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Meindl Burma - A Classic

If you need to burn off any Christmas excess, try some winter walking. Graham Thompson puts five hardy pairs of boots through their paces

BEST FOR ALL-ROUND HILL-WALKING
MEINDL BURMA PRO MFS

The original Burma was one of the first leather boots to be both supportive and comfortable enough to wear straight out of the box. Its modern incarnation adds MFS (Memory Foam System) — an inner lining, which, when warmed by your body temperature, softens and adjusts to the shape of your foot. There is also a waterproof Gore-Tex lining. These boots will see you safely through all hill conditions: the sole has enough grip to keep you moving over winter mud and slush, while the bouncy, well-cushioned ride is ideal for negotiating hard rock paths.

Verdict: Long-lasting, built from top-quality materials and comfortable too.

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Fit for the Field

The Burma Pro MFS Boots from Meindl are a solid boot with loads of interesting features. The boots’ uppers are made from waxed Nubuck leather with soft padded collar and a padded bellows tongue under a lacing system that incorporates three sets of fixed ‘P’ rings, and four sets of hooks for speed.

The lowest hooks ‘lock’ the laces for differential tensioning, and the next set up spring from deep tabs to pull your foot firmly into the boot’s heel. A central hook stabilises the tongue, and a flex notch allows you to maintain a natural ankle movement, while the heel is reinforced for a sure fit.

A deep rand protects the sole/upper join and the sole unit incorporates a soft PU wedge for shock absorption with integrated pronation and supination control zones and the ‘Meindl Multigrip’ out-sole by Vibram. Inside the boots, around the ankle and hidden by the fully waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex sock liner, is the memory-foam system padding. After a few minutes’ wear, the foam moulds to your feet for an almost custom fit. A removable contoured ‘Air Active’ footbed absorbs moisture and dries fast for extra comfort.

All in all, these are very comfortable boots that give excellent support and have a superior fit. Available in a classic brown colour, sizes 6-14, and weighing around 800gm in size 9.

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Burma Pro - Meindl’s best know boot

Burma GTX

Meindl is the daddy of walking boots. Having produced footwear in Germany for more than 300 years, the Burma is its best-known boot. It has a particularly superior grip, incredible ventilation and will stay faithful year after year.

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