Meindl has a well-established reputation for producing extremely comfortable and durable leather hillwalking boots, and the Kansas follows this trend. It has a full leather upper that instantly feels robust in the hand. There’s a rubber rand around the toe box to improve durability on rockier ground, although as there’s so little stitching and so few separate panels, this boot is going to be very durable anyway. Meindl’s typical soft padding around the ankle cuff should make this stiff boot comfortable, but you also get some articulation at the ankle to allow a little more lateral and forward flex without discomfort. Underfoot there is a Meindl Multigrip sole unit with a reasonable spread of lugs and a good heel breast to create good grip on most terrain. Stiffness in the sole is good too, with toe-to-heel and lateral support as well as good resistance to jagged stones when scrambling over rock. On the foot all these features come together well to provide a very natural sensation that’s ideal for general hillwalking and particularly for rockier ground. The boot is a little heavier than others, though, and some people may just prefer a less supportive design.
Upper materials nubuck leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Meindl Multigrip, PU shock absorber
Men’s sizes 6-12
Women’s sizes 3.5-8
Weight 1708g (pair, size 11)
The Meindl Kansas is a very good general hillwalking boot for those who are looking for good support and durability on a wide range of terrain.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2013