While these lack the finesse of more expensive models, they do provide an entry level option. A lightweight fabric boot, Altitude Lite combines mesh, suede and leather, with Hi-Tec’s own waterproof membrane. There is no underfoot support but there is enough room in the boot so the flat footbed can be replaced by a shaped or orthotic insole. The sole unit has widely spaced lugs in a random pattern that grip well and are slow to clog with mud; however the sloping heel edge is less positive on descents. Lacing is difficult to adjust, feeding through three pairs of fabric loops alternating with two metal pairs. The laces can’t slide, so each crossover must be individually pulled tight with fingers; this makes it harder to achieve the correct fit and encourages pressure points. The two hooks above the ankle are anchored by rivets which are exposed on the inside of the boot (rather than covered with padding or lining). These dig into my ankle once the boot is cinched tight although can be protected against by carefully arranging the tongue. It’s the first time I’ve seen exposed rivets inside a boot… and I’m not saying that with a smile on my face. The boot flexes where the (stiffer) lace platform joins the (softer) upper, which I found uncomfortable. Yes, the price is low but, personally, I’d dig deeper for more comfort.
Pros: entry level price, construction quality
Cons: no underfoot support, lacing, cuff/tongue height, flex
Uppers: waterproof suede, mesh, Dri-Tec membrane Mid/outsole: moulded impact-absorbing midsole, Multi Directional Traction (MDT) outsole Weight: 860g (size 4) Sizes: 4-8 (men 7-13) Price Ј60