As part of of The Great Outdoors magazine’s February 2021 review of winter mountaineering boots, David Lintern reviews the Meindl Litepeak Pro GTX
The Litepeak is the only B1 boot in my selection. As such it’s a bit of an odd one out, but that’s not a criticism. In some ways this is a perfect hybrid of traditional 3 and 4 season footwear.
There is plenty of flexibility in the toe, which means comfier walking over longer distances, but they will be much more tiring to front point with. On the technical side, there’s a heel welt and plenty of stiffness between the heel and ball of the foot – both laterally and along the length of the boot – which will translate into a solid enough platform for most semi-automatic crampons.
Lacing is traditional, with fabric loops on the foot, two cleats at the ankle and metal hoops above. The lower lock is a full-locking cleat, which can prove fiddly and freeze in the depths of winter, but overall the lacing system is very adjustable over different terrains and keeps the ankle firmly inside the heel of the boot.
The fit is roomy and comfortable inside, allowing plenty of room for the toes on descent. It’s medium volume outside, and doesn’t feel too bulky, and although the ankle cuff is reinforced and restrictive for scrambling, I found them very stable while boulder hopping. The Vibram sole is excellent. It’s a medium soft compound which proved very tacky and secure on a mix of surfaces. There’s a lower profile rubber rand to protect the upper and the Goretex liner is not too warm.
They may not be cut out for technical winter climbing, but for long treks with gentle, snowy slopes and non-technical peaks, they should work well and prove durable.
This product has been awarded our ‘Recommended’ endorsement.