Velour leather and mesh uppers with waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex XCR lining. Meindl Contagrip Trail sole unit for optimum grip and protection. Cupped heel stabiliser and toe protector.
This is very much an all-round outdoor
for uneven ground while the toe box is less protective, but it does get a rand for durability and there’s at leastsome stiffness in this area to protect the foot from stray rocks.
The sole unit is less aggressive than some other models here with quite shallow lugs that mean this shoeisn’t great on mud or grass slopes – and that’s a slight niggle with this otherwise good design. Stiffness in the sole is good, though, and there is also decent cushioning to take the pounding out of walking on hard terrain. On the foot this feels quite spacious, and I found it generally comfortable.
Wearing it for day-to-day walks it performs well, but move onto more challenging terrain such as mud or rock and other
MEINDL Respond GTX
The Meindl Responds have been putting in the miles for a while now and these consummate all-rounders have proven themselves to be very dependable multi-terrain shoes. With a higher price tag than the Anatoms, they also come with higher specs (such as a Gore-Tex lining), so on paper at least, you do get what you’re paying for. Perfect for spring and summer, they’re lightweight with a breathable mesh and suede upper,
reinforced on the underside and with a sturdy toe bumper. Highly waterproof too, they’re versatile shoes – cushioned enough for everyday walking,
but stable and durable enough to put in the distance. With a little breaking in at first (making use of the double eyelet to lace them up securely),
they felt very stable tackling the uneven ground of the South West Coast Path.
But firmer ankle support would be welcome over mountainous terrain and the Contragrip outsole’s shallow tread doesn’t provide enough traction on grass and mud. Overall though, they’re well-balanced all-rounders. PT
+ Comfy and cool, technically sound, and reassuring stable.
Competition winners Will Clarke and Anna recently received their Meindl Vitalis Mid boots from the staff at The Great Outdoors in DublinRead in full