Meindl X-S0 70 Mid GTX (2015)


Gore-Tex Surround waterproof technology is built into the Meindl X-S0 70 Mid GTX, and this allows water vapour to pass through the footbed and escape through a channel above the sole unit. The result should be less sweaty feet. The upper is suede leather and mesh with good reinforcement at the toe and heel. Underfoot the Meindl Magic sole unit has very shallow lugs and no heel breast, which are drawbacks. 4/5


For women this boot is available in sizes 3½-9 and for men it comes in sizes 6-12. It is a neater a closer fit for me than some other boots and felt more precise on my foot, but those with chunkier feet may prefer other options. The ankle cuff is a little lower than some and feels more comfortable due to that. 5/5


The Gore-Tex Surround technology will allow sweat to move away from your feet more easily, while the upper feels soft and comfortable on the foot. There is more flex in the sole and upper than with a full leather boot, so on rockier ground the comfort reduces – thus it depends where you use the shoe in terms of its overall comfort, as with most lightweight boots. 4/5

In use

On level ground the low weight of 1070g (pair, size 11) combined with the fit and comfort make the Meindl X-S0 70 Mid GTX great, particularly in warmer weather. But the outsole lugs are very shallow and there is no heel breast, so once it gets wet and muddy, performance drops off. On rockier ground again this is not the best boot as sole lugs and the overall stiffness are not ideal. 3/5


The price is better than some Gore-Tex Surround boots, so this is reasonable value. 4/5


On easier terrain the Meindl X-S0 70 Mid GTX is great, but the outsole is less aggressive than others, which limits its usefulness. 4.0/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine August 2015