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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.