There is nothing worse that slogging through a three day hike wearing wet boots. Besides the obvious discomfort wet boots imply the water softens up your feet and then they get torn up pretty bad. This was my experience while walking in the Lake District last year. The same boots let me down again when hiking in NZ.
Time to get some new boots.
My priority was to get waterproof boots. Boots that I could, basically, go swimming in.
I’ve now had my new Meindl Himalaya boots long enough to review them.
I love these boots.
First walk I wore them on, an 18km hike around a muddy winter route in the Chilterns, I experienced no blisters or rubbing. I attribute the comfort to the MFS system.
We just got back from Scotland where I walked 5 full days. We had 4 high level walks, over 1000m, and a low level lake circuit. The boots did not leak during the low level walk with tracks akin to small streams and a nice fording of a frisky mountain stream where I had both boots in ankle deep rushing water. I went out of my way to walk through as much water as possible to give them a good work out. Dry feet. Bliss!
The boots stayed comfy and dry all trip with only a small rub on my lower shin that I fixed with a different lacing system.
I can’t recommend these boots enough. They weren’t cheap but dry feet == heaven.