Hi-Tec V-Lite Thunder HPI - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

Most Versatile

You can certainly find less expensive day hikers out there, but you'd be hard-pressed to find any as versatile and sturdy as the Thunder. Testers reported this lightweight hiker was comfy and reliable during every stage of the review process—right out of the box, on day hikes, and even on overnights with 20-plus-pound packs. Credit its combination of forefoot flexibility (for easy striding) and rigid heel shank (for uneven trail support and stability). Plus, thanks to a proprietary "nano-coating" technology, the Thunder is both exceptionally water-resistant and still breathable enough to get high marks for wicking away moisture on a scorching hike in Tucson. 13.3 oz; hi-tec.com
Support: 3.7
Comfort: 4.6

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