Our verdict


The Meindl Caribe GTX gets high marks for its out-of-the-box comfort, sturdy build, and cool-looking design. 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.


  • Wonderfully comfortable
  • Quality construction
  • Stylish design
  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof
  • Wide fit


  • Pricey

Who should buy the Meindl Caribe GTX

The Meindl Caribe GTX is a well-rounded hiker that's perfect for light hiking and casual activities.  It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that creates a solid barrier against dirt and debris.
  • Need a hiking shoe that ensures good traction on varying terrain.
  • Look for a new pair that offers additional comfort and support to the foot.

Meindl Caribe GTX logo

Size and fit

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.

Meindl Caribe GTX laces 1

Enhanced grip and traction on varying surfaces

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 that delivers enhanced grip and traction on varying surfaces. 

Meindl Caribe GTX outsole

Easy to clean

The wide spaces in between these lugs help with the easy dispersal of dirt and debris. However, they aren't deep enough for challenging terrain. 

Meindl Caribe GTX outsole 1

Lightweight and flexible cushioning by EVA

A huge factor for its lightness is the EVA midsole. EVA is a synthetic material considered "foam" which is very light and long-wearing. Some of its important qualities are softness (which 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.

Meindl Caribe GTX midsole

Comfortable cushioning

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.

Meindl Caribe GTX insole

Durable and breathable

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.

Meindl Caribe GTX upper 1


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.

Meindl Caribe GTX upper 3