The Meindl Matterhorn Extreme retains the GSB crampon mounting system that was originally developed by Grivel and Scarpa, and this allows the dedicated GSB crampons to be very easily fitted to the boot. Normal crampons can also be fitted though. The Matterhorn has a very high ankle cuff, which makes this more of a mountaineering boot that a winter walking boot. This boot has a Gore-Tex lining and lots of padding for warmth and comfort. There is a wide rubber rand to protect the upper on rock and a very aggressive lug pattern underfoot that provides great grip in the snow while also releasing trapped dirt from the lugs pretty easily. The boot provides a low ride height so you can more easily feel where your feet are when climbing. So for winter mountaineering these should be a great piece of kit. But if you tend to walk up British mountains plastered in snow and ice, then a more walking-orientated design with a smoother rolling action underfoot would be better. The high ankle cuff also means the Meindl Matterhorn Extreme is not so great for general winter walking, and the weight and price are further drawbacks if you don’t need the high ankle cuff benefit.
Upper suede leather, Lorica synthetic materials
Lining Gore -Tex
Sole Vibram GSB crampon-compatible
Crampon compatibility B2
Weight 2190g (pair, size 11)
Made in Germany
Stores in the UK 10
The GSB crampon system and the high ankle cuff make the Meindl Matterhorn Extreme ideal for winter mountaineering, but others are better for winter walkers.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2010