Here’s my Meindl Bhutan review of the boots that I’ve had on test for the last 6 months.
As soon as I received them they went straight on. The fit is not overtly wide, but definitely not narrow, so they should fit the majority of peoples feet in the UK. I went up half a size from my regular every day shoe size to accommodate the thicker socks I like to wear with walking boots.
Pulling on the laces tightens up the whole lace system thanks to the smooth eyelets Meindl have used on these boots, it also helps that only the first four are traditional eyelets, with the top three being hook style, allowing you to tailor your fit with precision. (I like to tie half a bow before the hooks, having a tighter fit on the ankle, with a looser feel on the forefoot).
For a 3-4 UK season boot they have taken all I’ve thrown at them
The thing I like the best on these boots is the memory foam used on the upper. It gives you a great fit, and after the boots have warmed up, they really do start to mold to your ankle. I haven’t had any custom boots, but I am guessing that these are probably the closest to that in fit and comfort that you will get!
I’ve been wearing these boots for the last 6 months, so have probably had around 300hrs of use and the memory foam has just started to bed in, no longer adjusting to the shape of my feet, as it stays in the shape it needs to!
I’ve used these boots over various terrain, with the majority of use on Dartmoor, Exmoor and in the woodlands and fields around Devon. I’ve also used them abroad in Morocco.
Mud, slippy rocks, sand, roots, bracken, leaves and the occasional pavement haven’t given the Bhutan’s anything to worry about.
In all of the different conditions I have encountered none of them have given a problem to the Bhutan’s traditional looking Vibram sole.
Mud, slippy rocks, sand, roots, bracken, leaves and the occasional pavement haven’t given the Bhutan’s anything to worry about. Hopefully we will get some snow this winter and I can give them ago in that too!
The raised rubber rand around the bottom of the leather provides extra protection to the leather from sharp rocks -of which we have plenty in Devon – Granite and Flint can be very sharp and easily damage leather. The leather on my boots have shown no signs of damage, and I am not known for my slight of foot! To care for them I’ve been using Leder-Gris, a bees-wax based wax-oil care product for leather boots… and can also recommend this… easy to use and great for the leather!
Overall I’m really pleased with my Bhutan’s, they feel great, given me great performance and to top it off aren’t heavy.
Yeah, they aren’t the stiffest boots around, or the lightest, or the best looking… but for a 3-4 UK season boot they have taken all I’ve thrown at them, and are very comfortable. They have lasted well so far, and don’t really look out of place with a pair of jeans down the pub!
I’d recommend anyone looking for a do-it-all boot to pop down to us and try a pair of Bhutan’s on… if only to experience the memory foam in action!
Brad Wills – Exeter Shop