The Bhutan employs Meindl’s innovative Memory Foam System (MFS). The foam in the upper changes shape to exactly match the shape of the foot. A perfect fit, straight out of the box!
Same fit as the old Burma Pro
When Meindl released the Burma Pro in 1997, it was a game-changer – a tough 3-season boot with a multi-piece leather upper and an extremely comfortable lining.
For the first time hillwalkers who wanted a stiff boot for rockier mountain trips and year-after-year durability didn’t have to suffer more uncomfortable traditional leather boots. The Meindl Burma Pro was ‘Best in Test’ in Trail for many years, and remains to this day a hallmark of quality. Now Meindl is replacing it with the Bhutan, which features the hallmarks of the Burma Pro, but with a freshly designed leather upper, a new softer ankle cuff and slick speed lacing eyelets.
Tipping the scales at 1812g (pair, size 11), the Bhutan sits comfortably with other fullleather boots of its quality while being lighter than the 1948g Burma Pro. The new upper is made from
quality leather as in the past, with some restyling to give it a modern appeal. The ankle cuff is nice and high to keep grit out and protect the ankle, but it now has an incredibly soft edge, which means there’s no chance of this rubbing
or digging in uncomfortably when traversing slopes and putting lots of pressure on this area. As with the Burma Pro a fullrubber rand encloses the boot for maximum long-term durability and there’s good stiffness in the toe box and heel cup to further protect the foot.
The sole unit remains the same with deep lugs to bite into mud and good spacing to prevent clogging. The sole flex is nice and firm for spending all day on loose rock.
I’ve been trying lighter boots recently in an attempt to find a pair that are genuinely durable, but without success. By contrast putting on the Bhutan is like returning to an old
(MFS) cushioning is also tremendous, and more than capable of taking the fatigue out of walking over rocky ground or descending all afternoon.
What’s not to like? At £190 the Bhutan is not a casual purchase; but it’s a similar price to other models of similar quality, and when compared with boots that are lower in price you are getting far more long-term performance. So it’s an
Here’s my Meindl Bhutan review
of the boots that I’ve had on test for the last 6 months.
As soon as I received them they went
straight on. The fit is not overtly wide, but definitely not narrow, so they
should fit the majority of people’s feet in the UK. I went up half a size from
my regular every day shoe size to accommodate the thicker socks I like to wear
with walking boots.
Pulling on the laces tightens up the whole lace
system thanks to the smooth eyelets Meindl have used on these boots, it also
helps that only the first four are traditional eyelets, with the top three
being hook style, allowing you to tailor your fit with precision. (I like to
tie half a bow before the hooks, having a tighter fit on the ankle, with a
looser feel on the forefoot).
For a 3-4 UK season boot they have taken all I’ve thrown at them
Brad Wills – Taunton Leisure - Exeter Shop
Use: Walking and Trekking.
Colours: Dark Brown
Sizes: 6-12 (UK inc half sizes)
Closer look at the Bhutan MFS
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