Hi-Tec Sports V-Lite Rapid Trail WP

Boots with solid support and stability without being too heavy or clunky

Brand: Hi-Tec Sports

Model: V-Lite Rapid Trail WP

For big loads and steep, off-trail terrain, I want solid support and stability without excess weight. The Terek delivers, thanks to the midsole’s relatively light combination of molded EVA (for cushion) and full-length polyurethane shank (for rigidity). I sported these high-cuts all over the West, from light-load dayhikes in Yosemite to difficult treks, like a six-day bushwhack around Mt. Shasta with a 60-pound pack. The boots weren’t too heavy or clunky for the former, nor too light or flexy for the latter.

The eight-hook lace system and tongue hooks enhanced all-day comfort, as I could cinch the uppers snug without causing too much friction in any spot. The split-leather and Cordura upper and full rubber rand stood up to abrasion on Sierra granite, and the Gore-Tex liner kept my feet dry during a soggy-snow trek up Yosemite’s Cloud’s Rest. Bonus: Break-in time was negligible because of the excellent out-of-the-box fit (ideal for my wide feet). $260; 2 lbs. 10 oz. (w’s 8.5); m’s 7-14, w’s 5.5-10.5; lowaboots.com.

– Waterproof Nubuck/Suede Leather and mesh upper
– Seam-sealed construction
– TPU Heel Locking System for ankle support
– V-Lite ultra lightweight hardware
– Molded Rubber toecap and Mudguards for protection
– V-Lite design and build technology
– Stabila-Flex, contoured thermo-plastic bi-fit board
– Two-Density CMEVA midsole for cushioning and support
– V-Lite MDT Carbon Rubber outsole
– Comfort-Tec contoured sockliner

SIZES: 7-12, 13

WEIGHT: 20.3 oz.


MSRP: $100

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