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Gear test with grough

grough is an independently-owned website offering the most up-to-date news and features about outdoor activities to a community of outdoor enthusiasts. They recently invited us to put our RESPOND MID GTX BOOTS on test with them and we’re thrilled to say they categorised them as a good buy and scored them 81/100.

Their test was for a lighter boots more suited to less arduous walking.

Meindl lined up against ten other brands and grough tested them all extensively in varying conditions, ranging from warm, dry days to rainy periods.

You can read the FULL REVIEW on the grough site, or scroll down for the highlights.

Light but tough

“The Meindl boots were among the lighter models in the test, tipping the scales at less than a kilo for the pair.

The uppers are a combination of mesh textile with velour leather overlays. They’re pliant and were comfortable, with a fairly broad, low-volume forefoot. There’s a toughened toe box and the heel cup is stiffened, giving good protection from knocks and holding the foot well.”

“Lacing has four pairs of webbing loops, a pair of metal loops, angled to the middle of the heel area, and finally two pairs of metal hooks.

The system allowed for differential tensioning of the front area of the boot and the ankle section and kept my feet in place well, both on uphill and downhill parts of routes, with no heel lift or toe slide.”

grough's scores revealed

Best uses: trail walking; multi-day walks; hillwalking; country walking.

Performance 34/40
Comfort 25/30
Quality 7/10
Value for money 7/10
Sustainability 8/10
Total score: 81/100

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