Meindl Bhutan MFS Boot | Review
The latest in a long line of iconic Meindl walking boots is a comfortable performer with impeccable build quality allied to memory foam padded comfort.
- By Jon -
'Following in the boot-prints of the legendary Burma Pro, the Bhutan MFS is a solid-feeling, traditional, 3-season boot with excellent comfort and impeccable build quality'
Outdoors Magic: Great build quality, stiff sole, Memory Foam System padding, smooth Digifix lacing, Gore-Tex liner.
Outdoors Tragic: Slightly heavy by modern standards.
Outdoors Grabbit? Meindl's build quality and attention to detail has always been impressive and the Bhutan is no exception. Underfoot it's relatively stiff but supportive, up top Memory Foam padding, a soft ankle cuff and a medium volume fit give instant comfort. It's not a lightweight, fast and nimble boot, but the full rand and top notch leather should mean it lasts well and the solid chassis is happy on rough ground if you're the sort of person who prefers a very supportive boot on that sort of terrain. One of the very best boots of its kind available, if that's your bag and it fits, you won't go far wrong.
Full leather hill and mountain walking boot / Nubuck leather uppers / Gore-Tex waterproof lining / MFS (Memory Foam System) internal padding / Digifix lace system / full rubber rand / Vibram outsole
Full Review Below
Meindl Bhutan MFS Boot | Performance
The Bhutan MFS is the successor to Meindl's legendary Burma Pro, a boot we used to walk the Ausangate Circuit in Peru somewhere around the turn of the century. And in spirit of the 'if it an't broke, don't fix it', the changes are subtle.
It's still a medium weight, medium fit, three-season hill and mountain walking and backpacking boot with a decently stiff sole, but now it gets Meindl's MFS (Memory Foam System) padding in the ankle and tongue areas.
Memory Foam moulds exactly to the shape of your feet and feels brilliantly snug and supportive, albeit a little warm in hot conditions. In the case of the Bhutan, it adds up to instant and familiar comfort helped by the smooth-running Digafix lacing hooks which allow smooth-flowing adjustment of lace tension.
The boot's quite high at the ankle for protection and keeping grit and debris at bay, but doesn't feel restrictive thanks to the padding and design. Underfoot there's plenty of support on rough ground and if you like a light, nimble feel you'll need to look elsewhere, but for those who want a traditionally supportive sole unit with a bit of roll to the stride, it's spot on.
Build quality is impressive and the all-round protective rand should help preserve the uppers as well.
Meindl Bhutan MFS Boot | Verdict
Top quality, traditional, three-season boot with the bonus of memory foam padding giving deceptive levels of comfort straight out of the box.
The build quality is excellent with top notch leather, a well designed lacing system and a handy protective rand adding the promise of durability.
Down below, the Vibram outsole does a reliably grippy job and there's enough stiffness to satisfy those who want a more traditional feel than modern lightweight footwear offers. A great boot of its type.