Who should buy the Meindl Vakuum GTX

The Meindl Vakuum GTX makes a great choice for anyone looking for a supportive shoe that can last for a long time. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a boot that offers high resistance to abrasion.
  • Prefer a boot that can protect you against rain or water.
  • Prefer a boot that has a moisture management system to keep the foot fresh and cool.

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Stable and flexible on uneven grounds

Underneath this leather, the boot is the Multigrip 2 outsole by Vibram. It's a stiff sole that features aggressive lugs that are less likely to clog with mud. It's a double-density sole which means that some parts are softer than the others, which contributes to the stability and flexibility of the shoe on uneven grounds.

Meindl Vakuum GTX outsole

Excellent grip on different terrain

As reflected in its name, this specialty sole delivers a good grip on different terrain. It is also long-wearing and highly resistant to abrasion. Lastly, the Vakuum GTX boots are reliable.

Meindl Vakuum GTX outsole 1.0

Sturdy and long-wearing cushioning

Meant for extreme use and abuse, this backpacking boot features a sturdy and long-wearing polyurethane (PU) foam. Unlike EVA, PU is less likely to flatten or compress over time because of its solid structure. This means that it will not lose its cushioning despite heavy use. The same material is also used in other high-end performance footwear products.  One drawback of PU midsoles, however, is that they don't make for a lightweight hiking boot. 

Meindl Vakuum GTX midsole

Moisture control

The Vakuum GTX boots also come with the Air Active footbeds which are also Meindl-exclusive. Such removable insoles not only provide added cushioning but also help with moisture control.

Meindl Vakuum GTX midsole 1.0

Superior protection against water intrusion

This mid-top hiker has an upper that's completely made of Nubuck leather, including the tongue and collar. Inside is a Gore-Tex lining that provides superior protection against water intrusion. With such a combination of the upper material and interior lining, this boot can get really warm sometimes, especially on really hot days. Nonetheless, they also make a perfect pair in terms of durability and protection. 

Meindl Vakuum GTX upper

Secure fit

Completing the upper is the Digafix lacing system that extends to the collar for a secure fit. There's also a rubber that provides additional protection particularly around the part where the upper and outsole are glued or stitched together.

Meindl Vakuum GTX laces

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 28.2oz / Women 22.9oz
Use: Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Meindl

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

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.