Owner-written reviews at six different sources recommend the Hi-Tec Altitude IV WP boots as an excellent value that last years, and most users emphasize their superior traction on slippery hike surfaces. Though there's no waterproof lining the leather is treated for water resistance, which some experts prefer to waterproof linings for letting sweat evaporate. If you want even cooler hiking shoes for hot weather -- especially in a dry climate -- reviewers recommend the Merrell Moab Ventilator (*Est. $90). The Hi-Tec Altitude WP is the men's version; the women's version is the Hi-Tec Glide WP (*Est. $90).
We found no professional comparison tests of these budget hiking boots, but there are lots of owner-written reviews and ratings at Zappos.com, Amazon.com and OnlineShoes.com. Buzzillions.com consolidates reviews and ratings from quite a few sites, and reviews at Trailspace.com are especially useful for evaluating traction.
More than one hundred reviewers at this popular online shoe retailer give the Hi-Tec Altitude IV a near-perfect 5-star rating. Although a few commenters rank this boot as slightly narrow or running a little small, most feel that it runs true to size, and give it very high marks for comfort and support.
Review: Hi-Tec Altitude IV, Contributors to Zappos.com
More than 170 men and a handful of women review the Hi-Tec Altitude IV hiking boots. Most report that these boots are comfortable and amazingly durable for the price, giving them an overall rating of 4.5 stars.
Review: Hi-Tec Men's Altitude IV Hiking Boot, Contributors to Amazon.com
Almost 50 owners review the Hi-Tec Altitude IV, praising its comfort, durability, and overall value. One woman praises this boot's traction, even on slippery wet logs.
Review: Hi-Tec Altitude IV, Contributors to OnlineShoes.com
This site consolidates owners' reviews and ratings from many websites, finding more than 150 for the Hi-Tec Altitude IV. The majority of feedback is quite positive (there are more than 130 5-star reviews), with just a few complaints about durability or poor waterproofing.
Review: Hi-Tec Altitude IV (Men's), Contributors to Buzzillions.com
More than a dozen users review the Hi-Tec Altitude IV here. It receives only a 4-star rating, but is still one of the top-rated hiking boots at this site. Hikers say these boots are waterproof, and one notes that traction is excellent even on wet rocks.
Review: Hi-Tec Altitude IV, Contributors to Trailspace.com
Fewer than 10 owner-written reviews cover an earlier version of the Hi-Tec Altitude, giving it a positive average rating of 4 stars (out of 5). One reviewer complains that they can't be resoled, but because of the low price, users seem happy enough to just buy a new pair when needed.
Review: Hi-Tec Altitude Review, Contributors to TheBackpacker.com