Meindl Kapstadt GTX notable features

The Kapstadt GTX belongs to Meindl’s AB terrain category, which means it is ideal for hiking on maintained and not-so-good paths. Its leather upper comes with a Gore-Tex lining to maximize its performance outdoors.

For a comfortable and cushioned ride, this leather trail boot is equipped with an EVA midsole and an Air-Active Sport footbed. On the other hand, it has a Vibram rubber outsole for ground adherence.

Size and fit

The Meindl Kapstadt GTX is a men’s and women’s boot for hiking. It is offered in medium width and regular sizes. It relatively runs true to size. It has a lace-up closure that permits owners to personalize the fit.


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 multidirectional grip. The forefoot and rearfoot are designed with ridges to maximize its bite into steep slopes. Its upright extension in the toe area enhances protection.


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.


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.

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

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.  

Additional Info

Care and maintenance of Meindl Kapstadt GTX

Meindl engineers suggest that owners should clean their boots, especially after use to make them last longer. Here are some of the care tips the brand recommends:

  • Remove the laces and the footbed. Clean them separately.
  • To eliminate surface dirt on the boot, use a brush and warm water. The interior can also be cleaned using warm water; it will not damage the lining.
  • After cleaning, let the boots dry naturally. Do not put them over hot surfaces or expose them to extreme heat as it can affect the integrity of the leather. To assist in drying the lining, stuff newspapers inside.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 490g / Women 410g
Use: Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal / Normal, Wide
BRAND Brand: Meindl

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