I have tried several well known makes and models of walking boot over the years, but keep coming back to Meindl Borneo. My feet are bang on imperial size 10, so need a boot in euro size 44.5 to obtain a good fit; something that not all manufacturers offer. In addition, my feet are a little wider than normal; not much, but enough to make the narrower Italian boots too narrow. The Borneos fit me perfectly and require the minimum of breaking in, after which they are as comfortable as a walking boot can be and the digifix lacing system is great.
They aren't lined with a waterproof bootie, so though I have never had a pair that leaked, in prolonged wet conditions, a certain amount of dampness will soak through the leather to the inside of the boot, but that is normal for all leather boots and as I dislike Goretex liners, that is fine by me.
The outer sole tread is great for general hill walking, though as always with Vibram soles, one has to take care on wet rock surfaces, as they tend to slip easily.
If I have one criticism, it would be of the choice of leather used. Nubuck leather looks good, especially when new, but I would prefer a more practical, full grained leather.
All in all, an excellent superbly made boot.
I bought a pair of these last years for work & general use, having walked the Americas with a pair years & years ago.
These were equally as comfortable as they were back in the day hence buying another pair. I bought the new pair for personal use as the older pair are used daily in a damaging environment (cement & mortar dust), they are still going strong - I use the Meindl Sportwax for Leather Footwear to help keep them in reasonable condition whenever I remember to (not often enough)
I do use a different insole (Superfeet Trailblazer) which improves (for me) what is otherwise a great boot.
Furthermore and most importantly I can not praise the customer care of Hill & Dale highly enough: they made the changing of the boot size last year a dream rather than the anticipated nightmare. Which is why I returned to buy from them again - plus they are competitively priced.
I should also point out that I received these very quickly considering they were out of stock and I ordered them during the pre Christmas period
As for the boot I find them comfortable from the first day of use with no breaking in required (for me).
A greatv experience all round - a BIG thank you to Hill and Dale.
Came very quick we have had same boots 3 times now always comtable would get again
Fine boots. If they are as good as the last two pairs I wore out they should be grand
This is pair three of this model over about forty years. Fab boots and top class workmanship.