Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Pro Lite RGS (2015)


Few shoes under £100 provide a waterproof lining, which makes the Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Pro Lite RGS very appealing. The waterproof Dri-Tec lining is protected by a synthetic and suede leather upper that feels more protective than some but not quite as good as higher-priced models. You also get an exclusive Vibram sole unit, which is designed to support the natural roll of the foot. 4/5


Available for men in size 7-12 and women 5-8, the Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Pro Lite RGS feels spacious. Lacing extends to a bit closer to the toe than some, which helps provide a closer fit. The heel cup fits closely and there is good stability underfoot. This fits well without being too baggy or too tight. 5/5


Straight away the Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Pro Lite RGS felt comfortable, with a good rolling action on the sole that allowed a good stable movement on every step. As there is a waterproof lining this comfort will remain in the wet. Also the upper is slightly more protective than lighter shoes, although a stiffer toe box would be better for rocky ground. 4/5

In use

The Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Pro Lite RGS is great on level paths but for rockier ground stiffer shoes offer even better support and protection as well as better climbing ability and comfort. The outsole lugs are very deep and well-spaced, though, so on soft ground it works well. It feels less ‘clumpy’ than it looks but is less good for fast action than some. 4/5


A waterproof shoe is what most hillwalkers in the UK really need, and one that comes in under £100 has to be good value. 5/5


Not the absolute best shoe, but the Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Pro Lite RGS is water-proof, and has good comfort and grip, so on easier terrain it is a good option if your budget is less than £100. It wins Trail’s ‘approved’ accolade. 4.4/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine May 2015