Who should buy the Meindl Island MFS Active

The Meindl Island MFS Active is a mid-cut hiking boot that can take on aggressive terrains thanks to its wealth of features in one package. This pair is a solid option if you want:

  • a technically advanced hiking boot for moderate alpine trekking

  • sturdy yet flexible footwear ensuring a comfortable backpacking experience

  • a pair of B/C boots built for aggressive hiking situations at high altitudes

Meindl Island MFS Active hiking

Vibram's exclusive grippy outsole

The Meindl Multigrip by Vibram is the rubber outsole is designed to overcome tricky trails. This Meindl-exclusive outsole has heavy-duty lugs, both of which are rectangular and circular.

Meindl Island MFS Active outsole

The rectangular lugs that line the outer edges of the boot aid backpackers during ascents and descents, while the circular protrusion dotting the sole’s midsection provides and sustains grip from virtually every angle.

Ample underfoot cushioning

An integral part of the Meindl Multigrip sole unit, the boot’s midsole offers a combination of underfoot protection, cushioning, and shock absorption. This cushy platform is made of PU — a material characterized by high resiliency and abrasion resistance — making it a nonconformist to weight and pressure and strong against wear and tear.

Meindl Island MFS Active midsole

Its tapered construction translates to minimized impact shocks and improved toe-offs.

Sturdy-looking leather upper

The Meindl Island MFS Active sports a sil-nubuck leather upper with a stitched-on overlay. It has a 2-cm rubber rand for 360-degree protection against rocks and other ground elements that cause abrasions.

Meindl Island MFS Active upper

Inside this leather upper is a glued-on synthetic mesh that reinforces the boot’s shaft and keeps the entire upper in proper form come rain or shine.

Waterproof and breathable lining

The footwear’s all-around water protection and climate comfort are made possible by the Gore-Tex Performance Comfort liner. This waterproofing membrane, which is embedded within the footwear’s bootie, is also windproof.

Meindl Island MFS Active waterproof

Freedom of movement in Meindl Island MFS Active

Finding its way into the boot’s upper is the MFS moldable foam which, by design, adapts to the contours of the wearer’s foot, and thus creates a custom-fit cradle with time and regular use. Meindl engineers also provided the heel section with a carefully sewn flexi-hinge mechanism. It promotes mobility by improving the user’s heel-to-toe transitions.

Meindl Island MFS Active flexibility

Meindl's secure fit

A secure lockdown is achievable through the boot’s classic lacing system. It has a combination of lace loops and open hooks for eyelets. They are securely riveted to the eyelet line of the upper.

Meindl Island MFS Active lacing

Working in conjunction with this fairly straightforward closure system is the Island MFS Active’s gusseted tongue. Its sides are conjoined to the upper, sealing off the interior of the boot from debris and wet elements as a result. It also has a metallic lace keeper located right below the Meindl logo.

Meindl Island MFS Active tongue

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 31oz / Women 24.7oz
Use: Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Heel brake
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal, Wide / Normal
BRAND Brand: Meindl

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Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.