Hi-Tec Altitude NT Enviro Sandal 2011

The Hi-Tec Altitude NT Enviro Sandal has been developed with the National Trust. According to the manufacturers its environmental impact has been considered in its production, which results in the sole using recycled rubber content. The sole offers a good degree of stiffness and cushioning, which makes these comfy to wear on a variety of terrain. There’s also a pronounced curve in the sole, allowing a very natural walking action. The leather straps are lined with neoprene and provide the traditional three-point adjustment. This is a generally comfy sandal and it is well-priced too. But  it is perhaps not as ‘enviro-friendly’ as the name suggests, which is a pity as recycled straps would be better than leather for example. Equally, leather is slow-drying, so it’s not ideal for more adventurous walkers. The main problem with the Hi-Tec Altitude NT Enviro Sandal though is the outsole lug pattern, as it is very shallow, so firstly it is going to wear smooth rapidly (which is not good for long-term durability and environmental impact) and secondly it is not so good for keeping a grip on softer, slippery surfaces.

Upper full-grain leather with neoprene padding
Sole recycled rubber
Sizes 7-13 (men’s); 4-9 (women’s)
Weight 572g (pair, size 7)
Made in Indonesia
Stores in the UK 50

The Hi-Tec Altitude NT Enviro Sandal is an okay sandal, but it’s not as good for the planet or as good for walking on more slippery terrain as it could be.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011