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Hi-Tec‌ ‌Raven‌ ‌boot‌ review: a solid women’s boot with waterproof protection

Solid and supportive, the Hi-Tec‌ ‌Raven‌ boot is a great pick for less challenging paths

Hi-Tec Raven boot
(Image: © Hi-Tec)

Our Verdict

The Hi-Tec Raven has a solid construction and offers a decent level of waterproof protection, but some drawbacks stop this boot from being suitable too far away from established country paths.

For

  • Good support
  • Good lacing system

Against

  • Grip is lacking

First impressions

Cheaper-fabric hiking boots can feel flimsy; not so the Hi-Tec‌ ‌Raven‌ ‌boot‌, which offers good support and a good lacing system to keep your foot and ankle protected as you hike, which bestows confidence while on the trails.

The Hi-Tec Raven is waterproof enough to put up with rainy and wet conditions – water beads right off the outer fabric – but the boot is still reasonably breathable, making it a good choice for changeable spring and autumn weather.

Specifications

RRP: £90 (UK) / $90 (US)
Weight (per boot): 450g / 16oz
Materials: Dri-Tec fabric upper with waterproof membrane, EVA midsole, carbon rubber outsole
Colors: Navy and Magenta / Black and Grape Wine
Compatibility: Wear on well-groomed trails in changeable conditions

On the trail

On test we really liked the cut and design of the ankle cuff on the Raven, which is well-cushioned with mesh for comfort and breathability.

Where the Raven doesn’t perform as well as some of the other budget boots we tested out is grip. This boot doesn’t sport deep lugs on its soles, so it can end up feeling a tad slippery on thick mud or wet ground. We’d keep the Raven firmly on more established trails.

Like many fabric boots, the Raven also isn’t warm enough to work well on exposed trails or peaks in bitter winter weather – pick a leather or insulated pair of boots when the temperature drops.

But, while these rubber soles don’t grip brilliantly, they are light and comfortable underfoot, springing back nicely as you walk and making these boots a good choice for long days of trekking. The toe box also offers great solid protection despite the boot’s light weight.