My 14 year old son spent many years as an intrepid Scout and last year moved on to become an intrepid Explorer. He loves nothing more than hiking, camping and climbing mountains. While other boys are gaming or messing about on social media, my son is researching mountains he hopes to climb.
An intrepid Explorer who loves climbing mountains needs a good pair of boots, so I was very pleased to be offered a pair for him from Hi-Tec. He was sent a pair of Altitude V I men’s hiking boots in size 11 (yes, really!).
He was very excited to see they were Dri-tec – which means they keep water out, but they are also breathable (so there should be no sweaty feet!). They also have an invisible protective i-shield layer, which repels both water AND dirt. Having seen the state of my son’s last pair of boots, I’m looking forward to see this in action!
The boots are incredibly light, with very sturdy soles to give lots of grip. They are also padded around the ankles for comfort and support.
We didn’t receive the boots in time for my son to wear them for his DofE bronze expedition, but he has lots of adventures planned for the coming months, both with Explorers and with the family. He’s going to walk in the Brecon Beacons, he’s planning a long walk along the Cotswold Way, he will be starting his DofE silver in the autumn and there will be a 36 mile night hike early next year!
In a few weeks’ time, he will be climbing Ben Nevis, but he won’t be able to wear his Hi-Tec boots. Even though it will be June, there is likely to be snow on top of the mountain and he will need to wear crampons for safety. Sadly, these boots in a size 11 don’t fit his crampons. They may well fit different crampons or smaller boots may fit them. However, that is his only complaint about the boots.
He loves his new boots and can’t wait to put them through their paces.
Personally, I’m hoping he’s going to stop growing and won’t need an even bigger pair next year. But, if he does, his dad and his brother are both eyeing up this pair!
If you fancy checking out the Hi-Tec website yourself, you can get a 20% discount on outdoor and sports footwear, clothing and accessories at www.hi-tec.co.uk using the discount code BLOG20
We were sent the boots by Hi-Tec for the purposes of this review. All opinions are our own.