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The Meindl Ortler is a leather hiking footgear designed to provide backpackers with adequate comfort and support on their long, arduous trekking adventures. As a B/C category boot, it is capable of performing sufficiently over different types of terrain—from undeveloped trails to considerably rocky landscapes.
Its heavy-duty sole unit provides terrain cushioning and security. The boot’s leather upper is securely planted to it through its double-stitched construction.
A generally true-to-size, high-cut backpacking boot for men is the Meindl Ortler. It is offered in D – standard width. It comes in whole and half sizes. The footwear’s Digafix lacing system allows for a personalized fit with extra support thanks to its heel-locking feature.
This Meindl boot aims to keep the backpacker’s footing over tricky terrain as secure as possible with its Vibram Montagna outsole. For enhanced slip and skid resistance, especially on loose-soiled surfaces, it is engineered with cross-shaped protuberances and blocky lugs. On the other hand, the outsole comes with quite the prominent heel brake for additional control on descents.
A robust yet springy midsole is what gives wearers ample cushioning and stability in the Ortler. The heftiness of its heel improves its ability to mitigate shock on impact. Meindl designers opted to pair it with the Air-Active Soft Print drysole for extra comfort underfoot. This brand-exclusive footbed offers not only added cushioning but also moisture management.
The Meindl Ortler’s high-top upper is made of sil-nubuck leather with a waxed finish. It is lined with soft leather, making its interior doubly comfortable as a result. Punched holes, or perforations, are engineered around its collar to grants backpacker’s improved breathability.
Locking the foot in place in the Ortler is the boot’s Digafix lace-up closure. It uses metallic eyelets, the first three pairs of which from the flex point up are open hooks for quicker configurations. The lace making its way through these combination eyelets is synthetic.