The Burma is a modern classic 3-season boot that regularly does well in Trail tests. The boot is based on a top quality nubuck leather upper that is free of too much stitching to enhance durability and water resistance, while stiffness in the toe, heel and upper help support the foot on rough rocky ground. You get a Gore-Tex waterproof lining too to help keep your feet dry. Meindl’s latest improvement of this classic is the Memory Foam System (MFS), which consists of special foam fitted inside the boot that moulds to the shape of your fit, for a closer fit. I also like the rubber rand that encircles this boot to further enhance durability. Underfoot a dual density Vibram sole unit provides excellent support and comfort. The stiffness and support are ideal for general hill and mountain walking, and few boots are regularly rated as highly as the Burma, so it must be good. So nothing really wrong here and this boot should be tried alongside the higher rated models. Some boots offer a little more durability, support or stiffness in the upper and some are a notch lower in price. Others gave a close fit, but this will depend on your foot shape. If you don’t want Gore-Tex then get the Meindl Borneo Pro MFS £130.
Upper: waxed 2.8mm nubuck leather, Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole: Meindl Vibram double density
Sizes: 6-12 (men’s); 3.5-9 (women’s)
Trail fit profile: forefoot 2; heel 2; volume 2; length 2
Weight: 1800g (pair, size 8.5)
Made in Germany
Stores in UK: England 120; Scotland 10; Wales 15; Ireland 8
Verdict: Buy it if you want one of the best waterproof leather hill and mountain walking boots on the market and prefer comfort over maximum support and durability.