Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The majority of Meindl Caribe GTX reviews suggest that this boot is wonderfully comfortable.
  • Most verified buyers have also given it high ratings for its quality construction.
  • This hiking shoe has received amazing compliments from a number of reviewers for its stylish look.
  • Several people note that it's super light which makes it ideal for walking, traveling, and light hiking.
  • Many customers are satisfied with its waterproof construction.
  • A few customers with wide toes and high instep find that the Caribe GTX fits them nicely. 

1 reason not to buy

  • One reviewer feels that this shoe is a little pricey.

Bottom line

A well-rounded hiker that's perfect for light hiking and casual activities, the Meindl Caribe GTX gets high marks for its out-of-the-box comfort, sturdy build, and cool-looking design. And since it's a low-cut shoe, it offers more ankle flexibility, allowing the wearer to move around with ease and confidence. Even more admirable is the fact that it's waterproof. Thanks to the Gore-Tex lining that offers superior protection against water intrusion.

The Caribe GTX is a great hiker overall. Nonetheless, this shoe falls under the "premium" category. If you're up to pay extra, it's truly a worthy investment. 

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Good to know

-This Meindl hiking shoe has a sturdy upper made of leather and mesh. Together, they create a solid barrier against dirt and debris while providing a good amount of breathability.

-It features the Meindl Trail Activity Sport outsole that ensures good traction on varying terrain.

-The EVA soft step wedge creates a comfortable platform. Its AIR-ACTIVE removable insole offers additional comfort and support to the foot while maintaining high moisture-wicking properties.

The Meindl Caribe GTX men's and women's shoes are low-cut hikers that feature a traditional lace-up closure. This makes it easy for the wearer to adjust the fit whenever needed. The low shaft allows for flexibility and freedom of movement while the padded tongue and collar keep the foot comfortable. There's also a pull tab in the heel section that makes it easy to wear and take the shoe off.

The double-density Trail Activity Sport outsole makes the Caribe GTX ideal for light hiking and walking around the town. It has lugs of different shapes and sizes designed for enhanced grip and traction on varying surfaces. The wide spaces in between these lugs help with easy dispersal of dirt and debris. However, they aren't deep enough for challenging terrain. 

A huge factor for its lightness is the EVA midsole. EVA is a synthetic material considered as "foam" which is very light and long-wearing. Some of its important qualities are softness (makes wearing the shoe even more comfortable), flexibility, and shock absorption. EVA also provides stability against the foot, which is essential for preventing injury. An EVA midsole helps endure the person's weight and all possible pressures that could happen when walking or running.

This hiker comes with a removable insole called Air Active which is made of a special material that absorbs moisture from the foot and dries more quickly than standard materials. It has a memory-foam like texture that conforms to the foot and cushions the entire sole.

The shoe upper features leather overlays that enhance the durability and structure of the shoe. The rest of the upper is made of air stream mesh which promotes breathability. Inside is a Gore-tex waterproof membrane that seals water out. Since Gore-tex shoes can be a little warm, the mesh fabric in the upper helps keep the feet cool even in relatively humid environments.


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