Technologies

Discover the tech in Hi-Tec

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  • Waterproof

Truly waterproof and breathable.

WATERPROOF, BREATHABLE MEMBRANE 

The Dri-Tec membrane gives you superior waterproofing and excellent vapour transmission to maximise your performance in even the wettest of environments.

MICROSCOPIC PORES

Millions of microscopic pores in the Dri-Tec membrane allow water vapour to escape without allowing water droplets in, keeping feet dry and comfortable.

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  • Water & Dirt Protection

Stay Clean, Stay Light

Created by Hi-Tec, i-Shield is an invisible protective layer that repels water and dirt with ease. Stay clean: i-Shield's inherent stain resistance protects against oil and stains, keeping your footwear cleaner for longer. Stay light: i-Shield repels water and significantly reduces water uptake, keeping your footwear light and comfortable.

  • Insulation

Thin, warm, light

What makes Thinsulate™ insulation so important to a cold weather boot?

Three words: thin, warm, light.

Thinsulate™ insulation works by trapping air molecules between you and the outside. The more air a material traps in a given space, the greater it’s insulating value. Because the Microfibers in Thinsulate™ insulation are far finer than other fibres, they trap more air in less space, which naturally makes it a better insulator.

The unique fibres of Thinsulate™ insulation are about ten times smaller than the fibres of other synthetic insulations, which means they’re much more efficient at trapping air…and much more effective at keeping you warm.

  • Insulation
  • Waterproof

Keep your feet both warm and dry

Thermo-Dri is a unique technology developed exclusively by Hi-Tec which integrates Thinsulate™ insulation from 3M with Hi-Tec’s Dri-Tec waterproof membrane, keeping feet both warm and dry.

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  • Lightweight

Lightweight technology where it matters

The next generation of V-LITE: a considered collection of lightweight, instantly comfortable footwear with technology and performance where it matters.

V-Lite Standards:

  • Reduced weight and increased comfort through construction, components and materials
  • Minimum use of rubber while retaining outsole performance
  • Lightweight midsole cushioning technology

Why V-LITE?

As every pound of weight on your feet is equivalent to five pounds on your back, our V-LITE technology makes a real difference to your performance. In 1976, the world’s first lightweight hiking boot, the Sierra Lite was created. It was inspired by one simple principle – instant lightweight comfort, an idea that has remained at the heart of our company for over 40 years.

  • Durable
  • Grip

Excellent performance outsoles

Vibram® is the world leader in high performance rubber compounds. Vibram® soles are always produced with three objectives: Traction, Comfort and Protection.

1 MILLION KM 

Over 1 million km of testing on Vibram® products to ensure the highest performance.

70 YEARS EXPERIENCE

Over 70 years of knowledge and expertise producing the world’s best rubber soles.

120 COUNTRIES

Make products for companies in over 120 countries worldwide.

  • Energy Optimising

Walk further and longer

Vibram® RollinGait System (RGS) is an innovative technology that helps the natural roll of the foot, blending form and flexibility. It has been specially developed to optimise energy output, reduce muscle fatigue and helps you walk for longer. When the foot first hits the ground, the centre of pressure moves from the heel to the metatarsus and then the toes. The unique curved shape of the RGS sole supports the natural movement of the foot on the ground, step after step. LESS ENERGY CONSUMPTION + LESS MUSCLE FATIGUE = MORE ENDURANCE

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  • Grip

Designed to deliver the perfect balance of traction, protection and durability.

Chamfered lugs allow dirt to be released quickly, improving traction on wet and other types of terrain.

Forward lugs are angled to encourage propulsion whilst rear lugs are angled to encourage breaking. Lugs are opened up in flex points to allow better flex and reduce foot fatigue.

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  • Lightweight Fork Shank

Stay on track, stay in control.

A lightweight, ergonomically designed midfoot insert used to enhance the transition from heel to toe for support without adding any extra weight or bulk.

  • Breathable
  • Comfort

OrthoLite® insoles delivers superior cushioning and long lasting comfort

COMFORT FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Long Term Cushioning

Unlike traditional insoles, the compression set of OrthoLite® insoles is less than 5% over time so the cushioning and fit never change inside the shoe, providing maximum comfort every time you put your shoes on.

High-Level Breathability

OrthoLite®’s open-cell PU foam is 95% to 100% breathable, allowing air to circulate in and around the insole, keeping the foot cooler inside the shoe.

Moisture Management

The unique open-cell structure of OrthoLite® insoles creates a moisture management system, helping to move moisture away from the foot to provide a cooler, drier, healthier shoe environment.

Lightweight

OrthoLite® insoles are lightweight, enhancing the performance of the shoes with airy comfort.

  • Breathable
  • Comfort

OrthoLite® Impressions insoles with slow recovery foam delivers superior cushioning

Customised, Comfortable Fit

This slow recovery foam made with 50% bio-oil content compresses to take the shape of the foot over time and creates a customised, comfortable fit. The breathability of the Impressions foam offers a unique performance benefit compared to regular memory foam.

 

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  • Increase In Size

Ever wish shoes would grow with your kids?

Hi-Tec’s Big-Fit system does, with its two insoles, one to cushion and one that can be removed as feet grow. When new, both insoles keep their little feet secure and cushioned. When their feet grow the volume adjustor is removed increasing the shoe by approximately half a size.

Less expense, more adventures.