Meindl Boots have a soft spot in my heart because the first pair of "high-end" boots I ever bought was a pair of Meindl Perfekts. Those boots took more abuse than I care to mention and their Comfort Fit Insoles were exactly what the doctor ordered for my feet. Fast-forward a few years and Meindl USA has expanded their line here in the states and I have a pair of Glockner MFS on my feet for this review. The quality is the same and the 11 generations of boot building shows in the construction.
The Glockner's have a C rating for stiffness which in layman's terms means they are as tough as they come without moving into the dedicated mountaineering world. The stiff flexible crampon compatible soles will be ideal for scree slides, carving out footholds in steep alpine country and of course keep the whole foot on the ground in sloppy conditions. Partnered with the rugged Meindl Multigriff Vibram construction, the stiff sole is the multidirectional lugs and the heavy-duty rand that protect the feet from the rocks and debris of the high country. For you and me this means that they will take a beating, keep on kicking and then when the lugs are gone...they can be resoled. No need to worry about breaking in a stiff boot, just send them in.
One difference I noticed right away from my Perfekts of yesteryear was the Air Active insole rather than the Comfort Fit that had treated me so well in the past. The Air Active insoles won me over and I can see many happy users appreciating their design and moisture wicking ability. However, if the cork insoles trip your trigger the Comfort Fit are a website order away.
Because these boots are made for rough terrain the driver of ankle support is the nubuck leather pieces double stitched to prevent ankle roofs in the tough stuff. The nubuck also covers MFS foam panels that add a level of comfort that is necessary inside a stiff boot like this. No one likes the break in period that boots like this require, with the Glockner MFS it is a better experience. The tongue sits nicely in the tall ankle that tapes out at 9.5".
The final layer of protection comes from the Gore-Tex lining that keeps the feet dry in the worst conditions. Meindl also offers leather treatment/protection to get the most out of the life of the leather. Bottom line with the Glockner MFS boots from Meindl is that if stiff-soled boots with plenty of ankle protection are what you need, give them a look. You likely won't be disappointed.
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