Meindl Vakuum GTX

This is a new 3-season boot from Meindl, and for our money it just about has the edge over the Meindl Burma Pro, even though it is a tenner more expensive. Firstly it’s a notch lighter in weight. I also like that full rubber rand, which provides extra protection when scrambling over rocks. The ankle cuff is a little softer than the Burma’s. Get the boot on and you feel just a little closer to the ground, with a smoother rolling action. The big story is the new lining that vacuum-packs your feet for a more comfortable feel. Underfoot the sole is a little more aggressive and less likely to clog with mud. Use this for walking, backpacking, scrambling and generally getting around the UK mountains and you’ll be well-prepared.
This is a £150 boot, and you can save money by getting the non-Gore-Tex version for £140. Some boots are lighter of course, but they are probably not as durable in the long term as this leather and rubber-randed affair. Another lower-priced option is the Meindl Borneo for £130, which also has a stiffer ankle cuff.

 

Upper: tanned 2.7mm nubuck leather, Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole: Meindl Vibram double density
Sizes: 6-14 (men’s); 3½-9 (women’s)
Weight: 1584g (pair, size 8)
Made in: Germany
Stores in the UK: 40

Verdict: A superb boot for regular mountain walking in the UK and abroad, and ideal if durability and performance are more important to you than weight or price.

 

First published in Trail magazine, April 2008