Specs

Weight 1370 g
Upper Swissmilitary cowhide leather
Lining Leather
Footbed AIR-ACTIVE SOFT PRINT drysole
Sole Vibram Montagna Sole, genuine triple stitching (suitable for crampons)

Reviews

3

Heavy duty and handsome boots built to take a beating.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new

Summary

Heavy duty and handsome boots built to take a beating. Best boots I've ever worn. Best footwear purchase I've ever made.

Pros

  • Strong construction
  • Comfortable after break in, seriously comfortable.
  • Look great
  • Can handle any terrain
  • Pleasure of caring for them

Cons

  • Heavy and big
  • Stiff at first
  • Very expensive
  • Require diligent care if you want them to last

I settled on a pair of the Meindl Super Perfekts after deciding I needed a pair of footwear to last me forever or as close to that as possible. So I set off learning about the old school leather mountain boots that hipsters usually wear to walk to Starbucks every morning. Of course I hope there aren't any hipsters using these boots for that as that would be a shame and a waste of some amazing leather.

I've had the usual synthetic oven-mitt-like hiking boots and shoes that need replacing every year or two. They are never actually waterproof despite fancy linings and such. The soles come off easily and the fabric interior causes more blisters than anything else because your feet are sweating buckets.

I was looking for stitch down double stitched Norwegian welted boots made from a single piece of leather With a regular leather lining. No Gortex allowed. It was the Regular Perfekt, the Zamberlan Latemar or the Danner Mountain Lights. Then when I went to the shop to check out the Perfekt, I saw these next to them and my curiosity got the best of me to try them on. Fell in love instantly and there was a pair that fit. They weighed a little more and cost more but they seemed a lot stronger and I liked the TRIPLE STITCH welt. Over built like a Toyota inline 6. Sold.

I bought mine two years ago in Vancouver, B.C. I've taken them on a few trips and many hikes and walks since then. Wore them on the street to get them broken in and my first hike was painful and blister ridden. They needed a lot more use before being trail ready. They are very stiff to start. In fact I'd say they only really have broken in properly during the second year of use.

I'd say wear them for a few hours, daily, for about three months and you're golden. I'm not kidding. They are fine to do moderate hikes in after a couple weeks but over ten miles and you will be wanting different boots. Not only are they stiff, they are heavy so you have to be broken in as well.

I highly recommend liberal amounts of Sno-Seal. I use leather conditioner for one coat after every three times using Sno Seal. Helps break in a lot. Don't neglect the welts or where they attach to the soles either, which is also leather. Get a ton of wax in there. Every time they get dirty and scuffed up I have to clean them up and wax them.

I'm diligent with maintenance on these and although you don't have to be they are very pricey and it's worth the half hour every couple weeks to keep them nice. Alway remove laces when cleaning and waxing. Don't forget to get the stitching too. And wax over the metal fittings as the coating wears off and metal rusts. I like the maintenance though. It's almost fun. Use all natural products on all natural boots.

They dominate the snow, as this winter we had a lot and I wore them every single day for about 4 months. Warm. Dry. Traction. Support. Just the right height too. They aren't extra tall like military boots. And they look great. Lot of comments on them too.

You can drive standard if you want in them but it is tricky at first. I am wearing them nearly every day at the moment. They are my primary footwear pretty much. I just used them for a full day of landscaping (top dressed 8 lawns in them) and they were disgusting so I spent a good hour cleaning them and then let them dry overnight. Then good coat of conditioner and two of Sno Seal. They are back to their clean but well used and broken in look.

Also, I must say the red laces have lasted me still to this day. Great pair of laces. Meindl's insole isn't that great. I'd recommend a different one. It's a little hard on the feet.

The soles haven't worn a huge amount either despite two years of good hard use.

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Red! Thanks for sharing a review of your Super Perfekts. It sounds like you found an excellent pair of boots. It would be great to see some pictures of your pair, if you're willing to add some to your review.


1 month ago
Old Guide

I've never owned a pair of Meindl's but my neighbor who hunts, camps and does other stuff in the mtns of British Columbia swears by them.


1 month ago
Old Guide

I also meant to add, Nice Review.


1 month ago
2

I researched the web for ages before buying these…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: 280 euro

I researched the web for ages before buying these boots. It's hard to find good info, and these few reviews below were a large part of what decided me on the purchase.

They are funny boots to place in modern line ups — old-school mountaineering boots built (yes they are "built" not made...) with pride and skill. There are plastics in this class, and more common nowadays your Scarpas and La Sportivas which are purpose built, light, and stiff.  But these are olden day "real" mountaineering boot which are in a do-it-all category while being top of the line in the Meindl line up. As said in other reviews if you are over 200 lbs these are the perfect boots for you, so stop looking, and buy these.

The quality cannot be faulted. The materials and skill in construction are second to none. They are very stiff, B3 boots, and built with attention to detail. They are heavy, so you need to be a "quad walker", i.e., someone with strong legs.  The sole does flex a little, so you will be happy hill walking or alpine climbing in them, but again, really only if you are a large fella over 200lbs.

They are a boot for those that appreciate quality and do-it-all ability, but willing to sacrifice some of the modern construction and fabrics. Once you buy these boots, you'll never buy another type, I'm super confident in that statement.

My Super Perfekts have now been through the break-in period, and have done a few alpine trips as well as including some typical Welsh scrambles, walking around town (to break them in) and some Haute Routes and over 4km ascents on AD+, and I love them. Super stiff, and once broken in, super-duper comfortable. They are now the most comfortable footwear I own, bar none, and all of a sudden my expensive approach shoes seem redundant.

Search the web, find this short review and buy them.  Old school, heavy leather boots with no place in the modern lineup of boots, but are the best thing you will buy for the mountain.

For truly great service and prices try using Wildnessport in Germany. I don't work for them or have any association, but in the world of internet buying they offer the service and personal touch which is rare to find.

7ick

Just an update seeing I found this page after two years! The boots are still going strong, and still love them. Some of my friends have been through a pair of lesser boots in that time, where I am just now thinking about replacing the soles. They are definitely old-skool boots, but if you are into that you cannot go wrong :)


3 years ago
1

Just Perfect hiking boots. It will take a few days…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: 274 euro

Just Perfect hiking boots. It will take a few days to get used to them, they are quite heavy (just like me, I'm 250 pound)!

Once used to walk with these boots you'll be surprised about the comfort! The roughest terain is like a walk in the park with this boots. I just bought (I paid 274 euro in Holland) my second pair because my first pair finally "died" after 14 years of daily use! 

Properly waxed they are perfect in dry conditions and also in a moist enviroment. I've used them in Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Peru, Cambodia, Australia and all over Europe. I have patched them a few times and resoled them about every three years.

These are the last hiking boots you will ever buy, once you tried them you'll never be satisfied with lesser boots. In my opinion they are very good value for money, they last at least up to ten years (daily use) so they cost you about 40 euro each year including patching and resoling.

These Boots are Perfect just as the name says.

Peter Hyatt

Hubert, I'm with you. I have planned on months of slow break in, and am quite surprised how comfortable they really are. Yes, as you said, they take any surface given to them, and absorb the shock handily. What is surprising is how comfortable they are for walking around the house. Like you, I have a few pounds on me (often 185lbs in winter) and recommend them for hiking boots for any man of substantial weight. I started with the Meindl Sil-Proof but I don't want to lose the beauty of the brown leather, so I switched to Meindl sport wax and can stand in several inches of water without any issue. These are wonderfully supportive, strong, long lasting, and beautiful. I hope you can update your review.


2 years ago
0

I bought my first pair of serious hiking boots (Meindl)…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: you name it - everything!
Break-in Period: short
Weight: not light
Price Paid: CAN $500

I bought my first pair of serious hiking boots (Meindl) in the mid 1970's and had them resoled several times at least. I always treated them properly, and they held up and performed for OVER THIRTY YEARS!!!

I have learned over time that one's gear can make or break a trip and that there is a huge difference in "cost" versus "value". If comfort, support, warmth, and dry feet are important then there is no better value available than Meindl.

Meindl were my first proper pair of boots and will likely be my last ... if I'm still going in my 80's!

0

These are the best hiking boots ever made. Better…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: rough trail
Break-in Period: 2-3 weeks/3-4h/day
Weight: 1,5 kg each
Price Paid: 270€

These are the best hiking boots ever made. Better then Meindl Perfekts. (I have two pairs of reg. Perfekts.) If you are over 200 lb there is nothing in the world that will suit you better. You can use the Super Perfekt for anything then the Perfekt but the Super Perfekt will not soften out so much as the Perfekt do. The sole is not 100% stiff so you can use it for longer walks.

Peter Hyatt

peter, any update on the Meindl?


2 years ago
0

In every lifetime there are things you never will…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars

In every lifetime there are things you never will forget. One of these things are Super-Perfekts. Once you bought them you love them more every day. I have two pairs; one pair for every day and one for Sundays and church.

0

I bought what essentially is the Super Perfekt model…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: all leather, foam cushion between leather
Use: rough trail and anything except jogging!
Break-in Period: 1-2 weeks, a couple of hours a day
Weight: I have size 15, about 1 Kilo each
Price Paid: 1500FF ($300)

I bought what essentially is the Super Perfekt model of today about nine years ago before making an expedition to Ethiopia.

I had been used to buying new hiking boots every year. I have called these the best shoes ever made. I have patched them a few times and resoled them in Alaska and Mexico. They are absolutely the best boots ever made.

Even though my original pair is still in good condition I am looking forward to tracking down another pair. My friend is going to Germany and I am counting on him getting me another pair.

0

I used them in Norway: Their name says it all! Perfect…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: rough trail also with crampons
Break-in Period: 1 hard week (1-2 hrs per day)
Weight: + 1,5 kg
Price Paid: 450 DM

I used them in Norway: Their name says it all! Perfect in very difficult terrain, stiff enough to use crampons (no step - ins!!) for snow field crossing and glacier walks (up to ~ 30 - 40°).

If waxed properly, they are waterproof; strong leather (+ 3 mm). Comfortable on longer walks (20 km), because sole is not 100% stiff, BUT: not suitable for jogging: they are quite heavy!

They need their break-in period!!!!!!!!! After that, you´ll fly over the bolders!

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