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EssentialARB Nov16

Posted: by Mike Rummery
Tagged: meindl, gore-tex, airstream, forestry, chainsaw

EssentialARB Nov16

Quality and comfort has always been the guiding principle of the Meindl family when it comes to the manufacture of their footwear. For over 300 years, Meindl have been making handmade boots from locally sourced quality products in their home town of Kirchanschoring in Bavaria, southern Germany.

Today, traditional craftsmanship and knowledge is used in
combination with modern manufacturing techniques, which has meant that Meindl
has grown from being a small local shoemaker to a major global brand. Over this
time the Meindl family has developed working relationships with many experts
and pioneers within the industry, including W.L. Gore Industries.

This year Meindl are celebrating a 35 year working
partnership with W.L Gore. Back in 1981, Thorger Hubner (W.L. Gore) and Alfons
Meindl started to develop the first shoe, lined with the new GORE-TEX
waterproof and breathable membrane. This was an industry first and a relationship
that continues to develop to this day. “What
Meindl and Gore have in common is that neither of them is ever entirely
satisfied with what they have achieved, both continually striving through their
commitment to innovation to set new standards in the highly functional footwear
market. Today’s and tomorrow’s consumers expect optimum comfort and protection
for their outdoor activities – our common goal is to fulfil these
expectations”, says Christian Langer (Global Fabrics Leader at W.L. Gore).

Meindl manufacture footwear for many different markets
worldwide including the outdoor leisure sector, hunting, military, police and
forestry. Currently, Bramwell International Ltd, the UK and Ireland importers
of Meindl footwear, distribute two extremely popular chainsaw boots - the
Woodwalker GTX and Airstream GTX. Both these boots have secured their place in
the forestry sector and are proving to be very popular with users and, yes,
both these boots have the benefit of a GORE-TEX membrane.

The Woodwalker GTX or Waldlaufer is our traditional looking
chainsaw boot. Durable mountain leather for the uppers combined with the GORE-TEX
membrane protect your feet from the harsh elements. Safety features include a
steel toe cap and Kevlar frontal protection to Class 1. This is a great fitting
boot and easy to look after with a waxed finish. Additionally, for added
comfort, the Woodwalker has a Memory
Foam fit to the heel area for that custom feel fit.

Our other boot in our forestry range is probably
the industry’s current favourite boot. The Airstream GTX has been developed
from our mountain walking range. So is lightweight and easy to wear all day.
This boot also incorporates a GORE-TEX waterproof membrane and in addition,
offers wearers 33% more breathability than a standard GORE-TEX boot. This is
achieved through the honeycomb style tongue which allows cooler air to be drawn
into the boot and warm air and moisture to pass out of the boot. Plus, it comes
in red what more could you want to stand out from the crowd?

Published EssentialARB magazine November 2016

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