Meindl Piz Palu GTX (2013)

The Piz Palu is part of Meindl’s Alpine range and it benefits from Duratherm insulation to keep your feet warm on high Alpine peaks. The upper is a mix of leather and synthetic materials with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining, and this has good durability thanks to the rubber rand. The outsole is a very impressive Vibram unit with deep, well-spaced lugs and it is ideal for crunching through snow and ice either when mountaineering or crossing glaciers. There is a smooth area under the toe to improve grip on rock when climbing. On the foot this has in my view a typical Meindl feel of being slightly more spacious than some boots but very comfortable. The toe profile is not as close as more dedicated mountaineering boots but it still allows a reasonable precision on foot placement. The ankle cuff is quite high and very supportive, which is good for climbing, but not so good for walking when even those of us who like ankle support want some forward flex in the ankle area. It’s also a relatively heavy boot compared to others here, despite offering a similar range of performance and features.

Upper materials velour leather Lorica, Duratherm insulated
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram
Women’s sizes 3.5-8
Men’s sizes 6-12
Weight 2266g (pair, size 11)


The Meindl Piz Palu GTX is a relatively heavy boot but with a more supportive ankle cuff than many and so it is not quite so good for walkers who want ankle flex or mountaineers who want minimal weight.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2013