Owner Review - Hi-Tec Altitude II Sandals
- Name: Dwight Shackelford
Email address: Zydeholic@...
City, State, Country: Newark, CA
Backpacking Background: I just recently did a 3-day 20 miler in
Yosemite with a Sierra Club group. Before that, it had been 20
years since I'd done some backpacking, and that experience probably
put me off backpacking for that long, being too grueling, and me not
being in good enough shape (11 miles in an afternoon, with a 3000
foot change in elevation). The recent Yosemite trip has me jazzed
again, even though it was tough too. I'm now in the process of
putting together a backpacking system with an eye towards "light" if
d. No listed weight
e. Bathroom scale registers less than a pound..
f. Here's the manufacturers description:
· Nubuc leather upper with airmesh inserts
· 3 adjustable straps with moulded strap ends for easier pull
and ultimate foot fitting
· Soft neoprene lining
· Lightweight compression moulded EVA midsole for cushioning
· Micro fibre forefoot and heel pads for comfort
· Durable carbon rubber outsole
· MDT outsole design
Owners review: Hi-Tec Altitude II Sandals
I purchased these at the last minute, just before my Yosemite trip
to use for river crossings, and perhaps camp shoes. I got them
because they were the cheapest I could find in the little amount of
time I had to shop. And boy am I glad I got them. These shoes
saved my feet on the hike out of Yosemite.
I was wearing some somewhat heavy leather hiking boots for most of
the journey. They were about 20 years old, and all I had that was
broken in before the hike, though minimally, since I'd only worn
them 20 years before. They served me fine for most of the way as we
were hiking over snow maybe one fourth of the time.
We finally did have to ford one stream that we could not find a
downed tree to cross on, and I put them into action. I did not
leave them on to continue hiking because I was afraid of doing
something ridiculous like driving a twig up under a toenail, or
something like that.
The hike out was all downhill though. This is where my boots
started making me miserable. They had only vanilla insoles, and
were hard to lace up tight. My feet kept sliding forward with each
downhill step, and I started getting not just hot spots, but hot
feet. I was having a hard time keeping up with the pack. Finally
at one stream crossing I just said I had to do major damage control
on my tootsies. I pulled the boots off, taped up what problem areas
I could find, started to put the boots back on, then decided to put
the sandals on. The trail was looking like a freeway at that point,
and I didn't foresee any predatory twigs attacking my toes.
The affect was immediate. It was like heaven. The cush in these
sandals was just what my tired heels needed. They conformed to the
bottom of my foot well, met the shock of each step with a gentle
depress and then rebound, and I literally took off down the trail.
No more lingering behind the pack. I was right up with them and
enjoying it all, despite blisters and hot feet.
We started navigating parts of the trail that were rock strewn steam
beds, where there was nothing to walk on but rounded rocks, and this
did not deter me in the least. I just kept trucking at a pretty
I still love wearing these sandals. The cush and the rebound just
feel great on my feet. I do have some lingering foot pain from the
trip, but that was totally due to my boots and their unforgiving
insoles. When I wear the sandals, its very soothing. When I wear
my street shoes, it's a bit uncomfortable. So, the sandals are the
I bought these at Big 5 Sporting Goods, on sale for $25, and
complained about that. They're sandals for cripes sake. I guess I
was in a flip-flop state of mind. There were other sandals there
selling for $50. They are well worth the money, and I'm glad I have
them. They are even a size too large for me, but they were out of
my size, and the sales clerk pointed out that I could just cinch
them up by the Velcro straps. This worked, very well.
I just checked the bottoms and insoles of the sandals for wear and
found none, despite the extensive rock walking I did on the trip.
Time will tell how these hold up, but I'm very satisfied for the
Things I like:
The cushion in the heel.
The ease of cinching them to your foot, despite being too large.
The ease of putting them on due to the Velcro straps and not buckles.
Things I did not like:
Wouldn't mind a version of these that would protect the toes, but
then, it would not be sandals.
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