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Meindl Kansas (2014)

£165.00

The Kansas is a typically robust design from Meindl. The upper is made from leather with minimal stitching to ensure this area of the boot is very durable and well-suited to a long, hard life on the rockier hills. There is good support at the heel and toe as well, which again makes this ideal for rockier ground. The ankle ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Meindl Respond (2014)

£120.00

The Meindl Respond is very much an all-round outdoor shoe with a good range of general features. So you get a mesh upper with a waterproof lining and some suede leather overlays to provide some durability. The heel cup offers very good support for uneven ground while the toe box is less protective, but it does get a rand for ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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First test: Meindl Bhutan MFS (2014)

£190.00

When Meindl released the Burma Pro in 1997, it was a game-changer – a tough 3-season boot with a multi-piece leather upper and an extremely comfortable lining. For the first time hillwalkers who wanted a stiff boot for rockier mountain trips and year-after-year durability didn’t have to suffer more uncomfortable traditional leather boots. The Meindl Burma Pro was ‘Best in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Meindl Himalaya MFS (2013)

£245.00

The Meindl Himalaya MFS is very much a traditional style of boot. The upper is leather with minimal stitching and the rubber rand is extremely high, meaning that the upper should last many years longer than most other boots’. This should also mean that users can easily resole it when the sole finally wears down, in the knowledge that the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Meindl Kansas (2013)

£160.00

Meindl has a well-established reputation for producing extremely comfortable and durable leather hillwalking boots, and the Kansas follows this trend. It has a full leather upper that instantly feels robust in the hand. There’s a rubber rand around the toe box to improve durability on rockier ground, although as there’s so little stitching and so few separate panels, this boot ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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First test: Meindl Toronto GTX (2013)

£140.00

Meindl revolutionised the comfort of hillwalking footwear in the early Nineties by making durable leather boots that were far more comfortable than they had ever been before. But now what we all want from a boot isn’t just about comfort; it’s also about weight and most recently price. The Toronto has been designed especially for the UK market to offer ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Meindl Kansas Waxed GTX (2012)

£160.00

A lovely looking boot with a tasty waxed leather upper and a chunky toe bumper. In action, it’s a good all-rounder with enough midsole support to cope with some higher, rockier forays yet not so much as to feel clumsy. It’s big for its size, and broad across the toe, so it won’t work well for those with narrower feet, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Meindl Piz Palu GTX (2013)

£280.00

The Piz Palu is part of Meindl’s Alpine range and it benefits from Duratherm insulation to keep your feet warm on high Alpine peaks. The upper is a mix of leather and synthetic materials with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining, and this has good durability thanks to the rubber rand. The outsole is a very impressive Vibram unit with deep, well-spaced ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Meindl Softline Light GTX (2012)

£150.00

Some boots have a distinct bias towards certain outdoor activities, and when it comes to the Meindl Softline Light GTX it’s definitely been designed with scrambling in mind. The sole is stiff to give you a solid platform on rock, with a great climbing zone at the front for edging on small ledges. A stiffened toe box covered with a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Meindl Softline Ultra GTX (2012)

£150.00

These have the feel of a serious boot, with a stiff chassis underfoot that provides stability and support, particularly over rougher ground. This becomes useful on longer walks too, because feet don’t tire as quickly as with softer-flexing boots. There is a decent enough ‘rocker’ in the sole that provides a pleasant walking action on harder ground. Although made from ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Meindl Himalaya MFS 2011

£230.00

The Meindl Himalaya has been around for a few years now, and it has always offered excellent performance for really tough mountain days when you are up against scree and snow for long periods. The upper is leather with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining, but to further protect the foot you also get a full rubber rand to ensure this is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Meindl Kansas Lady GTX

A great-looking boot made from tough, nubuck leather. The fit is really supportive – they’ve got a good women’s last that holds the foot in place and a high ankle cuff to protect from knocks and sprains. They’ve also got a great lacing system which uses a locking eyelet so you can get a comfortable fit right across your foot. ...

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Meindl Portland XCR

£115.00

Despite being a bit heavier than some shoes, the Portland still manage to get the balance of weight and stiffness just about right. The sole is plenty stiff enough for most uses and there is an excellent amount of heel hold to keep your foot locked in place over uneven ground and when walking downhill. They have great stability under ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Meindl Air Revolution Lite

£169.00

These Meindl boots fall into the stiffer, more robust category of fabric footwear, attempting to be a viable three-season boot. They have a really stiff sole and they did feel heavy on the foot – a sense exacerbated by their stiffness. The tread pattern has very deep lugs that really improve grip in grimy fields and on hillsides. There is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Meindl Respond XCR 2011

£105.00

The Meindl Respond XCR weighs 1004g (pair, size 11); Gore-Tex XCR waterproof lining; mesh upper for max breathability; durable protection around upper; good sole stiffness; good cushioning. But outsole lug pattern is relatively shallow so it’s not ideal for mud and grass slopes.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Meindl Kansas GTX 2011

£150.00

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, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 1.5
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Meindl Burma Pro MFS 2011

£180.00

The Meindl Burma Pro MFS features nubuck leather; Gore-Tex waterproof lining; memory foam; rubber rand for durability; excellent sole unit for general hill-walking; proven performance and frequent Trail’s  ‘Best in Test’ winner. But its weight of 1948g (pair, size 11) is just too heavy by modern standards; the price is too high compared with other options that provide most of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Meindl Matterhorn Extreme 2010

£265.00

The Meindl Matterhorn Extreme retains the GSB crampon mounting system that was originally developed by Grivel and Scarpa, and this allows the dedicated GSB crampons to be very easily fitted to the boot. Normal crampons can also be fitted though. The Matterhorn has a very high ankle cuff, which makes this more of a mountaineering boot that a winter walking ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Meindl Alpine Trek 2010

£210.00

As the name suggests the Meindl Alpine Trek is an excellent boot for Alpine trekking. It has a relatively lightweight upper that is made from synthetic materials, which also gives it a modern, stylish appearance. There is a waterproof lining inside the upper as well as a stretch ankle cuff so you get an ankle-hugging fit but with less restriction ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Meindl Borneo Pro MFS

£165.00

A luxurious boot, the Borneo Pro MFS has great leather padding on the inside, right up to the memory foam ankle cuffs. Stiff soles and heel section help to give good support over uneven terrain and the Vibram soles aid confidence with good levels of grip, although they did clog a little on some particularly sticky Cornish mud. The rubber ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Meindl Respond XCR

£100.00

A great compromise between weight, stiffness and comfort makes these ideal for all types of walking. The initial comfort is good and improves with a wear or two; and the lacing seems to work well in conjunction with the leather ribs and the well-shaped heel to hold the foot nicely in place. A Gore-Tex XCR liner keeps puddles and dew ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Meindl Alta Via 2010

£205.00

Any boot can be used for tackling scrambling and via ferrata routes, however some boots make the challenge easier. But if you are in no rush to push your limits to the max then a well-built general mountain walking and scrambling boot is ideal. The Meindl Alta Via fills this brief perfectly, thanks to its leather upper, rubber rand and ...

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Meindl Burma Pro MFS 2010

£175.00

The Meindl Burma Pro MFS is very popular and well-proven, thanks to the durable design and out-of-the-box comfort that have made it a Trail favourite for many years. You get a good leather upper with minimal stitching to ensure longevity, with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to keep feet dry. Inside a memory foam lining ensures extremely high levels of comfort ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Meindl Kansas GTX 2010

£136.00

The Meindl Kansas GTX is a new boot, and what is instantly attractive is the spec you get for the price. For £136 you are getting a leather upper that is free from too many panels and lines of stitching to fray. There is also a rubber toe rand for extra durability. The upper has good support for the foot, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Meindl Respond XCR 2010

£95.00

The Meindl Respond XCR weighs 1004g (pair, size 11); Gore-Tex XCR waterproof lining; mesh upper for breathability; durable protection around upper; sole stiffness good for mixed terrain; good cushioning. But outsole lug pattern is relatively shallow so not ideal for mud and grass; similar performance to many others.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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