We have worn several pairs of Raichle boots over the years and always found them to be great light weight boots and very comfortable. They were wide fitting and had a roomy toe cap. Besides, they are always design in great quality and I always feel safe when I have these pair put on my feet.
However, the tread wore down quickly and changes in design resulted in the sole being less stiff.
More recently we have experienced the sole coming away from the boot after less than two years and this is quite shocking us.
Whilst shopping round for replacement boots we found that some previous main suppliers had ceased to stock the brand all together. We are quite desperate and we even spent quite a lot of time to search around and gather are the information that we can get to know if we can get a replacement for the boots that we need quite desperately.
We have now heard that they have linked up with Mammut in some way. Let us hope that we will see a distinct improvement to a revamped range of boots. And hopefully the quality will not getting deteriorate after the linke up. We are still big fans of them and wouldn’t easily get shifted to other brands which we feel they are quite strange for us.
Meindl Hiking Boots
In the meantime David’s wife has bought Meindl boots – Burma Lady Pro MFS, and so far they seem comfortable and well suited to mountain walking having recently summitted 13 tops over 3000 feet soon after purchase.
The Meindl boot comes with a gore-tex lining and the leather upper gives good support and has a rubber rand to protect the leather. The vibram sole and air active footbed provides stiffness and good support on mountain terrain. We will let you know how the new boots perform over the next few months.