sports V-Lite Infinity HPi

The Khumbu is an all-terrain mountain boot with a design that promotes comfortable walking for any kind of adventure.

Brand: Hi-Tec Sports

Model: V-Lite Infinity HPi

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Testers usually prefer all-terrain mountain boots like these only for big-load, multiday trips. But the Khumbus are so comfortable that testers also chose them for dayhikes. Says one: “Unlike with some burly hikers, making the morning transition from camp shoes to these boots was easy.”

Credit a design that promotes comfortable walking without compromising protection. Our tester reports that ticking off miles in Rocky Mountain National Park was a breeze thanks to the boot’s slight rocker, low weight (for the category), and flex point at the ball. But it’s still plenty rigid for off-trail travel.

The boot’s full-length PU shank and EVA shock pads under the heel and ball provided all-day comfort on rock slabs and boulder fields in Pikes Peak Wilderness.

Deep lugs and a well-defined heel provide braking on dicey slopes. The 1.8-mm-thick suede upper protected against stones but molded to the foot. And they’re dry, thanks to a Gore-Tex liner, full rubber rand* (which seals upper to sole and prevents abrasion), and a snug collar that kept out rain, slush, and snow on weeklong Rockies peakbagging trips. $285; 3 lbs. 4 oz.; m’s 7-14, w’s 6-11;

*RAND A protective band—often rubber or synthetic leather—that wraps around the boot’s lower perimeter and increases abrasion resistance- Extremely breathable synthetic upper
– Seamless Uppper Zone Engineering upper design (S.U.Z.E)
– ion-mask hydrophobic technology
– Heat seal overlays for lightweight support
– TPU shank support with ESS protection
– Molded toe cap
– Reflective safety details
– Microfiber collar lining
– Comfort-Tec contoured footbed
– Dual density 3D counter balance midsole
– Lightweight TPU shank
– Exclusive dual density Vibram outsole