Meindl Himalaya MFS 2009

The Meindl Himalaya MFS 3-4 season boot has been around a few years, and it is a good sound design for hill and mountain walking at any time of year. It has a leather upper with a huge rubber rand for extra durability. You get a Gore-Tex waterproof lining too. There is plenty of protection and support with this boot, as the ankle cuff is quite high, the upper is nice and stiff and there is good stiffness in the sole too. Underfoot there is an aggressive sole unit. So this is excellent for snow and occasional crampon use as well as happily crunching through scree. Cushioning and the rolling action are also excellent so the walk-in along the valley path is also comfortable. There is lots of internal padding, which makes these boots very comfortable straight from the box. Overall this would be ideal if you just want one boot that does it all whatever the weather and terrain. But the price makes the Meindl Himalaya MFS much less appealing than its performance deserves. It is quite heavy too. The higher volume and generally wider feel of this boot means that it is not ideal for scrambling but of course it will suit some people better due to this fit. If you need all of its features and it fits well the price is less important of course.

Upper 2.8mm nubuck leather; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Meindl Multigrip Vibram double density sole
Sizes 6-12 (men’s); 3.5-8 (women’s)
Crampon compatibility B1
Weight 2160g (size 11)
Made in Germany
Stores in the UK 57

Verdict
The Meindl Himalaya MFS is a cracking all-round hill boot, but the price is a major drawback compared with other options that offer almost equivalent performance.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2009