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Meindl Kansas GTX 2011

£150.00

LFTO rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 1.5

The Meindl Kansas GTX was new for 2010 and it still looks pretty good today. The boot has a leather upper that is virtually stitch-free, so durability should be pretty good even on rocky ground. A rubber rand around the toe and forefoot adds a little extra protection for rockier ground too. The upper offers good support for the foot, and there is a waterproof lining. The sole unit has a decent pattern of lugs for general hill-walking on mixed terrain, plus a good degree of stiffness for rockier ground. Good cushioning takes the pain out of pounding down long rocky paths. Unlike the Meindl Burma, the Kansas sits closer to the ground, so you have a slightly better ‘feel’ when scrambling. Compared to the Meindl Burma the sole flex is a little softer, too, which again helps with walking. A great boot if you prefer something a little less stiff than a Meindl Burma. But if you want a boot for long days on very rocky ground, you might prefer something stiffer, such as the Meindl Burma. If you are a really hard user, then a boot with a full rubber rand rather than just one around the toe may be a better choice. There are of course plenty of boots that are lighter or lower in price than the Meindl Kansas GTX if that is your priority.

Upper 2.7mm nubuck leather; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Meindl Multi-grip, PU shock absorber
Sizes 6-12 (men’s); 3½-8 (women’s)
Weight 1744 (pair, size 11)
Made in Germany
Stores in the UK 110

The Meindl Kansas GTX is a superb boot at a good price for general hill and mountain walkers heading out in the UK or abroad.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011

User's Reviews

  • dont believe the hype

    pbridges

    User's Overall Rating rating is 1.5

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    Performancerating is 2
    Build qualityrating is 2
    Value for moneyrating is 1

    Not comfortable 'straight out of the box' actually took a lot of miles to break in. Also needs a very good footbed as the insole is very hard. After initial problems I wore these boots a lot and covered a lot of miles but after a year the rand on the toebox started to come adrift and allowed water in, not good. I asked Meindl for advice but although they did offer to inspect them I was told that if there was any damage to the interior Goretex lining then warranty is invalid any way,even if the damage is not where the water is getting in! I thought I was buying heritage, quality and craftsmanship, sadly these boots lasted one fifth of the length of time of my previous boots (that were consideably cheaper) even though I used Meindl proofer and conditioner and Meindl Sportwax when cleaning. To say I am disappointed in Meindl products is a big understatement. Not recommended, too expensive, short lifespan.

    (Written by: pbridges)

    30 August 2013 10:05

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