Verdict from 1 expert and 18 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • The Meindl Jorasse GTX was praised by numerous owners for its surprising lightness.
  • Many users expressed their satisfaction over the boot’s amazing comfort.
  • A professional footwear critic adored the awe-inspiring ankle support of the Jorasse GTX.
  • Its mighty waterproofing earned the complete confidence of one expert reviewer.
  • Less than a handful of testers were astounded by the Jorasse GTX’s excellently flexible ankle cuff.
  • Despite being only offered in standard width, this boot still managed to fit a couple of wide-footed folks quite well.
  • This Meindl mountaineering boot impressed an expert gear reviewer with its spacious toe box.
  • A footwear blogger only had great things to say regarding the boot’s justifiable sell price.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A seasoned gear critic found an issue with the footwear’s underwhelming precision during certain foot placements.

Bottom line

The Meindl Jorasse GTX’s lightness and comfort level are exceeding user expectations. The boot was also well received for its remarkable waterproofing and outstanding ankle support. Its only reported blunder is its alleged lackluster performance when it comes to precision stepping. Overall, barring its lone misstep, the Jorasse GTX makes for a great mountaineering companion thanks to its combination of phenomenal qualities.

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Good to know

  • The Meindl Jorasse GTX is designed for taking on mountainous terrain, whether rocky or covered in ice. Its overall construction puts in under Meindl’s category C of boots, giving it a firmer support system and stiffer soles—ideal for technical climbs. It is compatible with semi-automatic crampons. 
  • Its over-the-ankle upper is made with a combination of microfiber and mesh fabric. Its liner is engineered with a Gore-Tex membrane, giving the boot adequate protection from wet elements.

Meindl’s Jorasse GTX is a high-cut mountaineering boot for men and women. It offers a generally true-to-size fit for individuals with regular feet. It comes in full and half sizes. The boot’s Digafix lacing system provides a supportive kind of foot lockdown.

Mountaineers have the Jorasse GTX’s Vibram outsole to thank for preventing them from slipping over rocky surfaces. Called Multigrip 3 Alpin, this Meindl-exclusive outsole is made extra rigid for lasting durability. It has high-profile lugs and a hooked heel to help climbers gain a secure footing on steep, craggy terrain.

A midsole made of polyurethane is what provides wearers with adequate cushioning underfoot and the ability to remain stable on unforgiving surfaces. Its rear end is engineered with a sturdy welt to which the heel lever of semi-automatic bindings may be attached. 

Offering extra cushioning is the proprietary insole by Meindl, called Air-Active Soft Print Drysole. This removable footbed dries quickly. It also has its own moisture management system. 

The Meindl Jorasse GTX’s high-cut upper is part microfiber, part lightweight mesh. Its entire base region has a rubber overlay (a.k.a rubber rand) to reinforce the boot further and give it proper abrasion protection. Its ankle cuff and tongue are generously padded for added comfort. For water protection, its main liner has been imbued with Gore-Tex’s waterproof membrane. This waterproofing technology is also breathable, actively eliminating sweat and moisture for a drier mountaineering experience. 

Giving users a secure fit is the boot’s Digafix lacing system which consists of riveted metallic eyelets and synthetic laces. Offering on and off assistance, on the other hand, is the extra-long pull tab on the back of the upper’s collar. 

How Jorasse GTX compares

This shoe: 81
All shoes average: 83
55 97
This shoe: $295
All shoes average: $461
$175 $1250
This shoe: 27.2oz
All shoes average: 30.6oz
18.7oz 54oz
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.