The Meindl Kansas GTX is a new boot, and what is instantly attractive is the spec you get for the price. For £136 you are getting a leather upper that is free from too many panels and lines of stitching to fray. There is also a rubber toe rand for extra durability. The upper has good support for the foot, and there is a waterproof lining. The outsole has an aggressive lug pattern that is great for giving a grip in mud, plus a good degree of stiffness for rockier ground. Decent cushioning is also provided, again to make that rockier ground comfortable. The boot has a lower ride height than the Meindl Burma, for example, so it feels much better for scrambling. The sole also flexes slightly more easily with the foot when walking compared to the Burma. Overall it just feels a little softer and easier on the foot. But the extra stiffness of the Meindl Kansas GTX’s sole and upper is of benefit for rockier ground. The Kansas’s rubber rand is only at the toe and does not extend all the way around the boot. You don’t get the memory foam lining of the Meindl Burma either. Other boots are slightly lighter with similar performance.
Upper 2.7mm nubuck leather; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Meindl Multi-grip, PU shock absorber
Sizes 6-12 (men’s); 3½-8 (women’s)
Weight 1836g (pair, size 11)
Made in Europe
Stores in the UK 200
The Meindl Kansas GTX is a superb new boot that looks set to become extremely popular, because for the price this offers all that many hill and mountain walkers will need.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2010