Remain dry, comfortable and comfortable in various weather conditions in the Equilibrio Bijou thanks to the Dri-Tec membrane and plush cushioning and fabrics that have been chosen.
Nobody likes exploring in soggy shoes, that's why the Equilibrio Bijou is made with a Dri-Tec Membrane. This feature allows the shoe to prevent water getting inside of the shoe but at the same time, allows cool air to flow in at the same time as releasing warmer air. This will allow the inside of the shoe and the wearer's feet to remain cool, dry and comfortable at all times. A Hi-Tec specific feature is known as an I-Shield which in an invisible, protective layer has also been added to the upper which repels dirt as well as water, this can help prevent muck and debris getting inside of the shoe. The I-Shield is also resistant to stains so the shoe stays in great condition and looks more appealing for longer. A Premium Suede has been chosen to construct the upper as it is a superbly durable material which will protect the shoe and foot from potentially rough and loose terrain which could cause damage. This fabric is also extremely flexible and will allow the shoe to wrap the foot with ease for a snug and supportive fit. Plush padding has been added to the collar and tongue which will provide the wearer with long-lasting comfort and help to prevent chafe and discomfort that could occur on longer days exploring. The closure feature chosen for this shoe is a traditional lacing system which can be quickly and easily adjusted to offer the wearer a snug, supportive and personal fastening. The Eyelets are made from a Rust-proof metal which will keep the fastening system in good condition for longer, therefore allowing the wearer to receive a secure fit for a longer period of time. The shoe is lined with a Micro-Fleece fabric which draws excess sweat and moisture away from the skin and moves it to outer fabric layers where it can be evaporated. This feature is ideal for keeping the inside of the shoe and the foot as cool, dry and comfortable as possible, especially on warmer days.
The footbed is made from a blend of Ortholite and Slow Recovery Foam. The perforated top layer provides ultimate breathability, meaning this fabric draws excess sweat and moisture away from the skin and moves it to outer layers where it can be easily evaporated. The Slow Recovery Foam moulds to the shape of the wearer's foot to create a customised fit. A Structured EVA cradle has been added to the midsole which provides additional arch support and stability, which underfoot grooves allow additional air-flow for increased cooling. A Forkshank has been added to the midsole which is an ergonomically designed insert which is used to enhance the natural transition of the foot from heel-to-toe for much-needed support without additional weight and unnecessary bulk. CMEVA has also been chosen to construct the midsole of the Equilibrio Bellini. This specific type of EVA works fantastically at absorbing impact and offers the wearer plush cushioning and long lasting comfort.
MDT rubber constructs the outsole. MDT is a superbly durable material which will allow the shoe to protect the foot and remain in great condition for longer. This rubber will also offer supreme grip, keeping the wearer stable on their feet in various weather conditions.
Hi-Tec Sports was founded in 1974, in Shoeburyness, Essex, England, by Frank Van Wezel. The company moved its headquarters to Southend-on-Sea, before relocating its head office to Amsterdam.
Hi-Tec Sports USA was started in Modesto, CA in 1978 by Duke and Kathy Jones. They developed the first lightweight hiking boot. This became the main success of Hi-Tec Sports USA. They also developed and named the "Magnum" boot. Duke and Kathy Jones sold their percentage of Hi-Tec Sports USA back to Frank Van Wezel in 1990.
In 1988, the company was floated on the London Stock Exchange. Frank van Wezel bought the company back in 2000. It remains privately held. In 2013, Hi-Tec founder and chairman Frank van Wezel, was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration by Anglia Ruskin University.Manufacturer product code - HITO005930021