Meindl Kansas GTX 2011

The Meindl Kansas GTX was new for 2010 and it still looks pretty good today. The boot has a leather upper that is virtually stitch-free, so durability should be pretty good even on rocky ground. A rubber rand around the toe and forefoot adds a little extra protection for rockier ground too. The upper offers good support for the foot, and there is a waterproof lining. The sole unit has a decent pattern of lugs for general hill-walking on mixed terrain, plus a good degree of stiffness for rockier ground. Good cushioning takes the pain out of pounding down long rocky paths. Unlike the Meindl Burma, the Kansas sits closer to the ground, so you have a slightly better ‘feel’ when scrambling. Compared to the Meindl Burma the sole flex is a little softer, too, which again helps with walking. A great boot if you prefer something a little less stiff than a Meindl Burma. But if you want a boot for long days on very rocky ground, you might prefer something stiffer, such as the Meindl Burma. If you are a really hard user, then a boot with a full rubber rand rather than just one around the toe may be a better choice. There are of course plenty of boots that are lighter or lower in price than the Meindl Kansas GTX if that is your priority.

Upper 2.7mm nubuck leather; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Meindl Multi-grip, PU shock absorber
Sizes 6-12 (men’s); 3½-8 (women’s)
Weight 1744 (pair, size 11)
Made in Germany
Stores in the UK 110

The Meindl Kansas GTX is a superb boot at a good price for general hill and mountain walkers heading out in the UK or abroad.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011