These three-season boots from Meindl feel great from the off, due in no small part to the wonderful leather lining and excellent padding on the tongue and heel. They are broad in the toe and a little long, meaning you might have to lace them very tight to get a firm fit on steep descents. The Borneo makes a top-notch hill/mountain boot, with a medium to stiff midsole, high ankle cuff and rubber protection for the nubuck leather upper. They have no waterproof membrane, so will need treating regularly to keep them waterproof, but this does make them a touch cooler and more breathable than boots with waterproof linings.
Verdict: A well-made boot that excels higher up the hill, but will still do a job on easier going. Ideal if you don’t want a waterproof membrane, and the broader toe box will suit those with wider feet.
Sizes: 6-16 (UK including half sizes up to 13)
Upper: 2.8mm oiled nubuck leather
Waterproof/breathable lining: No
Sole: Vibram with double density
Women’s version: No
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