When it comes to 4-season boots, Meindl has followed Scarpa by taking advantage of the GSB crampon mounting system, which allows dedicated crampons to slot into the front of the boot while a tail clip locks the rear of the crampon in place. This is possibly the easiest, quickest and safest crampon mounting available. Apart from GSB, the Meindl Matterhorn Extreme has a Gore-Tex lining and lots of padding for warmth and comfort. The very stiff upper and the high ankle cuff create excellent protection and support for the foot on steep mountaineering terrain. A high rubber rand protects the upper on rock while an aggressive sole unit adds plenty of bite when crampons are not fitted. The boot rides close to the ground for good climbing dexterity and generally feels great on the foot. But the rolling action of the Meindl Matterhorn Extreme’s heel is not quite as smooth as some more walking-orientated boots. The price tag is very high compared with Scarpa’s GSB boot (but this does have a Gore-Tex waterproof lining, a slightly higher ankle cuff and a bit more padding). It is a little heavy too.
Upper suede leather, Lorica synthetic materials
Sole Vibram GSB crampon-compatible
Crampon compatibility B2
Weight 2190g (pair, size 11)
Made in Germany
Stores in the UK 10Verdict
The superb GSB crampon attachment system makes this boot ideal for serious winter walking if you prefer a little more padding and a waterproof lining.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2008