Summary

We spent 9.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A considerable number of wearers lavished in the wondrous comfort offered by this Meindl boot.
  • Some wide-footed individuals got an accommodating fit in this day hiking gear.
  • Less than a handful of users were astonished by the Antelao GTX’s fantastic surface traction.
  • Its stylishly striking design elicited applause from a few owners.
  • An expert footwear reviewer lauded this boot’s minimal break-in period.
  • The Antelao GTX’s to-toe lacing system was greatly appreciated by a gear blogger.
  • This Meindl footwear was praised by a couple of hikers for having a surprisingly competent default footbed.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The boot runs small, according to a shoe critic.
  • A user wished the boot had more reassuring heel security.

Bottom line

The Meindl Antelao GTX meets the expectations of people wanting a combination of style and substance in their footwear. Certainly, this hiking boot stuns in looks as much as it mesmerizes in comfort level and grip performance. It also offers a kind of fit that welcomes people with wide feet. That said, those who wish to get one should be prepared to come into terms with its inconsistent sizing. Overall, day hikers will appreciate the offerings of the Antelao GTX. Sizing up is also a consideration.

Facts

Expert Reviews

80 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | Calcuttans Gear Review | | Level 1 expert

    These boots don't need any break in period. They are very flexible already and in a way broken in.

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  • The Meindl Antelao GTX is a B – category boot, which means it is equipped with the right set of features to help day hikers take on aggressive trails. Products under this category are also amply supportive.
  • Its over-the-ankle upper is mostly made of suede leather. Its liner is imbued with a Gore-Tex membrane, protecting the boot from watery elements.

Meindl’s Antelao GTX is a fairly true-to-size, mid-cut day hiking footgear for men and women. Its confines are intended for wearers with regular-width feet. It comes in full and half sizes. A custom lockdown is provided by the boot’s quick lacing system. Its lace loops provide a more defined lace security just above the instep.

Developed by Vibram, the Meindl Multigrip 3 outsole offers adequate grip on various outdoor surfaces. It is engineered with multi-directional lugs which bite into uneven terrain, whether wet or dry. These aggressively designed lugs are also self-cleaning, shedding off debris and mud as the user moves from point to point. In addition, its heel is hook-like to give users a level of security and control when navigating downward slopes.

Mitigating shock on ground impact and stabilizing the hiker’s footing on unpredictable terrain is the Antelao GTX’s part EVA, part PU midsole. Its construction is noticeably thick at the heel for improved shock absorption. It also thins toward the forefoot, giving the boot a svelte silhouette.

For added cushioning underfoot, the boot comes with a removable footbed, called Comfort-fit. It is made with a combination of cork and fleece. It has prominent rearfoot borders for extra heel support.

Suede leather and mesh fabric make up the majority of the upper. Furthermore, the boot promises proper internal ventilation and protection against wetness thanks to Gore-Tex’s waterproof yet breathable liner. Its forefoot zone is engineered with a protective rand to prevent the boot from sustaining cuts and scrapes from abrasive hazards.

Completing the Antelao GTX’s upper is its quick closure system. Its combination eyelets (closed loops and open hooks) are made of metal, while its laces are purely synthetic.

Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.

paul@runrepeat.com