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2010

Hi-Tec V-Lite Infinity Trail Running Shoes review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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Johnny Rotten called it quits with the Sex Pistols in 1978. The departure of the iconic frontman ended the revolutionary run of the Sex Pistols. Hi-Tec started their operations that year and put a similar mark on outdoor footwear with the introduction of the first lightweight hiking boot.

Hi-Tec’s product offering has changed over the decades, and the V-Lite Infinity trail running shoe is the latest. The V-Lite Infinity touts a one-piece upper. The upper - Seamless Upper Zone Engineering – is advertised to reduce hot spots and blisters. The Hi-Tec V-Lite Infinity offers a Vibram outsole, micro fiber lining and a molded toe cap.

The first sight of the V-Lite Infinity burns the retinas from the reflective green detailing on the shoe for running at night. With your eyes in slight disarray, your attention will quickly change to comfortable feel of the micro fiber lining and the ample cushioning in the heel. The upper proved as breathable as Hi-Tec advertises. It regulates the temperature for your foot especially when the temperatures exceed 90 degrees. Your feet stay dry and are not wading in a perspiration puddle.

The multi directional lug pattern on the Vibram sole provides stability on changing trail surfaces. Next to a slight slip-on a surface that was a combo of gravel and dirt, the V-Lite Infinity stuck to the trail adequately. The molded toe cap is sturdy and was effective for protecting your toes.

The upper is partly covered with an ion mask.  The ion mask repels water from the V-Lite Infinity unless you misstep into a deep puddle or stream that is more than a few inches deep. That misstep will lead to a drenched V-Lite Infinity.

Hi-Tec LogoJohnny Rotten was an original in the punk era, and the Hi-Tec V-Lite Infinity is a new original from the outdoor footwear leader. The one-piece upper was comfortable and did not produce hot spots or blisters. The Hi-Tec V-Lite Infinity was featured in a Hi-Tec viral advertising campaign touting the pharisaical sport of liquid mountaineering. The V-Lite Infinity retails at $135 and is will be able at retailers Fall 2010.

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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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