But is the head made from 303 or 316 stainless steel? And does the overall construction meet UIAA standards? I note the head is only attached to the handle with one rivet, which is an obvious failure point.
If you found the Meindl boots so comfortable I would think about getting another pair of the same and hoping they last better, since comfort and fit are by far the most important factors when buying footwear. The Lundhags boots might be built like tanks and last for decades, but won't be good value for money if they kill your feet.
Otherwise, go to a decent walking gear shop and try on several pairs until you find the one that fits you best. It's really no use me or anybody else recommending one particular model, because what's great for one person might be useless for another.
Bergaus Explorer Active GTX men's hiking shoes, size 8. These were bought for my son who wore them three or four times and then grew out of them, so they are in excellent condition. £30 including postage.
Good to hear OM might perk up. I think there is room for a forum like this which is open to all and not just a closed group -- providing it's easy to use, quick and is run by people who have a clear interest in it. Ot late, you could sometimes feel the tumbleweed drifting through OM.
The Alpkit SkyeHigh sleeping bags already referred to above are generously cut -- in fact very like the Rab Ascent bags. The big advantage is they're much cheaper, unless you get a stunning deal on one of the Rab bags.