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Meindl Island GTX Alpin

photo: Meindl Island GTX Alpin mountaineering boot

Excellent ankle support with a stiff footbed for climbing. Meindl quality with unmatched construction and execution for a purpose-built boot.

Pros

  • Ankle support
  • Excellent fit
  • Construction
  • Materials

Cons

  • None

I wanted a boot for rougher terrain and steeper grades. I don't do any mountaineering with rappelling ropes and climbing gear, but these boots meet my needs for my purposes.

The ankle support afforded by the MFS system Meindl uses on this model of C rated boot secures your heel and ankle securely in the boot with no movement at all. Laces can be adjusted with the dual-zone lacing system to accommodate ascents or descents as required. 

The footbed in this model of the Island GTX is very stiff which is needed for steeper grades and rougher terrain. You can kneel on the toes of this boot with little bending in the toe box area. However, as stiff as the boot is, it is still comfortable for normal walking on flatter terrain and does not tire your feet even after several miles. Crampon support is provided when the terrain, snow, and ice require them.

As with all of the Island series, construction is first rate and quality of materials is second to none. Completely waterproof using the Gortex liner, it is sewn all the way to the top of the boot as are the tongue gussets. Grip is excellent from the Vibram sole and this particular boot seems to have a harder sole than my Island B/C rated boots. It should last quite awhile on rougher terrain.

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Experience

I own three other pair of B/C rated Meindl Island GTX Pro boots and a pair of the welted, double-stitched B/C Ortler hiking boot.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: €300

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