Hi-Tec V-Lite Infinity HPI–($135/$130)

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Dec. 7, 2010

2010 Winter Running Shoe Review

Hi-Tec has effectively melded a running platform with a plastic-shanked dual-density midsole and Vibram outsole, and a supportive and lightweight upper that is coated with a hydrophobic Ion-Mask. The end product impressed our testers. The lower-volume seamless upper comes in on the narrow side, and the midsole is dense enough that it offers plenty of underfoot protection for rugged trails and feels firm underfoot while still absorbing shock. The rigidity makes for an abrupt transition that reflects Hi-Tec’s lightweight hiking heritage.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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