Hi Tec Phoenix Waterproof Hiking Boots - full test & review
I have chosen the Hi Tec Phoenix Hiking Boot for this weeks review as it is an excellent choice of boot, especially if you prefer the more modern styling for your hiking boots as compared to the military style boots in the Magnum range.
Firstly, I have to say it was a pleasure testing these boots as I always have my apprehensions about trialing "new" boots and especially as their first planned outing was a rather grueling 10K hike which consisted of part road, part muddy pathways and quite a few hills. But these boots proved they were easily up to the challenge and performed faultlessly throughout the entire day, as you will see in the video below.
Initial thoughts on the Hi Tec Phoenix:
Very much a modern styled and very a 'good looking' boot, which looks every part like a quality hikers boot with some good, high, front and rear protection - something I like as I tend to be a "lazy" hiker and often scrape the front of my boot and scuff them when going uphill over rough terrain.
The overall feel of the Phoenix is that of a tough hiking boot, very solid and well fitted together - I especially like the styling and comfort of the ankle collar, this worked well for me with the rear part of the collar set lower to prevent any rubbing at the back of your ankle - I prefer this style as my laces to be quite tight around that area and, in the past, have found a higher collar to be quite uncomfortable.
The grip pattern on the sole is pretty standard, so a well tried and tested favourite there then, and I had no problems with grip during the hike. In fact the sole is quite solid compared to boots I have had in the past and I found there was very little twisting of the sole of the boot when I went over rocky areas - this was very good as my feet didn't slip about quite as much as usual.
The actual overall thickness of the sole is about 25mm with an additional 10mm of very nice cushioning, so my foot was already up off the cold, wet floor right from the start.
I have always been a fan of the particular lacing method that has been incorporated on many hiking boots, and it's good to see the Phoenix using it, as I have wide feet I like to keep the lower lace quite loose and the upper part much tighter around my ankle - this method gets a big thumbs up from me..!
Price wise, from size 7 to size 13, you're going to be paying around £60 all in [inc VAT & delivery] Now for my way of thinking I would say that's very good value for money considering these are up there at the top of the range for hiking boots.
more information on these boots, visit Hi Tec here - Hi-Tec Men's Phoenix Hiking Boot
Click here for the full Hi Tec Hiking boots range.
Technical specification of the HI Tec Phoenix Hiking Boots
- Rubber MDT durable 'hiking' outsole.
- Waterproof bootie construction to ensure you keep your feet dry
- Rustproof and gilly lacing system
- Collar is soft padded to give added comfort
- Ortholite sockliner gives you added cushioning plus, anti-odour and anti-microbial properties
All in all the Phoenix proved to be a very capable hiking boot, as you saw in the video, it was quite a difficult walk with lots of different terrain to give these boots a good test.
They kept my feet nice and dry throughout the hike and were very comfortable, especially as it was their first time out.
A lot of thought has gone into making these boots perform to high standards and for most of the time I didn't really know I had them on..!
They were very comfortable and a pleasure to go hiking in.
Without doubt, I highly recommend the Hi-Tec Phoenix as a serious hiking boot and will definitely be including them in my survival equipment as a permanent addition.
- Click here for the full Hi Tec Hiking boots range.