Who should buy the Meindl Caracas GTX

The Meindl Caracas GTX is a multifunctional leather shoe that boasts high-quality craftsmanship. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that is ready for adventures rain or shine and keeps the foot dry at all times.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that creates a firm hold on a number of different surfaces.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides a good amount of cushioning and support.

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Grips well on urban paths

Caracas GTX's rubber tread sole by Vibram features widely spaced lugs that grip well on urban paths - asphalt, concrete, slippery streets, and more. These lugs aren't deep so they don't feel uncomfortable when walking on hard surfaces. 

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Abrasion and wear-resistant

This sole is made of a quality rubber compound that is highly resistant to abrasion and wear. It's important to note that this model is best used for light hiking. The lugs are less aggressive which means they aren't the best option for rugged terrain.

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Comfortable cushioning by Air Active Footbed

The Vibram Urban walker outsole also features a soft continuous EVA-midsole that provides extra cushion without the bulk. Inside the shoe is a removable insole called Air Active Footbed - an exclusive technology from Meindl.

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It's essentially a Vidona dry sole topped with a soft print layer that offers cushioning for the underfoot. Aside from creating soft, comfortable padding for the foot, the Air Active footbed is also moisture-wicking, lightweight, and breathable.

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Durable full-leather upper

This low-cut hiker from Meindl has a full-leather upper that is waxed for added durability. The overlays are beautifully stitched to the shoe, giving it a sophisticated, old-fashioned look. The exterior heel counter is also made of leather.

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Waterproof and breathable

Lining the shoe interior is the Gore-tex waterproof membrane. This special fabric is made of super tiny holes that seal out water. Even so, the low-cut profile of this shoe ensures that the feet stay cool in moderate and warm conditions. 

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Meindl Caracas GTX vs. Meindl Journey Pro GTX

Low-cut hikers are popular because of their versatility. That is - you can take them around the town after hitting the trails. The Caracas GTX and Journey Pro GTX are both waterproof hiking shoes that boast of Meindl's quality craftsmanship. Below are some of their key differences:

Weight. The Journey Pro GTX is much lighter than the Caracas GTX. It's a great option if you're looking for a protective low-cut hiker that won't slow you down. 

Materials. While the Caracas shoe features a full-leather upper, the Journey Pro is made of a combination of leather (Nubuck) and mesh. Because of this, it offers more breathability. Nonetheless, the full-leather Caracas shoes offer more protection against trail hazards and are likely to last longer. If you prefer a leather shoe that you can use for a long time, on a day-to-day basis, it's definitely a better choice.

Outsole. The Journey Pro GTX features the Comfort Sport outsole which has self-cleaning lugs. It's a Meindl exclusive sole technology that is meant for wet and dry surfaces. While the Caracas GTX shoes deliver a good grip on urban paths, the Journey Pro GTX can be used for multi-terrain activities, such as running or trail walking.

Nice to know

  • The Meindl Caracas GTX walking shoes also come in a mid-cut version. This type of boot is suitable for hikers who need extra foot support. It also offers more protection against the elements because of the ankle-high coverage.

 

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 460g / Women 390g
Use: Light Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Heel brake
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.