If it’s social distancing and ventilated spaces you’re after, why not embark on a foot-warming winter hike in Mzansi’s wild open spaces? Three quarters of the country is blessed with cloudless skies at this time of year, and even the wettest Cape has its fair share of June gems. It can get chilly out, however – which is why you need to dress accordingly. Hi-Tec has got you covered…
Altitude Infinity AL Mid WP Hiking Boots
When prepping for a hike you always start with your feet and work your way up. And you can’t beat the Hi-Tec Altitude Infinity waterproof hiking boot for comfort and rugged durability. Featuring top-notch coated leather uppers and a breathable, waterproof Dri-Tec membrane, it’ll keep your feet cosy, dry and protected – whether you’re exploring the dizzying heights of the Drakensberg or the remote expanses of the Cederberg. When it comes to ‘driveability’ the high-profile M-D traction outsole combines with the V-Lite 365 foam midsole to ensure that you’ll never lose your footing or suffer from jarring in your knees…No matter how hectic the descent. Take the plunge and invest in the best. Your feet will thank you, now and for years to come.
The best hiking boots in the world are worth nothing if you pair them with substandard hiking socks. Thanks to their proprietary blend of 80% cotton, 17% polyester and 3% spandex, Hi-Tec’s purpose-built trekking socks offer an irresistible combination of extreme cushioning and maximum breathability. And the reinforced toe and heel mean they’ll last a lifetime. Take our advice and order more than one pair: you’ll soon be wearing these fetching navy numbers on the daily.
Henis Fleece Jacket
Wherever you choose to hike this winter, you’ll definitely be needing a jacket that’s warm enough to protect you when a front rolls in but small enough to bundle into your daypack when the midday sun shows its face. The slim-fit Hi-Tec Men’s Henis jacket doesn’t only tick both of these boxes, its full-length zipper means you can also choose to gradually let off steam as the day progresses. Made from state-of-the-art microfleece which never bobbles or attracts fluff, this is one seriously trendy garment.
Desna Rain Jacket (and a bonus beanie)
We’ve saved the best for last. The Desna rain jacket features impressive waterproof and breathability ratings and an ultra-modern matt synthetic fabric that doesn’t rustle every time you move your arms. What’s more, its understated grey-green design makes it arguably the most attractive rain jacket I’ve ever come across. The fact that the hoody folds into the collar is another nice touch.
While those in the northern half of the country might be tempted to leave the rain jacket behind, we reckon you should never head for the hills without one. The weather can change in an instant, especially at higher altitudes. For the same reason, it’s always a good idea to carry a beanie: you lose a lot of heat through your head, so the Hi-Tec Jersey Watch Beanie could literally save your life!
Now that you’re fully kitted out, all that remains is to choose your next outdoor adventure. Luckily, we South Africans are spoilt for choice…