Hi-Tec Ridge Event

A narrow design, coupled with an awkward lacing system, makes it difficult to get a decent fit. Lots of padding feels nice at first. A fairly stiff boot with a good, rugged, shock-absorbing Vibram sole. The eVENT lining works well to keep water out, although the ample padding can make feet hot and sweaty. Good toe and heel protection.


Colour: Pewter/charcoal/navy
Sizes: 4-8 (UK), 37-42 (‘Euro)
Upper: Suede/mesh
Waterproof/breathable lining: eVENT
Sole: Vibram
Weight: 1,200g
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 01702 541771, www.hi-tec.com/uk

Verdict: A well-built boot with a stiff midsole and rugged Vibram outsole that will suit those with narrow feet. However, some may find them too warm in summer.

First published in Country Walking magazine, April 2008