Described by Meindl as a ‘Trail Activity Sport Shoe’, the Cuba GTX is lightweight and comfortable. When new it’s waterproof but I’ve never found the combination of a membrane and mesh fabric to remain so for very long. If a shoe is going to have a waterproof membrane I think it needs a more protective upper. The Gore-Tex membrane makes the Cuba GTX rather warm in hot weather and cancels out much of the breathability of the mesh. Without the membrane the shoes would be good for summer walking. It has all the necessary features – hard toe, supportive heel cup, good cushioning and good grip – and is well-made, as you’d expect from Meindl. Lacing is via suede tunnels and a thin cord that also runs along the side of the ankles. This system pulls in the shoe around the foot and on me they are a snug fit and just wide enough. Like most shoes the Cuba flexes easily across the forefoot but is quite stiff end to end.

The price is slightly higher than most of the other waterproof/breathable shoes tested but the weight is much lower. 

First published October 2013.

Overview

  • Overall: 3-5 out of 5

Pros: low weight, cushioning, grip

Cons: mesh/Gore-Tex upper

  • Details: PRICE Ј125 UPPER mesh/synthetic LINING Gore-Tex MIDSOLE cushioning OUTSOLE Meindl WEIGHT 722 grams SIZES men 6-12, women 3.5-8
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