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My Meindl "Light Hikers" have over 100 miles on them by now, and are as comfortable as sneakers. Although they are lighter than the Meindl hikers, they are not exactly light (3 lbs). My old Adidas hikers are lighter, but not as tough on rocks so I will keep them for ordinary hikes without steeps, scree, or boulders.
What those Meindls have, besides excellent stability when tied properly, is a velcro-like grip on steep and wet rock, gravel, and mud. I tried many times to see at what point they would slip, and they just would not. That is very cool.
For serious Alpine stuff, I'd go for their regular "Perfekt Hiker", but I have no plans for that.
A couple of points:
- I use liner socks with these boots. Probably don't need to, but why not?
- Since my feet are not used to long hikes day after day, I go prepared for dealing with hot spots and blisters. Didn't have a single problem with that.
- Nothing is waterproof with heavy rain and wind. "Waterproof" boots do nothing for rain pouring in from the top, or from having to cross water that is over boot-level. Fortunately, human skin is waterproof.
- Word to the wise: In Europe, "walking" adventures typically means off-trail steep hill and non-technical mountain hiking with cliffs and boulders. It's not what I call "walking."
When you find a pair that "work" buy another pair and keep them in the closet. If you don't, you will be disappointed in a few years when you need to replace them and the new and improved "Light Hikers" don't live up to the old model.
Exactly, I had a pair of Meindl Perfekt Light Hikers purchased around 2003 I believe. They were very heavy and built extremely well, I used them hard for a dozen years or so. The regular Perfekt Hiker at the time was super heavy and more than I needed, I think they were built to withstand thermonuclear attack.
Well, when the Perfekt Light hikers finally needed replacement, they had been replaced by a much lighter, more athletic shoe type boot, now made in Italy. I think the same model as Bird Dog has. Nice boot, but it was not what I really needed, so I got the current Perfekt Hiker. It's an updated design, but much closer in weight and function to my old Lights. Yep, got a second pair in wider width for heavier socks.
Now, the Alico Summit, wow, what a great boot. They are probably discontinued, so I bought a second pair. They are old school design and construction, need a lot more break-in than the Meindls, but fabulous comfort, durability, support, and even fashionable good looks.
But Bird Dog is right about the Meindls, they are comfortable right out of the box.
I'm a fan of the Alicos. All leather, durable and made for heavy use. I've got the Tahoe for general use and the New Guide Mountaineering for the tough stuff--I'm an exploration geologist and I live in my boots. Sierra Trading post is the place to get them.