This is the stuff I like see from Hi-Tec, the V-Lite Infinity HPI’s are a proper performance trail shoe. They’re light enough, 328g for a single UK9 and have reasonably low profile sole unit with great flexibility at the forefoot.
The upper is mesh, see the light coming through in the shot below, with a little extra padding around the heel area. The heel is a nice shape, neater than most Hi-Tecs which is good and another departure from the norm is the tongue which is joined all the way up to keep the crap out of your sock. There’s also some padding in the tongue, but like the heel area there’s not enough to absorb or hold much water, the Infinity’s should dry in the tent porch at camp just fine.
The outsole is a dual density Vibram unit which is quite deeply patterned, although the heel has a big centre block that looks a bit skiddy, time will tell. The midsole has some padding and there’s underfoot protection too, so hopefully there’s a mix of dexterity with ache avoidance built in, something that would make them a good start point for trail shoe doubters.
There’s reflective detailing and Ion Mask waterproofing in there too, all of which is good. It’s an interesting shoe and I’m away to kick its arse on the trails. I’ll report back as I go.