Choose The Right Boot
For Your Next Adventure!

Which Flex-use will be suitable for my chosen activity? Which boot will fit me most comfortably? How do I know which boot I should buy?

These are all good questions, questions you encounter every time you purchase new footwear. Here at Meindl, we frequently hear those and other questions. Boots are made for different uses, different activities so they are constructed in different ways to meet specifications required for those specific uses. To help you sort through the differences and choose footwear that will best fit you and your needs, Meindl developed these Flex-use ratings as a general guide. These categories were first developed by Alfons Meindl in 1976 to help explain how and why they make boots for specific uses. These categories, and the design and technology behind them, are still just as valid, just as universally accepted as they were then.

We hope this will help you find the right boots for you!


Designed for walking in low-elevation, fairly civilized urban and rural environments; light hunting in mild terrain and conditions. For those who want sturdy, comfortable and casual footwear that is equally comfortable at home on daily errands as on light weekend trails.

Usage: Leisure, light hunting, casual wear, traveling, walking, walking for exercise - you know, everyday life.

Surface: Good roads, paved trails, parks, boardwalks.

Light Hiking

Introductory boots for hunting, walking, and hiking while carrying light loads; offering solid support and comfort for low-to-medium-strenuousness day hikes in rural areas, low-elevation landscapes, low mountain ranges and high meadows.

Usage: Easy hunting, walking and light day hiking in low-to moderate-elevations areas; hunting in areas with easy to moderate terrain with light loads, maybe a daypack with water, lunch and rain gear.

Surface: Roads, trails, maintained paths, good and not-so-good trails, groomed areas, favorable terrain.


Boots designed for intermediate hunting and hiking in rural flatlands, low-mountain ranges and areas with moderate to mid-moderate terrain; providing good stability in rocky and uneven terrain, even when carrying moderate loads.

Usage: More demanding and lengthy walks, day hikes, light treks and off-the-beaten path hunts with light to moderate loads.

Surface: Rough paths and trails; undeveloped areas with moderate geographic challenges, including ups and downs and obstacles.  


Boots for ambitious treks and hunts farther off the trail and into the backcountry where you may encounter uneven terrain, steep inclines, maybe even scrambling or fixed-rope routes and scree fields. Designed for optimal stability and support for activities up to lower alpine elevations.  

Usage:  Hard walking, multi-day backpacking, backcountry hunting and challenging trekking with heavy loads.

Surface: Rough (or no) paths and trails, boulders, inclines, climbing routes.


Boots made for the high country; increased stability for challenging mountainous terrain, rocky landscapes, rock faces, scree fields and glaciers. Suitable for use with crampons.

Usage:  Hardcore multi-day backpacking, way-back backcountry and wilderness hunting and strenuous trekking with heavy loads in challenging steep environments.

Surface: No paths, barely noticeable (if any) trails, unmarked routes, boulders, inclines, climbing routes, glaciers. The bad stuff.


The ultimate mountaineering boots, completely reliable for extensive use in extreme, critical, ultra challenging landscapes. Built tough and robust to be completely reliable and suitable for crampons.  

Usage: Hardest of the hardcore high-alpine hunts, adventuring and exploring in extreme mountain conditions; and professional challenges like mining, geology and high-alpine tours.  

Surface: No paths, no trails, no nothing, just you and steep inclines and extreme terrain, glaciers, ice climbing routes, ice tours; extremest of extreme mountainous environments.