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Planning an alpine multi-dayer, like the Tour du Mont Blanc perhaps? We think these boots by the well regarded and long-standing bootmakers from Germany will be well up to the task.
I never thought I’d find a boot to equal La Spotivas’s Trango Trek GTX (tested 2017) but Tonale (100g lighter) ranks alongside it as the best three-season ‘big’ boot I’ve ever worn.
The Tonale GTX is a Meindl boot engineered to render comfort, protection, and performance for day hiking trips. Its suede and mesh upper comes with a Gore-Tex liner to prevent water from entering.
Outdoor enthusiasts are supplied with a cushioned ride, thanks to the footgear’s double-density ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole. Keeping users stable over virtually all types of terrain is its Vibram outsole.
The Meindl Tonale GTX is a mid-top day hiking boot for men and women. It uses a patented Variofix lacing system, which extends towards the toe box, grants a personalized lockdown. It is connected to a free-running speed wire strap that gives a secure fit around the heel area. Moreover, the footgear’s cuff and tongue are padded to promote a comfortable in-shoe environment.
This boot for hiking adventures features a Vibram outsole to help wearers traverse challenging trails. Its profile uses an aggressive pattern of arrow-shaped lugs, which bite down into most types of terrain to render traction. The sole’s forefoot region comes with a climbing zone feature to help adventurers tackle uphill conditions. It incorporates a heel brake to deliver extra stopping power when descending. The outsole’s front section extends upward to prevent the user’s toes from getting stubbed.
The Meindl Tonale GTX’s midsole uses varying densities of EVA to provide a cushioned ride. This material is also known to give rebound and shock absorbency over varied terrain. It works in tandem with a removable Air Active footbed, which gives extra cushioning and underfoot comfort.
The Meindl Tonale GTX is equipped with an upper made of suede leather and mesh fabric. These materials imbue the boot with abrasion-resistance and lightness. It is lined with a Gore-Tex membrane, which keeps water out while allowing excess moisture to escape. A rubber rand wraps around the upper’s base to deliver durability and protection from various trail dangers.
The Tonale GTX’s Variofix lacing system uses a series of eyelets, metal hooks, and a speedwire strap in the heel area. These components work together to help the wearer manage the boot’s fit. Its rearfoot region houses a molded counter to give heel support and security. A pull tab is found on the collar to give users easy on and off.
-Those who are in need of a lighter pair for single-day trips may want to consider day hiking shoes. One of the options that may be explored is the Adidas Terrex AX2R.