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The Bernina 2 is a classic walking boot that's part of Meindl's Comfort Fit range and offers a wider fit than a standard Meindl fit with more room around the toes and a greater boot capacity overall. It has similar technical specification to the well known Borneo.
The Bernina 2 boots are leather-lined and have Memory Foam around the heel area for enhanced comfort and a secure fit. The technology behind Meindl's Digafix also improves heel hold and stability, preventing the foot from slipping in the boot. The leather lining makes these boots more comfortable in warmer and more humid conditons due to a cooler foot climate. The cork Comfort Fit footbed from Meindl is known to provide a stable platform as you're standing on a wider base, whilst the defined contour allows for the natural roll of your foot when walking. Comfort Fit styles from Meindl are known for their out of the box comfort, minimal breaking in is required.
The Bernina 2 is a classic 2-3 season walking boot which will meet all your hillwalking requirements. For comfort, the boots are leather lined and have Memory Foam around the heel area. Digafix improves heel hold and stability. Without a waterproof membrane, the boots are more comfortable in milder conditions, keeping your feet cooler. Treat with Meindl Sportwax to maintain the water proofing of the leather outer and they will keep you dry. Minimal breaking in required.
Footbed: Comfort Fit®, Cork and Soft Synthetic Fabric covering with integrated fleece
Sole No. 92: Meindl Multigrip® 3 Alpin Light by Vibram®
Wide Comfort Fit: Wider fit and more toe freedom with a firm grip on the heel.
Memory Foam System (MFS)
DiGAfix® lacing system
Weight (Size UK 8): 870g / 30.68oz
Meindl for Hill - Meindl's Grade B Terrain Category: Supportive boots made using high quality leather. The sole units are stiffer than an A/B grade boot and they provide more stability and underfoot support. Suitable for demanding walks in the Lake District, North Wales and Scotland, as well as lower level paths in the Alps or Pyrenees during the summer.
Meindl Memory Foam System (MFS): Memory foam adapts perfectly to the shape of the foot under body heat and pressure. You will find memory foam in the uppers of a boot, and in the Soft Print foam in the footbed.
Comfort Fit® Technology: In comparison to a standard fit, a Comfort Fit shoe or boot has more space at the front of the foot with a firm grip at the heel. Your foot stands on a wider base, and the more defined contour of the sole enables an easier walking motion.
More room for the toes and extra volume
More width at the flexpoint and straight alignment of the instep, giving more room for the big toe
Wider stance due to wider sole base
Perfect fit due to the snug-fitting heel.
Comfort Fit® Cork Footbed: Moisture absorbent, they feature high-quality, flexible cork, a poron shock absorber, and cushioning around the metatarsal head, all of which helps provide natural shock absorbency and a stable platform. They also feature the same extra width around the forefoot for easy toe movement and a snug and secure heel fit thanks to the cupped shape; The Comfort Fit® Cork Footbed is contoured to the foot giving more stability and support than a standard footbed and an extremely comfortable wear, perfect for all day use and maximising your hiking experience.
Meindl Multigriff and Multigrip soles: These soles are characterised by three features:
The cleat at the front of the heel projects forward – it provides more bite and grip.
The tread has an open angle, so that it self-cleans as you walk.
The cleats in the centre of the sole make sure that the tread grips in all directions.
DiGAfix® lacing system: DiGAfix® is a lacing system that wraps the upper of the boot around the instep without creating any pressure points and locking the heel in place. It allows for flexibility and reduces pressure around the foot — The first priority is to tighten the boots correctly. Push your heel back, centre the tongue, and lace up. Be aware of the 2-zone lacing when doing so!
When walking up mountains, lace the lower area up to the locking hooks (the lower laces on the top of the foot) tightly, and the ankle area above rather more loosely, in order to allow for flexion and increase ease of movement.
When walking down mountains, mainly tie the laces on the ankle area tighter in the area of the ankle bend (DiGAfix®) in order to prevent the foot sliding forwards.
Conditioning and proofing spray keeps nubuck leather and suede protected. The boots can be treated when the uppers are not quite dry (don’t forget the tongues of the boots) – it ensures they will remain supple.
Applying a little wax to the hooks and eyelets will protect them from corrosion.
Meindl's Boots Terrain Category System:
Meindl boots are graded in a category system from A – D. These categories are based on the terrain that the boot will be suitable for. It is important that you choose the correct boot for the type of walking or activity that you’ll be doing. If you are not sure – read on, we are here to help!
Here’s everything you need to know to make a decision about the best boot for you.
Grade A - Meindl for Leisure:A good quality walking shoe with enough stability and underfoot protection for daily use. These shoes will take you from the urban commute and a weekend city break, on to a trail walk and lower level path. They are multi-purpose shoes. The Caracas GTX and Siena GTX are our quintessential A grade shoes
Grade M - Meindl for Multi Activity: Similar to Grade A, these good quality multi-purpose shoes and boots will take you from the urban commute to a lower-level path. The Nebraska Mid GTXandRespond GTX are the quintessential multi-use footwear.
Grade B - Meindl for Hill:Supportive boots made using high quality leather. The sole units are stiffer than an A/B grade boot and they provide more stability and underfoot support. Suitable for demanding walks in the Lake District, North Wales, Scotland, and Ireland as well as lower level paths in the Alps or Pyrenees during the summer. The Bhutan GTX, Adamello GTX, and Borneo 2 MFS are our classic B grade boots and firm favourites of UK and Irish customers.
Grade A / B - Meindl for Leisure and Hill: This category blends the two either side of it – A and B – meaning that these boots are suitable for both leisure and hill walking. They can stride out on footpaths and lower level hills. The main difference between these boots and those in category B is that these boots are more flexible and slightly softer in the upper. The Terlan GTX and Kapstadt GTX are excellent A/B grade boots.
Grade C - Meindl for High Mountains: These boots are designed to tackle mountainous terrain, unmarked routes, screes and glaciers. Due to the terrain, these boots are stiffer and provide more protection than boots of a lower grade. They are suitable for crampons and ideal for Scottish winters and higher altitude routes in the European mountains.
Grade B / C - Meindl for Mountain: These boots are handmade from high quality leather. They are heavier and have a more robust upper and sole unit than a B grade boot. They are suitable for occasional crampon use. Grade B/C boots are ideal for multi-day trips, demanding trekking, extended hikes in the high mountains, poor mountain paths, scree and fixed rope routes. We would recommend a grade B/C boot for winter walking in Scotland and more demanding European walking in the summer. The Himalaya MFS and Island MFS are our top rated B/C grade boots.
Grade D - Meindl for Mountaineering: These boots are fully stiffened and designed for high level mountaineering. They are fully crampon compatible and are suitable for expeditions to the high Alps and Himalayas.
Note: most of Meindl's shoes and boots are graded, but if you can’t see a specific grading next to a product, it doesn’t have one, and that means it’s for keeping your feet comfortable on every day adventures.
Meindl’s Top Tips:
Alfons Meindl developed the terrain categories to classify his family’s boots in 1975. Over the years, the system has been refined and it’s now widely used by many footwear manufacturers. If you are looking to purchase a pair of boots we would encourage you to read the terrain categories above.
If in doubt, choose as sturdier boot, as it will cover a wider range of uses.
If you frequently walk in wet regions, or there is not an opportunity to dry your boots overnight, opt for a GORE-TEX lined model.
If possible, get your boots fitted in the afternoon as your feet swell during the day.
Wear your new boots indoors at home to check that you have the correct size before heading outside.
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Meindl’s history takes us back to 1683. Petrus Meindl was the first family shoemaker in Kirchanschoring, Bavaria, Southern Germany.
Fast-forward over 300 years and Meindl now produce over 1 million pairs of boots and shoes from their same home in Germany each year. At the helm are Lukas and Lars Meindl, the eleventh generation of the Meindl family shoemakers.
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Nice wide fit, excellent construction, arrived from Belfast depot in good time (slight delay due to Boris Johnson being content with throwing the Good Friday agreement under the bus to secure his personal legacy)
Great service from the company though, if you like walking and have wide feet I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend!
I love these boots. For years and years I've struggled to find boots that fit my wide feet. I love that these have the comfort fit which means my little toes are not pinched. They didn't require any breaking in, which for me is really unusual for walking boots. The extra width also makes them look more in proportion with my big feet. I love them!
Another great boot from Meindl. The "Comfort Fit" boots just plain work for my wide feet. The Bernina 2 is super comfortable, the rocker sole is a joy to walk on and the typical Meindl lacing system makes these completely adjustable. Although Meindl Gore-Tex is the most breathable I have found, I wanted a pair of good old fashioned leather lined boot for even greater breathability and even better fit and comfort. These boots delivered. Meindl's are difficult to come by in the US but Jackson Sports has solved that problem for me, great company to work with.