/ Meindl Air Revolution Lite OR Scarpa SL?
The main issue for me would be water resistance. Walk in the SW of Ireland, where the rain rarely stops and mountains often come with raised bog and streams, often even on the upper stretches, so constantly standing in wet land or water. The Island Pros were great, feet stayed dry in streams. So anyone out there know which might be best?
I have the Meindls- super boot for Summer, all year in ireland i guess. Thou i do prefer fabric boots in summer, all the lighter Raichles i've had have eventually broken/rotted after continually damp/boggy days out. However i must stress that is doing a LOT of miles in them. The meindls are much much better built in my opinion.
SLs are established, but surely must come down to the fit at the end of the day.
Best boot i have purchased in a long time.
The conditions you described however i would tend to buy a leather boot over fabric....
Sorry to throw that curve ball in there, haha
I got the Meindl Air revolution 3.1.
The worst boot I ever bought IMHO.
They let in water and the stitching had gone within weeks.
Scarpa SLs all the way
I walked the coast to coast in the revolution lites last easter (wanted something lighter than scarpa mantas!). They were very good in the hot dry conditions and 30-mile days - hardly a single blister. Have not really tested them in the wet though.
Did so because I got a few recommendations on Irish sites that the Air Revolution Lites were waterproof. And what with doing a bit of economising, figured that it would be nice to get a pair of lighter boots as long as they were waterproof, and maybe retire the Island Pros to use around the upper ranges or in more testing weather rather than dumping them entirely and getting another heavy-ish pair.
I can't see why you would be comparing these two because they are so very different.
The scarpas are about twice the weight of the Meindls and non gore-tex and if taken care of will outlast your feet. My dad has the meindls, he got them for ~£91 on my staff discount when I worked in a shop. I'm not sure I'd pay the full price for them as they don't feel like they'll last as long as I like them to for the money. But then I say that from the perspective of a person who's had his current boots (scarpa delta) for about 7 years and I plan to get another year out of them.
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