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Topic - Winter Boots Similar To Meindl Respond?

NarwhalDancer on 24 Jan 2012
Hi, I'm looking to get some winter boots for walking in mainly muddy/peat-bog conditions on the moors around the Saddleworth area and over towards Black Hill. I have tried lots of different boots but most gave me blisters every time I went walking. Then I finally tried a pair of Meindl Respond Mid GTX boots and they are perfect. I never get blisters at all.

I think I have quite a fast walking style so I need lightweight boots to stop my feet getting so hot. I think because the Meindl's feel like trainers and are very comfortable, I don't notice I'm wearing them as much and my feet stay a lot cooler and don't blister up.

The only problem with the Meindl boots is that they're not very waterproof and with it raining a lot where I go walking and I have to cross a few streams/dodge waterlogged paths, I keep getting my feet wet. Not soaking wet but still enough to notice it. Also, my boots have rubbish grip in the wet, particularly in mud/peat. When it has rained a lot, the paths get washed away a bit and I need some good grip when going down hill.

I've been looking at the Inov 8 Roclite 400 GTX and Salomon Wasatch WP/Deemax 2 Dry boots. I know the Inov 8's aren't particularly designed for winter use but as they are made of nubuck leather they might offer a bit better waterproofing (I'm not that impressed with GTX waterproofing as it's more water-resistant than anything and is pretty useless most of the time). Plus the Inov 8's seem to have great grip, not sure if it's still good in the wet though.

The two pairs of Salomon boots are designed for Winter use so I'd expect them to perform well. I know Salomon boots have a reputation for being very comfortable and that's what I'm after. Something lightweight and comfortable to make sure I don't get blisters.

Has anyone got any experience of these boots or can recommend any others that will do the job I want. I want something as similar to my Meindl's as possible so I can avoid getting blisters and I know the Meindl's work brilliantly for that.

Thanks for any help.
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