Meindl Himalaya MFS 2011

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 an extremely durable boot. There’s excellent stiffness in the upper for support and also in the sole for kicking the edges of the boot into snow or crunching through scree. Underfoot there’s a Vibram sole unit with a good set of lugs for all-round grip on a variety of terrain. The boot is very comfortable thanks to the memory foam used inside, but it’s a little heavy compared to other options, which detracts slightly from the performance. But the main problem here is the price, as while the Meindl Himalaya MFS is a great boot there are other great boots out there that cost less. But if you can afford it then you’ll get many years of great performance. There is a women’s version available, which is not the case for all the boots in this test.

Upper materials nubuck leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram Meindl Multigriff
Women’s sizes 31.5-8
Men’s sizes 6-12
Weight 2160g (pair, size 11)
Website www.meindl.co.uk

The Meindl Himalaya MFS is a cracking boot for really tough terrain in year-round mountain conditions, but the price lets it down compared to what else is on offer for less cash.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2011