Just when I thought I’d nailed my trail shoes, this comes along. The full name is the Hi-Tec V-Lite Trail Eruption (who thinks up these names?). I came across them on OM and thought: that looks rather good. The combination of the water resistent Ion Mask technology and a Vibram sole looked interesting. Researching the price (£79.99), I came across some at half price at sportshoes.com. The bargain hunter in me took over and I ordered a pair.
They arrived today. My first impression after a couple of short walks is that they are totally different to the Inov8 Roclite 320s. They are stiffer and there is more cushioning underfoot. They feel a bit like my Montrail Hardrocks, but slightly softer. The sole unit looks as though it will take some hammer, with good lugs.
I scientifically tested the upper by putting it under a running tap. The water beaded off nicely. Unlike the Roclites, they benefit from replacing the footbed with a green Superfeet one. Because of the extra underfoot cushioning they don’t feel as precise as the Roclites and are slightly heavier (421g per shoe).
This presents me with a bit of a dilemma as to which one to take on my next outing. I do like the idea of a bit of water resistance. They won’t be waterproof but shouldn’t soak up water like blotting paper. On the other hand, the Roclites are more precise. I reckon the Trail Eruptions might be rather good for Scotland, where durability and water resistance could be handy. My only critical observation out of the box are that the colour is not very attractive. I’ll keep you posted as I test them with a few dog walks over the next few weeks.