Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Vancouver, BC, .
Oh, very glad to hear. I will check them out. I haven't been able to find any hiking boots that fit in the last 5 years or so. Last pair of Meindls were a fitting mistake. Toes too close to the end, jammed agonizingly against the end of the boot on the descent. Paid a good sum for them too. But very difficult to shop for boots when he moved his store and then didn't stock anything and had to order them in for you, one at a time. An extremely slow way to shop for boots. I moved on to Hanwag. Unfortunately even the "wide" ones jam against my 4th and 5th toes and going up a size doesn't help, because then it becomes cavernous in the heel. Tried the ones for bunions. OK fit but despite several layers of wax, water came gushing in at the first shallow puddle. Next, I tried some other ones, brand name escapes me right now, that are a GREAT fit in the feet, but now there is a new problem: agonizing pressure on the ankle bones.
I actually don't hike much anymore because I can't find non-painful footwear!! (Boots, light trail shoes, doesn't matter!) If I go somewhere like Garibaldi in summer I can get away with it by bringing Teva sandals for the descent on non-rocky, well groomed sections of trail.
So, excited to see other options for buying Meindls as I did have a pair for 11 years that fit wonderfully and didn't cause me any grief at all.