Oiled Nubuck leather walking boot. Waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex® lining. Meindl Multigrip rubber tread sole with PU shock absorber. Digafix lacing system.
Meindl has a well established reputation for producing 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 and 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 rockier ground. The boot is a little heavier than others though, and some people may just prefer a less supportive design.
A very good general hillwalking boot for those who are looking for good support and durability on a wide range of terrain.
The Kansas is a typically robust design from Meindl. The upper is made from leather with minimal stitching to ensure this area of the boot is very durable and well-suited to a long, hard life on the rockier hills. There is good support at the heel and toe as well, which again makes this ideal for rockier ground. The ankle cuff is very supportive, with an exceptionally soft cuff to ensure this area of the boot is also comfortable when traversing slopes. Extra durability is provided by the rubber rand around the toe. Underfoot there is a Meindl Multigrip sole unit with a reasonable spread of lugs and a good heel breast to create decent grip on most terrain.
There is also good stiffness in the sole for use on jagged rocks such as those found on the rockier peaks. In use this boot feels great for general hillwalking, backpacking or scrambling over rockier ground. It’s a little heavier than other models but then many lighter options aren’t as durable and often don’t provide the support on rockier terrain that’s offered here.
The Kansas costs £5 more than in 2013 but it remains a favourite for long-term performance where that small increase in price will effectively be spread over many years of use.
Use: Mountain walking
Colours: Dark Brown
Sizes: 6 - 12 (UK inc 1/2 Sizes)
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