The Meindl Himalaya MFS is very much a traditional style of boot. The upper is leather with minimal stitching and the rubber rand is extremely high, meaning that the upper should last many years longer than most other boots’. This should also mean that users can easily resole it when the sole finally wears down, in the knowledge that the upper is good for years to come. For comfort the boot is lined with memory foam, which changes shape under body heat to allow a more precise fit. There is less forward flex in the ankle cuff, though, and that gives the Himalaya a slightly more restrictive feel when walking below the snowline. Underfoot there’s a good Vibram unit with deep and well-spaced lugs that give good grip on soft earth, rubble or snow. This sole is also one of the stiffest in our test, which makes it far better than most when used on snow, particularly when tackling steeper slopes, but it isn’t so good below the snow as it doesn’t allow an easy walking action. The Meindl Himalaya MFS also feels higher in volume inside than other models, which is great if you have wide feet, but it doesn't have the precise feel at the toe that others offer for scrambling.
Upper materials 2.8mm nubuck leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram Meindl Multigriff
Women’s sizes 3.5-8
Men’s sizes 6-12
Weight 2166g (pair, size 11)
The Meindl Himalaya MFS is stiffer than average 3-4 season boot that boasts a very durable upper and good performance above the snowline. The main drawback is that it isn’t so good for more precise scrambling or walking below the snow.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine December 2013