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Testing out the Hi-Tec Trail OX Chukka | WP Boots My Life | My Reviews 31 OCT 2016

A little while ago I got sent a pair of Hi-Tec Trail OX Chukka | WP boots to give them a bit of a run and see what they are all about. (The odd name becomes a little less odd when you realise that OX stands for crossover – i.e. intended for both casual and trail use, and that the WP stands for waterproof).

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When I was younger (and believe it or not, extremely sporty), I used to swear by the Hi-Tec brand when it came to squash shoes which I used for both my badminton and squash court running about. Then I got into hiking, and it was a natural move to again favour the Hi-Tec brand in this particular realm.

Fast forward to today, and I am rather pleased to see them delving into the idea of making boots that are both practical and reasonably stylish as well.

The first thing that surprised me was just how light the shoes felt when I lifted them out of the box. Don’t get me wrong, these are not light as a feather shoes by any stretch of the imagination, but given their very rugged styling, they are in fact a lot lighter than what they look!

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As expected, the padding and support from the boot is exceptionally good, whilst the Michelin branded rubber soles are firm and quite ‘grippy’. (Plus, this shoe is so damn comfortable in its fitting. I don’t know how they do it.)

The waterproofing seems to work surprisingly as well, as my socks are yet to get wet whilst wearing these shoes (a mind-boggling feat for my little girls as you might imagine!). That said though, the waterproofing does come at a price of the shoe not being ‘breathable’ in the slightest – so expect sweaty/clammy toes when removing these boots after a long day’s worth of walking!

I’ve genuinely fallen in love with these shoes, meaning that they have now become my defacto go to shoes whenever I need to wear jeans or any other long pants – even if it is for no more than a quick walk to the shopping mall!

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(Oh, and naturally they perform quite brilliantly on the more rugged and natural stuff like gravel roads, river beds, vineyard fields, and grassy hills. As one would have expected them to I guess.)

Good shoes then these Hi-Tec OX Chukkas. #EverydayAdventure

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Entertaining the Kids on a Wet May Weekend My Life 01 JUN 2015

This past weekend was pretty wet – proper winter weather in other words. It was a work weekend for Chantelle, working a split shift on Saturday and then a full on Sunday – but neither this nor the weather was enough to stop myself and the girls from enjoying a weekend full of fun!

IMG_20150531_152331 jessica, emily and craig lotter family selfie

Although our original plan for Saturday had been to head out to The Giraffe House for some animal feeding fun, the exposed nature of the place plus the wet weather didn’t make for a great combination, and so instead the plan was changed and Chantelle, Jessica, Emily and I headed off to Joostenberg Vlakte for some fun at the far more suitable Bugz Family Playpark!

With the outdoor area shut due to the weather, all the kids were running wild in the inside play area, and despite the noise and activity, both Emily and Jessica got a kick out of stretching their legs and climbing and sliding over everything that got in their way! :)

In other words, a particularly good way to tire out both little ones and make for a rather relaxed Saturday evening back home whilst Chantelle worked out the rest of her shift…

IMG_20150530_141916 chantelle, jessica and emily eating snacks at bugz playpark

Sunday on the other hand I was flying solo with the girls, and so I decided to make the most of a gloomy day and head out for adventure to Butterfly World, another location that works okay regardless of the weather.

First things first though, we needed to do a spot of shopping, in particular we needed to find a pair of boots for Emily.  After a few failed attempts, we eventually found something suitable at Shoe City, and with Jessica’s approval on the final design chosen, Emily was at last outfitted with her very first set of gumboots – pink Princess Sofia the First ones of course!

IMG_20150531_122320 emily lotter wearing her new boots from shoe city

With the shopping part of the morning now done, next up it was pancakes at Blaauwklippen Family Market (delicious as always), followed by a pony ride for Jess – seriously, she is in love with this pony ride thing!

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Emily was particularly cute stomping around in her new boots mind you.

IMG_20150531_132852 jessica lotter riding a pony at blaauwklippen family market

Finally, it was time for the long drive through to Klapmuts and Butterfly World, where on entry it was a nice surprise to see ticket prices lowered by 25% due to the cold weather – essentially the butterflies aren’t particularly active on wet, gloomy days.

Nevertheless, butterflies or not, Butterfly World has plenty of furry, scaly and feathered critters for the little ones to see, and as expected, Jessica and Emily had quite the ball – with us spending more than just a couple of hours wandering around the place.

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We ended off the day by grabbing a bite to eat from the cafe, before jumping back in the car and making the long trip back home – with both girls enjoying quite the lengthy nap in the process!

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In other words, a good weekend with my little princesses despite the miserable wet May weather! :)