Just in from Hi-Tec are the Viper Trail Ultra WPi.
They’re a beefy trail shoe, in that understated style that sees Hi-Tec outdoor footwear on as many casual feet as it does outdoor feet.
The upper is a mix of nubuck leather and mesh, the mesh being multi-layered, so no draughts or dirt will get though. The nubuck has some raised ridges to deflect some wear and tear away from the stitch lines.
The lacing is through webbing loops which will run fine if kept clean, although the tongue behind them isn’t gusseted as high as you’d expect for a water resistant shoe, a feature oddly common on Hi-Tecs.
There’s a nice smooth internal lining and a decent footbed, with the fit being very much on the roomy side with only a hint of sculpting at the heel cup.
The sole unit is thickly cushioned with a nice stiffness from the heel to the toes, where it’s much softer, a good balance I think and something I’m used to. The outsole is a Vibram model, with a tread that should work fine on most terrain. It curves up over the rounded heel which should give easy trail walking, taking the sting out of heel strikes.
It has the Ion Mask water repellancy, which does work well, if bringing it’s own issues along such as drying time after immersion. So for me, if they fit you they should be great for trail walking and general kicking about. Hi-Tec are definitely playing to their home crowd here.
- UK Price: £75.00
- Materials: NuBuck Leather and Mesh, Vibram Sole
- Details: Ion Mask Water Repellant Treatment
- Made In: China