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Respond GTX

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Product Description

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.

Reviews

Respond GTX

Respond GTX
Respond GTX

This is very much an all-round outdoor

shoe with a good range of general features. So you get a mesh upper with a waterproof lining and some suede leather overlays to provide some durability. The heel cup offers very good support

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 shoe isn’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

shoes have benefits. As this weighs 1020g (pair, size 11) it isn’t the lightest option so it’s not great for fast and light activity, and considering what it offers the price is a little high compared to others. It’s an all-rounder, but deeper lugs would make it better on soft

ground.

TOP OF THE RANGE

TESTERS CHOICE

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.

BEST FOR

Long-distance challenges

At A Glance

Use: Tracks and paths

Colours: Reed/Red
Anthracite/Lemon
Grey/Black

Sizes: 6 - 12 (UK inc 1/2 Sizes)

RRP: £134.99

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