Lightweight and sturdy hill walking boot 33% more breathable than a standard Gore-Tex® boot. Suede leather and mesh uppers. Gore-Tex® waterproof and breathable lining. Meindl Vibram Alpine Rigid rubber grip sole with PU wedge and integrated spoiler.
Meindl claims that the Air Revolution technology is 33% more breathable than a standard Gore-Tex boot. As well as a Gore-Tex lining it has a double tongue; the outer part protects against ingress, while the inner is designed to pump out warm air and draw in cool as you walk. The sole is solid and deep lugged, with a crampon lug at the heel and surrounding (but not quite complete) rubber rand. 5/5
This is available in UK sizes 3.5 - 9 for women and 6 - 12 for men, both including half sizes. It’s made on a female- specific last and fits snugly while allowing wiggle room for the toes. The ankle cuff is supportive without being uncomfortably stiff. It is almost perfectly snug, though , so if you have a larger-volume foot, you may want to go up a half size. 5/5
There’s no undue pressure anywhere on these and the interior feels quite soft, so comfort is immediately high. The lace rivets make it easy to get a good secure fit around the ankle, without affecting movement or comfort elsewhere. The toe curves upwards slightly, which gives a pleasant rolling momentum and there’s a little flexibility in the forefoot, which improves comfort on less snowy days. 5/5
These sit almost precisely halfway along the 3-4 season spectrum. Some winter boots can feel too stiff and clumpy (the price you pay for 4-season protection) but these tread the line between comfort and stiffness impressively well. They have the comfort of a 3-season boot and the features of a boot fit for British winter. You’ll get more stability from others, but less comfort. 4/5
You get am impressive set of features and genuine cross-season use, so while expensive these are not outrageous for their range. 3/5
An excellent example of a cross-season boot. Some models are stiffer, but few are more comfortable.Download PDF
Competition winners Will Clarke and Anna recently received their Meindl Vitalis Mid boots from the staff at The Great Outdoors in DublinRead in full