Originally Posted by WAC M TRAC M
Then I saw a pattern on the reviews for Meidl where guys said they didn't last long and those reviews were followed but lots guys who were offended and said they are great, I"m on my 7th pair. I saw lots of that. Well if your on your 7th pair they are not lasting long.
No worries, we're all here to learn. I was mostly curious what evidence there was that the Meindls from Cabelas were somehow inferior to Meindls from elsewhere. I hadn't seen that, but have a small sampling to go by. I think it is as others have stated, certain models in their line are better than others. I personally think you're making too much of a leap of logic with your quote above about them not lasting long. Meindl has been around a long time and if some guys do a ton of hiking and get new boots every two years or so, 7 pairs could be reasonable. Besides, if you get real picky about your boots, you probably switch them out long before they "look" worn out. They will tell you that with running shoes - that you need to retire them and move to another pair after a certain number of hours/miles, not when they look worn out. If someone is willing to keep paying $$$ for 7 pairs and they are arguing that they are great boots and last a long time - I'd be more inclined to trust them.
I'm not saying they are the best. They are the best I've used, but I thought Leupold was good before using Swarovski - meaning, there certainly may be better. I've torture tested a few pairs, and have never had anything come apart. I'm attaching a pic of one pair that has MANY years and literally thousands of hours on them (not all hunting) - and not always taken care of well. I can't seem to kill them, even though my family hopes I'll end the relationship mercifully since they are tired of seeing me in them. They are wore plum out - and most probably would have replaced them VERY long ago. My favorite for the real nasty stuff is the Meindl Canadian (tall boot pictured)- you want to feel bullet-proof in the real nasty stuff (at least where elk are found) - these are the boots. Where the lacing dips low near the ankle - really helps you cinch it tight around the ankle and fit like a glove vs. a club. I know hard-core technical rock-climbing/mountaineering will call for a more rigic, technical boot, but for me and everything like this peak (pictured) on down, the Meindls have been great. (The peak looks technical (ropes etc.) - it isn't. I've climbed it - you go up the back-side and it isn't so nasty - steep and very rocky, but hikable.) I'm still open to trying the Kenetreks and others though - I just think the Meindls are one tough, good boot.