Hi-Tec Buyers Guides To Winter Boots

As the nights draw in, the British weather turns from bearable autumn showers to bone chilling bitterly winds, ice / frost and the constant threat of snow falls. Hi-Tec wants to ensure you are equipped for all conditions with this simple guide to keeping yourself on the move this winter! Choosing the appropriate Winter Boots that will help you tackle and protect you from the harshest of weather conditions will, of course, reducing your chances of slips, trips and falls during these treacherous times.

Hi-Tec Buyers Guides To Winter Boots

FEATURES TO LOOK OUT FOR IN YOUR WALKING BOOTS

  • Waterproofing

    There are various ways to make sure your boots are waterproof; one involves using a membrane technology constructed into the lining of the boots, the other uses what’s known as “seam-sealing”. Both methods are functional and have their own advantages. Membrane technologies are not only waterproof but they also allow a certain quantity of vapour transfer. This means that when your foot get hot and perspires the membrane will aid the transportation of these moisture molecules away from the foot and out through the upper materials. Seam-sealing as it implies waterproofs the areas where there are open seams in your footwear. Used mainly on naturally waterproof upper materials seam-sealing is a relatively better value option and doesn’t add any additional weight to your footwear.

  • ion mask™ Hydrophobic Water Management Treatment

    Whereas the above waterproofing treatments are built into the construction of your footwear there are also various waterproofing products that can treat your footwear from the outside-in. ion mask™ technology by P2i is not a waterproofing technology however it does ensure your product is kept dryer, lighter and cleaner for longer. This nano technology chemically bonds to the fibres of the upper material and therefore renders your footwear water resistant or “water-hating” for the lifespan of your product. Similar to how Teflon™ works on frying pans, where liquids are repelled and bead off, leaving no trace, ion mask™ has an addition benefit of keeping your footwear cleaner as dirt combined within the liquid molecules also runs off! A great benefit for your winter footwear needs!

  • Insulation

    It is important if you are planning any cold weather activities i.e. Après Ski or even just walking the kids to school in the snow, that your footwear offers you a level of heat retention and insulation. Thinsulate™ Insulation is featured on the majority of Hi-Tec Winter boots and in our opinion is the best footwear insulation available, providing warmth without the bulk. Thinsulate™ Insulation works by trapping insulating air and reflecting back the body’s radiant heat. Essential when temperatures drop below zero! Hi-Tec’s exclusive Thermo-Dri™ is a unique winter boot technology. Thermo-Dri™ integrates 200 grams of Thinsulate™ Insulation; seam sealed waterproofing, winter traction outsole and quality leathers. The ultimate in winter protection!

  • Winter Traction

    It is important if you are planning any cold weather activities i.e. Après Ski or even just walking the kids to school in the snow, that your footwear offers you a level of heat retention and insulation. Thinsulate™ Insulation is featured on the majority of Hi-Tec Winter boots and in our opinion is the best footwear insulation available, providing warmth without the bulk. Thinsulate™ Insulation works by trapping insulating air and reflecting back the body’s radiant heat. Essential when temperatures drop below zero! Hi-Tec’s exclusive Thermo-Dri™ is a unique winter boot technology. Thermo-Dri™ integrates 200 grams of Thinsulate™ Insulation; seam sealed waterproofing, winter traction outsole and quality leathers. The ultimate in winter protection! With the onset of winter many people have to take care especially travelling to, from and entering their work, there are three major factors that have to be considered: • Rain water, according to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) most accidents happen due to people running into their workplace with wet shoes. Canopies placed outside the entrance with a good water absorbent carpet will prevent some of the accidents from happening. It is also an idea to try and prevent employees from walking across grass land as this becomes very slippery when wet, if it is in the workplace place barriers around grass and dirt and encourage employees to stick to pathways. • Ice and snow, as we all know this can be a very dangerous, Health and Safety managers have to do a risk assessment of all driveways, pedestrian walkways and even shortcuts which include shaded and sloped areas and put a plan into action. Procedures have to put in place so that when the temperature falls below a certain point there are people that deposit sand and salt to these areas. • Wet leaves, these can be as slippery as ice, they have to be swept off all walkways, if left on walkways they also hide any trip hazards that may be on the paths, and again procedures have to be put in place to remove all leaves from paths and driveways. In order to combat potential slips, trips or falls your winter footwear should have an aggressive “lug” pattern. Lugs are the raised areas on the outsole of your product that ensure you grip and have high levels of traction on whatever surface you are walking on. The more extreme your activity the more aggressive these lugs should be! Hi-Tec’s winter traction outsole offers unbeatable durability and protection with carbon rubber winter lugs ensuring you keep grounded.

TOP TIPS

  • • Shop for your boots at the end of the day, which is when your feet are swollen and at their biggest. This will give you a true reflection of their size after a long day’s hiking or tobogganing!
  • • Be sure to take with you to the store the socks you will choose to wear with your boots! These will have a dramatic effect on the fit of your boots as the thicker the sock the more volume they will take up!
  • • Be sure to first wear your new boots, in doors, for a period of time. You can then always take them back if you are not 100% satisfied as the outsole will not be marked.
  • • It is important to invest as much as you can afford on quality winter footwear. As we have highlighted above, they could even be considered a life saver in certain conditions and will be worth the investment helping you and your boots last longer!

SEE ALL OUTDOOR

Footwear

BEST WINTER BOOT BUYS

TOP TIPS

  • • Shop for your boots at the end of the day, which is when your feet are swollen and at their biggest. This will give you a true reflection of their size after a long day’s hiking or tobogganing!
  • • Be sure to take with you to the store the socks you will choose to wear with your boots! These will have a dramatic effect on the fit of your boots as the thicker the sock the more volume they will take up!
  • • Be sure to first wear your new boots, in doors, for a period of time. You can then always take them back if you are not 100% satisfied as the outsole will not be marked.
  • • It is important to invest as much as you can afford on quality winter footwear. As we have highlighted above, they could even be considered a life saver in certain conditions and will be worth the investment helping you and your boots last longer!

SEE ALL OUTDOOR

Footwear

Checklist

  • WATERPROOFING - will your boots keep the water out?
  • ION-MASK™ - Stay dryer, lighter and cleaner!
  • INSULATION - Are the boots fully insulated?

TOP TIPS

  • • Shop for your boots at the end of the day, which is when your feet are swollen and at their biggest. This will give you a true reflection of their size after a long day’s hiking or tobogganing!
  • • Be sure to take with you to the store the socks you will choose to wear with your boots! These will have a dramatic effect on the fit of your boots as the thicker the sock the more volume they will take up!
  • • Be sure to first wear your new boots, in doors, for a period of time. You can then always take them back if you are not 100% satisfied as the outsole will not be marked.
  • • It is important to invest as much as you can afford on quality winter footwear. As we have highlighted above, they could even be considered a life saver in certain conditions and will be worth the investment helping you and your boots last longer!

SEE ALL OUTDOOR

Footwear

Stockists

    TOP TIPS

    • • Shop for your boots at the end of the day, which is when your feet are swollen and at their biggest. This will give you a true reflection of their size after a long day’s hiking or tobogganing!
    • • Be sure to take with you to the store the socks you will choose to wear with your boots! These will have a dramatic effect on the fit of your boots as the thicker the sock the more volume they will take up!
    • • Be sure to first wear your new boots, in doors, for a period of time. You can then always take them back if you are not 100% satisfied as the outsole will not be marked.
    • • It is important to invest as much as you can afford on quality winter footwear. As we have highlighted above, they could even be considered a life saver in certain conditions and will be worth the investment helping you and your boots last longer!

    SEE ALL OUTDOOR

    Footwear