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 cuff is very supportive, with an exceptionally soft cuff to ensure this area of the boot is also comfortable when traversing slopes. Extra durability is provided by the rubber rand around the toe. Underfoot there is a Meindl Multigrip sole unit with a reasonable spread of lugs and a good heel breast to create decent grip on most terrain. There is also good stiffness in the sole for use on jagged rocks such as those found on the rockier peaks. In use the Meindl Kansas feels great for general hillwalking, backpacking or scrambling over rockier ground. It’s a little heavier than other models but then many lighter options aren’t as durable and often don’t provide the support on rockier terrain that’s offered here. The Meindl Kansas costs £5 more than in 2013 but it remains a favourite for long-term performance where that small increase in price will effectively be spread over many years of use.
Upper materials nubuck leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Meindl Multigrip, PU shock absorber
Men’s sizes 6-12
Women’s sizes 3.5-8
Weight 1702g (pair, size 11)
The Meindl Kansas is a durable and supportive boot that’s ideal for regular trips to the UK hills and mountains, as well as trekking abroad.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine May 2014