For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 28.2ozWomen: 22.9oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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93 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews
I would expect it to continue to hold its place as the standard-bearer for comfortable and durable hillwalking performance.
The latest in a long line of iconic Meindl walking boots is a comfortable performer with impeccable build quality allied to memory foam padded comfort.
I can understand why the Meindl Bhutan is so popular, it has met all my requirements.
[T]hey’re hands-down the best pair I’ve ever owned.
Updates to Meindl Bhutan MFS
- A successor to the Burma Pro, the Bhutan MFS sports a redesigned leather upper, giving the boot a modern look. It is lighter than its older brother by roughly 100 g.
- Compared with the precious version, this iteration comes with a softer ankle collar. It is still perforated, but with slightly rearranged vent holes.
- Meindl engineers have also streamlined the gear’s lacing system, particularly the eyelets. It now has only 3 pairs of open hooks as opposed to the previous model’s 4.
Meindl Bhutan MFS size and fit
The fairly true-to-size Meindl Bhutan MFS is a high-cut backpacking boot for men and women. It is specifically crafted for wearers with standard-width feet. It is offered in whole and half sizes. The women’s version is built around a female-specific last. The boot’s Digafix closure system and Memory Foam System (MFS collar) provide a personalized fit.
Meindl’s Bhutan MFS offers backpackers the right amount of traction with its Vibram Multigriff outsole. Its heavy-duty surface is laden with aggressive lugs, with the central ones made circular for hydroplaning prevention.
Delivering adequate comfort and stability on rough terrain is the boot’s chunky midsole. It comes with a wedge unit made of polyurethane (PU) for added cushioning.
Further bolstering the footwear’s underfoot comfort is the Meindl-exclusive Air-Active footbed. It is engineered with the Soft Print foam—a cushioning technology that allows the footbed to adjust to the contours of the wearer’s foot.
Meindl’s Bhutan MFS has a waxed nubuck leather upper. Its waterproofing is found in its Gore-Tex liner. Its ankle collar is engineered with the Memory Foam System for extra cushioning. Around the base of the boot is a full-on rubber rand that prevents the upper from sustaining scuffs and abrasions.
The Digafix closure system completes the boot’s upper. It consists of laces made of synthetic and combination eyelets made of metal.