March 29, 2019

BY: Toast (from WEG Magazine)

With a name like that it seems as if you can throw everything from a veld fire to a stampeding horde of wildebeest at this shoe! Well, and water, because it’s waterproof too – the Dri-Tec breathable membrane promises to keep your feet dry no matter where those wildebeest end up chasing you. Bring on the Mara River! 

The shoe has a real premium look and feel and you won’t want to take them off once you’re back home from the trail. Talking of which, that’s what these are for: the gnarliest trails in South Africa can come their way – they’re up for it! Weather ups and downs? No problem either. Sand, mud, rocks – can do.

We really liked the M-D Traction sole that stuck to slippery rocks, shale slopes and tufty grass sections alike. And you’ll leave a spoor worth remembering – even the jackal will stop to look at your tracks…

Inside the Wild-Fire Gamekeeper, comfort was on the designers’ minds with an Ortholite Impressions Sockliner and an ultra-impact-absorbing high rebound XLR8 CMEVA midsole which basically means you’ll feel like a mountain reedbuck once you’ve got these on your feet.

The shoe should give many years of service, with full grain leather uppers to match all the nifty design stuff inside. It’s not a heavy shoe, which translates into saving energy while going up and down through valleys. The durable fork shank provides extra durability and stability to help prevent injuries.

We combined them with Hi-Tec Trekking Socks and took them for a spin one rainy afternoon in the Mountain Zebra National Park – they didn’t let us down. In the long run the Wild-Fire Gamekeeper will be an essential shoe for serious hikers and weekend ramblers alike – it will do what you want it to do, it’s that simple. 

Find the Wild-Fire Gamekeeper on the Hi-Tec website & Hi-Tec retail stores nationwide. 

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