Meindl Softline Ultra GTX (2012)

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 mixed materials to save weight and keep feet cooler, the most exposed toe section of the boot uses a single piece of suede to offer more protection and less chance of leaking. Both the toe and heel sections are incredibly well-protected, with a stiff rubber rand and heel counter. The ankle is quite high, with good padding that holds the foot in place well – in fact the padding is very good throughout. On muddy and rough terrain, the boot’s sole offers good grip, with widely spaced lugs that help to force out muck and provide traction.

Sizes: 6-12

Upper: Velour leather and mesh

Lining: Gore-Tex

Sole: Vibram Meindl Multigrip 2

Weight: 1,582g

Women’s version: Yes

Contact: 01539 560214; www.meindl.co.uk

*Published in Country Walking magazine, April 2012