With a style similar to one of my all time favorite hiking boots (no longer in production), I was looking forward to field testing and writing this Meindl Toronto Boots Review. Comment below to find out which boots I am talking about!
Meindl Toronto Boots Review
The Meindl Toronto GTX boots are a lightweight, 3 season hiking boot for men and women, with a Meindl B Grade Rating. This means that Meindl has deemed it suitable for demanding hikes in low-level mountains. But how well do they really perform when put to the test?
The waxed aniline nubuck leather outer is lined with a Gore-Tex Performance Comfort Lining for the highest level of water resistance on the market. The Vibram sole has plenty of grip, rigidity, and flex to make it ideal for muddy walks and active lifestyles in the countryside. The lacing system and tongue pull together very nicely to secure your foot in place and provide lots of support around the ankles.
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Features and Specifications
- Weight: 1320g per pair
- Waxed Aniline nubuck leather outer
- Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lining
- Meindl Air-Active footbed
- EVA soft-tread wedge
- Vibram rubber profile sole
My initial thoughts were that of joy as I opened the box and smelled the familiar new leather smell that comes with all Meindl Leather footwear. The boot felt light, the soles had good flex, and the leather was tough yet supple. Unfortunately, I was disappointed when I tried them on to find they were a bit too tight at the widest part of my foot. I sent them back and quickly got a replacement sent out, ahh the beauty of the internet.
The replacement size was a size 11.5 (45 EU) as opposed to a size US 11, the fit was still a little snug but I was looking forward to breaking them in. The soles have a nice variety of tread with just the right amount of flexibility and ruggedness to tackle most terrain. As always the leather and craftsmanship that goes into a pair of Meindl Boots never fails to impress me, and this Toronto GTX Boot review is no different.
Comfort and Fit
While I have already mentioned about the tight fit, it is worth noting that I do have very wide feet. But at the same time, one of the reasons I choose to buy and wear Meindl boots is because they have a reputation for being a wider fitting than other brands. In the past, I have never had a problem with the fitting of my other Meindl boots. Which is why I was somewhat surprised to find they were quite narrow in comparison to say the Burma’s, Vakuum’s, or Meran’s. I feel that this Meindl Toronto GTX boots review would benefit from an alternate point of view as these boots just did not fit me. I have no doubt in my mind that they would, however, be great for someone with narrow feet, or even normal feet for that matter!
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The waterproofing on the Toronto GTX Boots is very good, both thanks to the supple but tough full-grain nubuck leather, and the Gore-Tex Performance Comfort Lining. The leather comes waxed but should be cared for regularly with the Meindl Boot Wax and Conditioner to maintain the highest levels of waterproofing. The entire boot is lined with Gore-Tex, including the tongue, which means as long as the water doesn’t go above the top of the boot, it ain’t getting in.
The breathability is as you might expect from a fully waterproof boot, not amazing, but no water tight boot ever is. The Gore-Tex lining certainly helps with this, allowing moisture to escape but not get in. Any moisture and excess heat that the Gore-Tex lets out can then escape through evaporation. The supple leather around the top of the boot has tiny air holes that allow any moisture and excess heat to escape the gap between the Gore-Tex and the leather. This ventilation is important, especially with waterproof protection like Gore-Tex, and makes the Meindl Toronto Boots great for 3 season walking.
Grip and Soles
The grip is decent for most standard trails, with a variety of tread which continues onto the side of the sole to increase your traction in mud and loose material. The lugs are deep enough but quite close together on the heel, I believe this is to help with shock impact when placing the heel down hard. I must admit the heel feels very good on flat ground but less noticeable on descents. The problem with the close-knit lugs is that they clog up with clay and thick mud quite easily as well as losing a little too much depth in the toe.
I like that the grip goes in both directions for ascents and descents, which worked well on dry boulders but not so much on slippery rock. One thing I do like about the soles on the Meindl Toronto’s is that feel very light and nimble with good arch support. The whole boot looks very streamlined, including the sole, which makes me think it might make a good “mountain running boot” – if there is such a thing!
Materials and Construction
The three main materials that most people care about is the leather, the waterproof lining, and the soles. If you have read this Meindl Toronto Boots Review up to this point, then you already know that only the best materials are used. Waxed Aniline Nubuck Leather, Gore-Tex Performance Comfort Lining, and Vibram Rubber Profile Soles all work together to provide protection and comfort from all angles.
The thing that drew me to review the Meindl Toronto Boots was the single piece of leather that is used to cover the entire front half of the boot. Without a rubber rand coming up from the sole to cover the lower part of the boot upper, stitching can sometimes be vulnerable to jagged rocks on extreme trails. By eliminating stitching from the front and sides of the boot, you reduce the risk of damage.
The craftsmanship is solid all the way through and as always, due care and attention have been spent on the lacing system. There are just 2 upper lace hoops which give your ankles great support and make lacing up fast and easy. If you look at how the lace hoops pull the boot around your foot you will notice that there are little grooves indented into the leather. The idea here is that over time, the leather will stretch and naturally adapt to your feet to give you a much more personal fit.
- High-quality materials and construction
- Waterproof and breathable
- Tough but flexible sole with a variety of tread
- Durable leather upper with minimal stitching
- Cushioned ankle support
- Narrow Fitting (could be seen as a pro to some people)
- Lugs are quite close together on the heel and drop a little too much depth towards the front
When I was waiting for my second pair of these to arrive I really, really, really wanted them to fit my wide feet better than the first pair. Unfortunately, over the 2 – 4 weeks I actually spent walking in them, trying to break them in, I did not succeed. I feel that for most normal people and especially people with narrow feet, the Meindl Toronto would be a fine choice indeed. In fact, if you normally find Meindl boots a little too wide for your feet, maybe you should try this boot!
The leather, the construction, the waterproofing, and overall protection this boot offers make it ideal for hiking and exploration. I wish these boots fit me better than they did but I guess you can’t win them all. If you have read this Meindl Toronto Boots Review and think these might be right for you – then please use the link below for today’s best price.
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The Meindl Toronto GTX boots are a lightweight, 3 season hiking boot for men and women, with a Meindl B Grade Rating. This means that Meindl has deemed it suitable for demanding hikes in low-level mountains.