Our verdict


The Meindl Kapstadt GTX provides instant comfort out of the box, protected the user’s foot from getting wet, and granted a likable fit through its closure system. Nevertheless, these commendable traits were not enough to please everyone. In summary, some wearers may not find solace in the restrictive confines of the Meindl Kapstadt GTX.


  • Comfortable hiking boot
  • Zero break-in period
  • Waterproof
  • Lightweight
  • Secure fit
  • Breathable


  • Too narrow
  • Does not have much tread at all

Who should buy the Meindl Kapstadt GTX

The Kapstadt GTX is one of Meindl’s undeniably comfortable hikers. It was positively received by the outdoor community, thanks to its satisfying set of features. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking boot that is ideal for hiking on maintained and not-so-good paths.
  • Look for a new pair that offers a comfortable and cushioned ride.
  • Need a hiking boot that provides excellent ground adherence.

Meindl Kapstadt GTX logo

Renders grip on almost all types of terrain

The Kapstadt GTX from Meindl carries a Vibram outsole. This rubber sole renders grip on almost all types of terrain. The pronounced lugs along its side grant stability over rugged terrain while the studs at the center yield a multidirectional grip.

Meindl Kapstadt GTX outsole

Maximize bite into steep slopes

The forefoot and rearfoot are designed with ridges that maximize their bite into steep slopes. Its upright extension in the toe area enhances protection.

Meindl Kapstadt GTX outsole 1.0

Shock-absorbing cushioning

Cushioning comes from the ethylene-vinyl acetate or EVA midsole. This element grants comfort by absorbing shock from ground impacts and providing a considerable amount of underfoot rigidity. An Air-Active Sport footbed optimizes support.

Meindl Kapstadt GTX midsole

Provides all weather protection

The upper of this Meindl backpacking boot is made of a combination of suede and mesh. This combo balances durability and comfort. Underneath these materials is a Gore-Tex laminate that gives the user all-weather protection.

Meindl Kapstadt GTX upper

Protects the user against accidental knocks

The boot has heel and toe caps that shield the user against accidental knocks. It also has a padded tongue and collar which promote a cozy in-shoe feel.

Meindl Kapstadt GTX upper 1.0

Secure fit

It uses the Variofix system (and combination eyelets) for fit management. This system includes a speed wire strap that wraps the heel. As the user tightens the lace, the cord is pulled in close and helps prevent slippage. Lastly, a tab at the back of the boot facilitates easy donning and doffing.  

Meindl Kapstadt GTX secure fit