When it comes to hiking boots, few brands are as iconic as Danner. For over 80 years, Danner has been making some of the best hiking boots on the market. Whether you’re looking for a boot that can take on any terrain or one that’s specifically designed for wet conditions, there’s a Danner boot that will fit your needs.
One of the things that makes Danner boots so special is the attention to detail that goes into their construction. Every pair of boots is handmade in Portland, Oregon, and each boot goes through over 200 different production steps. This ensures that every pair of Danner boots is built to last.
Another reason why hikers love Danner boots is because of the brand’s commitment to innovation. They were one of the first companies to use Gore-Tex in their boots, and they continue to experiment with new materials and technologies to make their boots even better.
If you’re in the market for a new pair of hiking boots, be sure to check out what Danner has to offer. You won’t be disappointed!
Danner Hiking Boots # 1) Danner Men’s Mountain 600 4.5″ Hiking Boot
The mountain 600 is the modern look and feel of Danner original mountain light boot. LAST TYPE: DPDX
A 5-Star Review: Bought these Sept. 11, 2018
Review Jan. 11, 2019
Average 10k steps daily on these boots. These have been used for hiking and everyday use (mostly hiking).
I’m 330 pounds
Overall great boot, lightweight and comfortable out of the box.
Considering my weight and the hundreds of thousands of steps I have taken in these,
, I would say they are worth it. These pictures where after i had the boots submerged thruout a hike and the back of the boot barely starter to give way today (same with the toe). Overall good quality boot that grips amazing on all surfaces wet or dry.
Waterproofing i dont think held up, i went for a wet/dry hike today and they got my feet all wet. Hard to tell if its the liner or the boot being to short. Overall im still satisfied..
Update Aug 13th 2019. These are finally being replaced. Not bad consodering the extra wear i usually put on my shoes. Still satisfied overall.
Update 9/16/19 one year later and these boots have been replaced with same ones. These boots are very comfy even if your a bigger guy.
A Critical Review: I don’t usually have to leave a bad review as I’m very easy to please. I bought these boots June 2018. They look sharp and are super comfortable, but they are very very poorly made. I wouldn’t risk taking these on a serious hiking trip, if you do please take a back up pair of shoes. Also these will make your feet sweat, a lot. I would not buy these again unless Danner goes back to it’s roots and makes quality boots again. Comfortable, flashy, but not well made at all. Amazon did take care of me and are overnight shipping a replacement pair, but I’m sure this will happen again. Don’t buy.
Danner Hiking Boots # 2) Danner Women’s Mountain 600 4.5″ Waterproof Hiking Boot
The Danner Women‘s Mountain 600 4.5“ Waterproof Hiking Boot is a great choice for your next hike. The waterproof construction will keep your feet dry, while the 4.5“ height provides support and stability on uneven terrain. The boot‘s Vibram outsole delivers traction and durability on any surface, and the cushioned footbed provides all–day comfort. Whether you‘re hitting the trails or exploring the backcountry, the Mountain 600 is a great choice for your next adventure.
A 5-Star Review: I’m elated with these boots! First of all let me qualify my review, I purchased these they were not given to me to provide a review. I am a 71-year-old female with narrow feet especially in the heel. I have high arches and many shoes slide up and down the heel and or do not have enough arch support. On my left foot I have a Morten Neuroma And bone spur ring over my first toe first joint. On my right foot I have had to have surgery three times and have a steel plate and six screws in the first joint of the big toe. I can no longer flex that tow it is rigid. So finding the right balance in two shoes it’s so much challenging for me. I found that the shoes had enough give to allow my Naroma to be comfortable along with the fact that the box area was sufficiently wide enough for the front of my foot. The shoe was also Supportive enough to keep my big toe with the bone spurs from bending too much. The right foot where the plate is did very well because of the support not allowing and one non-flexible toe to be supported. My heels did not ride up and down and I felt like the arch support was OK. I only walked 1.39 miles today because that is always enough to cause my feet to start hurting. The verdict is they did just fine. I had A medium weight crew socks on. so to sum up the Toebox was sufficient for the front of my foot, the heels did not slip in the arch didn’t bother me. I purchased a size 7 which is what I normally wear.
A Critical Review: I’ve had a bizarre experience with danner sizing. I wear an 8.5 in fashion shoes and 9.5 in Nike running shoes. I have wide feet. I read other reviews about these running big. I ordered an 8.5 and 9. The 9s were super tight and they 8.5s had a bigger fit than the 9s. The 8.5s felt great but I need a little more toe room so I don’t hurt my toenails on hikes. The sizing is completely inconsistent and confusing. I ordered a 9.5 in the adrika and jag styles- they were huge, like a 10.5. I ordered an 8.5 In the jag and just like the 600 there isn’t quite enough toe space. I feel like hiking boot Cinderella. My last ditch effort may be to order a 9 in the jag and see if that works. I love the 600 boot but can’t seem to get the sizing right. In general, the 600, adrika, and jag all seem like really nice, lightweight boots. 600 feels the most supportive to me.
Danner Hiking Boots # 3) Danner Women’s Adrika Hiker 5″ Waterproof Hiking Boot
The Danner Women‘s Adrika Hiker 5“ Waterproof Hiking Boot is perfect for your next hike. With a waterproof leather and mesh upper, this boot will keep your feet dry while allowing them to breathe. A Danner Dry lining and Vibram outsole provide superior waterproof protection and traction on wet or dry surfaces.
A 5-Star Review: I decided to use Amazon’s wardrobe feature to try 3 different hiking shoes, the Danner Adrika 5″, the Merrill Siren Traveler 3, and Keen Terradora 2 mid leather.
All three of these shoes met a few criteria for me:
-100% waterproof up to the tongue opening (I tested each shoe in a tub of water)
-able to insert carbon fiber orthotics with relative ease and comfort
-suede/leather material and seemingly good quality
-toe bend is in a good spot
Some specs on just the Danners:
-order true to size, I usually wear a 9 and the 9.5 were too big
-these have little to no arch support without an insert
-soft, malleable and comfortable right out of the box
-1 year warranty from Danner and extra set of laces in the box
-color is accurate
-metal lace holders make them a little difficult to tighten
-toe box seems oddly shaped; it’s very round and doesn’t seem to hug the little toes (which may be due to them being too big but I’m not sure)
-highest rise of the 3, about 1 inch above the ankle bone
-worst bottom grip of the 3, pretty flat on the bottom which may not be good for technical or difficult hiking
Ultimately I decided to keep the Keens, but these still seemed a good quality shoe if you like the things I mentioned.
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Merrill Siren Traveler 3:
-best grip of the 3, I tested them on wet grass and mud and they were AMAZING
-wide shoe fits like a regular (I ordered 9.5w)
-more brown than image indicates
-trusted brand (my other Merrills lasted two years with constant use and were still waterproof at the end)
-best arch support of the 3
-rises about 3/4 inch above ankle
-order true to size or up 1/2 size
Keen Terradora 2 mid leather:
-medium grip of the 3
-slightly tight on top of foot (although after loosening the laces and walking around this went away)
-rises just above ankle bone (which I prefer)
-order true to size or up 1/2 size
-may need a little breaking in
-color is accurate and cute
-medium arch support of the 3
A Critical Review: So bucks spent and returns are such an annoyance I just assume keep them. They do not have the shock absorption of a Timberland product and seem to run too large. I tried a Dr. Shoals gel insert I had unopened for some time and used it on top of the manufacturers insole, it helped with comfort and making the shoe feel more like a better fit, but still the shoe did not seem right.
I went ahead and ordered the Timberland Pro insert and will replace the Danner insole with that and see how it goes. But that added bucks to the money spent on these shoes PLUS tax.
If the Timberland insert does not transform the comfort of this shoe I’ll stash them away in the closet for one of those days you just need something to muck around in. Definitely not a shoe I want to wear everyday. I will add that even aesthetically, to me they are not as nice as they seem online.
Danner Hiking Boots # 4) Danner Men’s Explorer 6″ Gore-Tex Hiking Boot
Danner Men’s Explorer 6″ Gore-Tex Hiking Boot is a boot made for the avid hiker. It is a boot that is both comfortable and stylish. This boot is perfect for those who enjoy hiking in all types of weather. The boot is made with a Gore-Tex lining which makes it waterproof and breathable. The boot is also made with a comfortable EVA footbed. The boot has a Vibram outsole which is perfect for traction and stability on all types of terrain.
A 5-Star Review: I’d like to preface by saying very rarely do I take time out of my day to write reviews, but if I feel strongly enough about a product then I’ll share my thoughts.
I’ve had these boots for over 2 months now and wear them all day on a daily basis. My job as an LE Ranger for the NPS requires me to put my gear through vigorous use during each shift. Contrary to popular thought, I’m not out hiking all day. I’m jumping in and out of rigs, I’m sprinting, I’m crawling, I’m carrying heavy loads, I’m stepping in and over just about everything you can imagine and yes, I go for the occasional hike. These boots handle it all and then some!
Before buying, I did a lot of research and I’ve also tried on a pair of Danner Bull Runs in the past which made me familiar with how narrow they run. I made my decision between these and the Mountain Light iis, which many of my coworkers wear. However, the thing that sealed the deal for me is the Explorers are an inch taller and I figured that might mean avoiding the dreaded Achilles issues Mountain Lights are notorious for. I’m happy to say I’ve had 0 Achilles issues with these boots. The explorers also weigh slightly less than the Mountain Lights, I’m guessing due to construction, but I really haven’t found them to be “heavy.” No they are not as light as your tennis shoes, but they don’t feel like Dumbbells strapped to your ankles either. If anything, they feel sturdy and that’s exactly how I want my boots to feel for this price.
If you’ve made it this far, listen closely because here is the major trick with these boots; if you have even a moderately wide foot BUY EE, if you have a majorly wide foot, I’d definitely try these on in person before buying. I have never in my life needed wide sized shoes in any brand or any style, but Danner sizes their hikers small for stability purposes, which you can read directly on their website. As for length, I find them to be true in size for a hiker. You’re supposed to have a little room near the toes for downhill portions of trails. I usually wear them with wool socks and have never had any issues regarding fit.
BREAK IN PERIOD:
Virtually non existent. The leather was very supple and of the highest quality. I played with the laces a little bit because if you pull them too tight you’ll get some pressure points, but once the leather starts molding to your foot you can tighten them up a bit more. Again, I’ve heard the Moutain Light iis have a bit of a break in period compared to these. I’m not sure if that’s due to different construction materials or what, but I’ve had worse break ins with dress boots if you can believe that.
In a market flooded by brands selling out their work to overseas factories (I’m looking at you Vasque), the quality of these boots is unmatched. It appears Danner may have also solved the fiberglass shank issues as none of the more recent reviews mention it. So far no issues for me either and my boots have a manufacture date of Dec. 2014, which is after most of the shank issue reviews.
They look like your grandfathers boots. They look rough and ready, which is exactly what they are. I’m happy to know that for a fraction of the original cost I’ll be able to mail these boots off to Danner to get resoled when they finally break down on me, but I’m not expecting that to happen for many years to come. These boots have quickly become my favorite part of my uniform and something just feels good about wearing boots made in the USA. I’ll do my best to give an update down the road, but so far, 2 major thumbs up!
—————- UPDATE ———————
Over a year and a half later of wearing these boots 4-5 times a week for 8-10 hours per day and they are still going strong. No blown stitches, Vibram outtersole is holding up, no broken fiberglass shanks, leather is still supple (with regular care), even the laces are still just fine. These boots have seen dirty/muddy trails, sandy beaches, asphalt, saltwater, rivers and everything in between and they are still awesome! Danner has a customer for life.
A Critical Review: I purchased a pair of these boots in size 10D after trying on a pair at a local store. They weren’t the most comfortable, but everyone I talked to said they needed to be broken in. I figured I would have to wear them for a couple weeks or more to get them where I wanted them.
Fortunately for me, the heel shank in one of boots shattered after just a few days (lost half a star for this). I returned them to Amazon, and got a full refund. During this time without boots I did some measuring and reading online about sizing, and thought I would try a pair of 9.5EE instead.
Let me tell you – AMAZING difference. What at first seemed like a pair of boots I would just have to get used to is now a pair of boots I’m excited to put on every day. Though I’m pretty sure the “new” pair is a pair another customer returned (no tags, no insert, boxed turned inside out). Considering the no hassle return of my old pair and the reduced price of the “new” pair, I won’t complain.
All in all, I’ve put many miles on these boots in the last month and change. Get your foot sized, it is well worth it. And remember that full leather boots need care to keep them in good shape for the long haul. Conditioner and waterproofing will keep them in good shape for years to come.
– – – – On a side note, you cannot take the new Danner’s to any boot shop to be resoled! My local boot guy told me that they use a heat activated glue and a special “oven” to attach the soles, and that the Danner recrafting shop is the only place that can do it (lost another half star for this). You must send your boots back to Danner to get resoled. This may make a difference to some of you. And if anyone knows any different, please let me know!
UPDATE MAY 22ND, 2012:::::
So after a couple good hikes, overland and through everything in Buck’s Lake Wilderness in the Sierra of California, as well as daily use in my study sites in the Klamath Mountains and East of Chico, CA, the heel shanks in both boots had shattered. This caused an obnoxious clicking with every step and wore a hole in the leather on the back of one boot. I honestly don’t know if it is something with how I walk or with the boots themselves, though a pair of boots should be able to handle hiking like this without destroying themselves in a matter of >45 miles. I have returned them and will give Danner one more chance with a pair of Mountain Light II’s. They are an inch lower on the ankle and have a heel cup, but not a full height heel shank. Down to 3 stars. If these fail, I’m off to try Limmer Boots
Danner Hiking Boots # 5) Danner Women’s Explorer 6″ Gore-Tex Hiking Boot
At Danner, they are craftsmen. They pay attention to details. They forgo quantity for quality, with the knowledge that the boots they craft are no better than the hands that create them.
A 5-Star Review: It will take a while to break them in but they look to last me for years… 😉
Danner Hiking Boots # 6) Danner Men’s Arctic 600 Side-Zip 7″ Waterproof 200G Hiking Boot
Looking for a versatile, reliable hiking boot? Check out the Danner Men’s Arctic 600 Side-Zip 7″ Waterproof 200G Hiking Boot. This boot is constructed with a waterproof leather and textile upper, and features a 200g Thinsulate lining for added warmth and protection in colder climates. A Vibram outsole provides excellent traction and stability on varied terrain, while a side zip closure makes for easy on/off. Whether you’re exploring the backwoods or hitting the trails, the Danner Men’s Arctic 600 Side-Zip 7″ Waterproof 200G Hiking Boot has you covered.
A 5-Star Review: These are great boots so far. Can not speak to their durability. The zipper works for getting my feet in and out unlike many of the reviewers. Kept my feet plenty warm with wool socks while shoveling snow in 20 degrees. Very comfortable.
A Critical Review: After the long break-in period the shoes were great but with only moderate use the soles wore out within one year!! Can’t recommend.
Danner Hiking Boots # 7) Danner Women’s Crater Rim 6″ Gore-Tex Hiking Boot
The 610 is our most universal last and can be worn by all foot shapes and sizes. It provides a snug fit through the heel while allowing ample toe room for most versatile fit. This allows more support and side-to-side movement.
A 5-Star Review: As an archeologist hiking is my life. I bought these boots due to the make and comfort, I will say they are super comfy and well cushioned. I walk up to 10 miles a day an I haven’t gotten blisters. The only downside is the lace up, the laces come undone easily and after a while of using the boots the leather becomes stretched.
A Critical Review: I am exchanging for a size up. Too tight in the toes.
Danner Hiking Boots # 8) Danner Men’s Explorer 650 6″ Hiking Boot
The Danner Men’s Explorer 650 6″ Hiking Boot is a great choice for your next hike. It features a waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX liner to keep your feet dry and comfortable, and a Vibram outsole for traction and stability on any terrain. The 650 also has a cushioned insole and a supportive shank for all-day comfort, and a durable leather and nylon upper that can handle the elements.
A 5-Star Review: I love them. I wear them to work doing carpentry work. I will definitely buy another pair. I bought the mountain 600 originally but I figured they looked to nice to wear to work and scuff up. So I bought a pair of 650’s. I will say the 600’s are a little more comfortable than the 650 because of the soft cushioned tongue in the 600. Also you can never go wrong buying a boot with a vibram sole. When I was in the military most everyone would have their army issued boots resoled with vibram soles because of comfort. The 650’s give plenty of ankle support also. Which I need because I have screws in ankle from old fracture. I would definitely recommend.
A Critical Review: It’s difficult to find a hiking boot that doesn’t look upsurdly ‘technical’ to me. What happened to classic designs? Well these boots have amazing looks- they belong in a forest. This was my first, and possibly last, pair of Danners.
#1 Annoying sticker inside shoe that was nearly impossible to remove in one piece. Top layer of sticker ripped off and left the rest behind. Small issue- but a bad sign of lack of attention to detail.
#2 I personally had to really force my heel to get these on. However, they were snug and fit me perfectly. Once nicely tightened, however, the top metal lace loops would dig into my leg and HURT. It created a hotspot with the tongue that was the worst I have ever felt. Had to keep these a little loser then I would have liked to avoid the pain. That’s a serious issue that I have read others having as well.
#3 Here’s the big one- the toe cap on BOTH boots was splitting from the shoe after 1 mountain hike (7 miles). The first and last hike I ever took these on. The pictures don’t show the full extent- but if I did that hike again the toe cap would likely be completely detached.
I contacted Danner and they told me I would have to ship the boots back to them for warranty (on my dime..)
Danner Hiking Boots # 9) Danner Men’s Vertigo 917 Hiking Boot
The Danner Men’s Vertigo 917 Hiking Boot is a versatile and stylish boot that can be worn on the trail or around town. It features a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex lining to keep your feet dry, while the Vibram outsole provides traction and stability on any terrain. The boot also has a comfortable and supportive fit, making it ideal for all-day wear.
A 5-Star Review: I like this boot a lot except for the color is not really what I thought it would be. It’s more green than grey. But it’s turning I think, but that could be a bad thing, because it looks like it’s turning more white.
Also the top two hooks for the laces on my right boot always slip off or loosen for some reason while the left doesn’t? Idk I wish it had eye holes all the way up and a side zipper.
Also it needs a finger ring to pull on and to catch pant cuffs and hold them above it.
Some people said they are too narrow. I wear a 13 quad A and they are pretty comfortable to me compared to docs which I love but swim in and have to wear multiple socks to touch the sides. I still really don’t touch the sides a lot on these boots but they feel more like basketball shoes which I love. So to all the wide width feet people out there your not the only foot type that needs to be catered to! Hell every shoe and boot is made to fit 70% of your fat feet while 30% get the shaft 80%-90% of the time and live with it. God for bid a company markets a narrower fitting boot for that market. Also, I don’t want to wear boots that make me think I’m Frankenstein’s creature or eddy muster. Anyway, fat feet people need to know not everything is about them. Smdh
Docs are probably more comfortable just to walk-in or stand but since I don’t swim around in the danners I can wear them all day and not feel the need to take them off right when I get home because my feet hurt. I normally keep them on because I don’t notice them.
I would give them 5 stars but the color and wear might be a concern.
A Critical Review: I purchased these boots to be a good-looking rain and snow shoe. They’re comfortable out of the box, they seem to be made of nice materials, and an extra set of laces were included. Unfortunately, there are some flaws that caused me to return them. First is the boot’s tongue. It’s only gusseted about halfway up the shoe, and does not tuck into the lacing very well. With the boots completely laced up tight, I can work a finger into the side of the boot and touch my socks. This does not give me confidence that the boot will stay dry in a heavier downpour or a few inches of snow. Second is the issue of the lacing hooks near the top of the boot. The rivets poke through the back and make contact with my ankle. Again, the tongue of the boot does not tuck in enough to provide a barrier between these rivets and your foot, and I can see these being an issue after prolonged wear. Lastly, while I think the elastic side panels were great in theory (similar to Chelsea boots), they probably should not be on a boot that is supposed to be semi-rugged. I don’t believe the elastic panels are waterproof, and I feel like they might stretch permanently over time. Overall, I can see this being a great boot for urban wear and the occasional rainfall, but I was hoping for something more waterproof.
Danner Hiking Boots # 10) Danner Women’s Mountain 600 4.5″-W’s Hiking Boot
The Danner Women‘s Mountain 600 4.5“-W‘s Hiking Boot is a versatile and stylish hiking boot that is perfect for any adventure. The boot features a waterproof and breathable GORE–TEX liner that keeps your feet dry and comfortable, while the Vibram outsole provides superior traction and stability on any terrain. The boot also has a cushioned EVA midsole for added comfort, and a durable leather and nylon upper that can handle any terrain.
A 5-Star Review: If you do not need high arch support, I would recommend you try these out. If they fit the shape of your foot, they’d likely be very comfortable and would wear well.
– Quality build. The quality of the leather, soles, and overall manufacture is very nice. They look like they would last a long time.
– Very cushioned insole. If I did not need strong high arch support I would be trilled to have these cushy insoles.
Cons (if you have high arch, low volume feet):
– Arch support is not strong or high. If you have plantar fasciitis, you’ll need to use alternate insoles. Unfortunately that eliminates the cushy insole. I also found that putting an orthotic in did not work for me, because then my toes hit the top of the forefoot of the boot.
– The width of the boot was more than I needed. I could have addressed this with thicker socks, but I would need to size up to get enough toe space with my orthotics, so my feet would have been slipping side to side.
A Critical Review: First of all, I loved these boots. They are comfortable, lightweight and super cute. I wore them 2 times in wetter conditions walking through the woods and the ‘waterproof’ boots were ruined with water spots caused from moisture getting trapped between the waterproof liner and the leather. I specifically purchased from an Oregon company, as they should be able to make boots that can hold up to wet Oregon weather, and it’s not like I am walking through rivers. I reached out to Danner, exchanging many photos and emails. Their customer service is great but… long story short they lost my boots and gave me a credit on their site but they are literally out of every size in every waterproof boot. So here I am and no boots. Then they sent me another pair after I threw a fit. They are much darker than the website shows and not the color of my first boots. Danner, what is going on with your quality control?! They have a great reputation, but I haven’t had the best experience, so I’m torn. I only ever got a chance to wear my boot like 10 times.
Danner Hiking Boots # 11) Danner Men’s 453 5.5″ Gore-Tex Hiking Boot
The Danner Men’s 453 5.5″ Gore-Tex Hiking Boot is a top quality hiking boot that is built to last. It features a Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable liner to keep your feet dry and comfortable, and a Vibram outsole for superior traction and durability. The boot also has a full-grain leather upper for added durability and style, and a padded collar and tongue for added comfort.
A 5-Star Review: My first pair of these boots lasted a good eight years. Even after I wore the soles off the rest of the shoes were still intact and supportive. I bought the first pair at Cabelas but by the time I was in the market again Cabelas no longer sold the wide sizes. Amazon had what I was looking for and at a much better price also. Since I was replacing a shoe I had been wearing for quite a while I knew exactly what size and style I needed so there was really no fear of them not fitting.
A Critical Review: I owned these boots for a little over a year. I wore them for work (mostly outdoors) and for outdoor recreation. Out of the box they were the most comfortable pair of boots I have ever worn and the design of the boot seemed to help propel my steps forward effortlessly as I walked. However, there are a few things I didn’t care for about these boots. The first, and perhaps the most important thing to note, is that they didn’t provide enough traction on wet surfaces. I would sometimes find my feet slipping around on me even walking on fairly rough asphalt driveways when working in town. At home I slipped and busted up my elbow pretty good (cost me a trip to the emergency room) while crossing a small creek that runs though my property while wearing these boots. I have been crossing that creek several times a week for the last 25 years and I’ve never had trouble keeping my footing even while wearing el-cheapo Wally World work boots. One of my favorite activities is going for hikes at a local nature preserve in a light rain because, in most cases, rain = less people. I live in an area with hilly, rocky terrain so I need boots that grip hard, wet surfaces. These Danners, I’m sorry to say, were just not up to the task. If don’t feel comfortable wearing them on hikes just outside of town there is no way I would wear them on extended multi day camping and hiking excursions at the Red River Gorge where a slip could mean instant death (not exaggerating in the least). Some other little annoying things about these boots are: 1) They squeaked, which means they were no good as a hunting/stalking boot. 2) The leather around the ankle leached dye onto my socks. I thought that maybe this would stop happening after a while but they kept staining my socks every time they were exposed to moisture for the life of the boot. 3) They didn’t breathe. This may not be a problem for most people but I tend to sweat a lot (more than most people under similar conditions) working outside in the summer heat. There were times when I was working on very hot days that I would have to stop and pour the sweat out of my boots since the gortex tended to trap moisture. They also took forever to dry out after the insides got wet. After a while the leather no longer repelled water and moisture built up between the leather and gortex causing a musty, moldy smell. (Yes, I cleaned, dried and treated them with Danner’s expensive waterproofing spray regularly.) After one particularly wet bank fishing excursion in a light rain the boots became waterlogged from walking through the wet weeds along the creek bank (at no time were they submerged in creek water) after which they lost their shape which made them uncomfortable to wear. I wore them for work for a few more weeks then the foot bed collapsed and the tread began to come apart. I tried gluing them back together and replaced the insoles but after the foot bed gave up the ghost they became unwearable. I will give credit where credit is due say that they were tough work boots. I put them through a lot of abuse doing construction, renovations, digging, running a jackhammer and crawling around on concrete floors. I really appreciated Danner’s lacing system which allowed me to compensate for my feet swelling throughout the day and wearing slightly thicker socks in colder weather. After all is said and done I feel I got my money’s worth out of them as work boots but since I bought them initially as my go to outdoor boots my rating reflects their performance in that area as well hence the – 2 stars.
Danner Hiking Boots # 12) Danner Men’s Mountain 600 4.5″ 200G Waterproof Hiking Boot
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Inspired by decades of legendary hiking boots, we partnered with Vibram to forge a new path in hiking footwear. The combination of the Vibram spe midsole and fuga outsole gives an unparalleled grip on wet and dry surfaces while providing superior cushioning without the weight. Designed to withstand the climate and terrain of the pacific northwest, we utilized a rugged, waterproof suede upper and Danner dry waterproof protection. The mountain 600 defines a new category in hiking boots we call performance heritage – combining our classic styling with lightweight innovation.
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A 5-Star Review: Very happy with these boots after a few days. Haven’t used them for hiking yet, but as a general winter boot alternative to my Sorels, these are surprisingly good. Excellent grip, small profile makes them easy to drive in, good ankle support, and kept my feet warm in 0F Wisconsin winter weather while shoveling this weekend.
I typically wear a 9.5 and that’s what Danner recommended. I find these are maybe 1/4 size too large, but are almost perfect with thick wool socks, which I’ll almost always wear with these boots. 9 was too small.
Danner Hiking Boots # 13) Danner Women’s Mountain 600 4.5″ 200G Waterproof Hiking Boot
The Danner Women‘s Mountain 600 4.5“ 200G Waterproof Hiking Boot is a tough and durable boot that will keep your feet dry and comfortable no matter what the terrain. With a 200g waterproof and breathable membrane, this boot will keep your feet dry in the wettest conditions. The 4.5“ 200g insulation will keep your feet warm in the coldest temperatures, and the Vibram outsole will provide traction and stability on any terrain.
A 5-Star Review: Fits perfect. I’m usually a 7.5 or 8. The 7.5 was perfect. 8 would have been too long. Looks like it will be warm and grippy for the snow! I’d also like to add if you have a bunion this might work for you too. I tried another style “The Jag” And it was tooooo barrow. But this style fits because the laces go all the way down almost to your toes.
A Critical Review: My feet, alone, felt comfortable in these Danner hiking boots, but the top rim of the boot and the top corners of the tongue are stiff. I just couldn’t ignore the uncomfortable feeling of it slightly digging into my lower legs all the time. Also, the opening at the back of the boot dips low along the achilles tendon. I was concerned it was so low that weeds or snow could possibly get inside the back of the boots via that low dip when I walk through tall vegetation or snow. I returned the boots, so I couldn’t try out the Arctic Grip bottoms in real life. But I tried sliding an ice cube on the treads that had the Arctic Grip, and the ice cube could not slide on them at all–a very good thing for anyone walking on ice.
Danner Hiking Boots # 14) Danner Women’s Mountain 600 EnduroWeave 4.5″-W’s Hiking Boot
The Danner Women’s Mountain 600 EnduroWeave 4.5″-W’s Hiking Boot is a boot designed for the active woman. It features a Danner Dry waterproof lining to keep your feet dry, and a Vibram SPE midsole for cushioning and support. The EnduroWeave upper is tough and abrasion-resistant, and the boot is finished with a Vibram Megagrip outsole for superior traction.
A 5-Star Review: These boots are great for hiking. They have a lot of support if you struggle with high arches. The toe box has plenty of room, so your toes don’t feel constricted. I had mild blisters on my heels after the 1st hike, but I’m assuming they need to be broken in. Danners are def the way to go and worth the money!
A Critical Review: Shoes are ok, don’t take much breaking in. The rubber sole is already torn after only 3-4 times worn in easier hikes.
Danner Hiking Boots # 15) Danner Women’s Explorer 650 6″ Hiking Boot
The Danner Women‘s Explorer 650 6“ Hiking Boot is a versatile hiking boot that can take you from the trail to the street with ease. The boot is made with a waterproof leather and mesh upper that is breathable and comfortable, and the Vibram outsole provides traction and stability on any surface. The boot also features a shock–absorbing EVA midsole and a gusseted tongue that keep your feet comfortable all day long.
Danner Hiking Boots # 16) Danner Men’s Explorer 650 6″ Full Grain Hiking Boot
The Danner Men‘s Explorer 650 6“ Full Grain Hiking Boot is the perfect boot for your next hike. With a full grain leather upper, this boot is durable and will protect your feet from the elements. The Vibram sole provides great traction and stability on any terrain.
A 5-Star Review: These Danners are exactly what I was looking for: a durable, non-bulky waterproof boot with simple looks and good tread for the outdoors. I’m an ecologist and do much of my research in the field, which means a good boot is as essential as any other gear or equipment. However, I get annoyed with bulky hiking boots and clunky/heavy work boots. The Explorer 650 isn’t over-padded around the ankle, and definitely isn’t heavy and clunky. It’s toe-box is a good width too. I don’t have wide feet, but I don’t have narrow feet either. I’ve worn Keens in the past because of the comfortable toe-box, but they felt bulky on my feet and looked ridiculous (in my personal opinion). I then tried the Vasque Sundowners, but they were too tight in the toe-box. These Explorer 650s are right in the sweet spot.
Having just received them, I’ve not field tested them yet. But first impression is that these are durable, well-made, comfortable, and simple. I was worried the nylon side panels would be flimsy, but they’re more substantial than they look online. I’m quite happy with the purchase. Nice job, Danner.
Danner Hiking Boots # 17) Danner Women’s Hiking Boots
Looking for a versatile and comfortable hiking boot? Check out the Danner Women’s Hiking Boot! Made with a waterproof leather and textile upper, this boot is perfect for those wet and muddy hikes. The Vibram outsole provides great traction and stability on any terrain, while the EVA midsole ensures all-day comfort. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or just starting out, the Danner Women’s Hiking Boot is a great choice for your next adventure!
Danner Hiking Boots # 18) Danner Men’s Light Hiking Boot
Looking for a boot that can keep up with your adventurous side? Check out the Danner Men’s Light Hiking Boot. This boot is perfect for those who love to hike, backpack, or just be outdoors in general. The boot is made with a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex liner, so you can rest assured that your feet will stay dry no matter what the conditions are. The boot also features a Vibram outsole for superior traction and durability. Plus, the boot is designed with a comfortable and supportive fit in mind, so you can wear them all day long without having to worry about your feet getting tired.
A 5-Star Review: Great looking boot for casual occasions, or the rough terrain/weather. I wear size 12 and ordered a size 12. The boot fits great length wise, however it’s a little snug on the sides even though I ordered a double EE (Normally wear a D). I’m hoping it stretches a little on the sides. Then it will be perfect. The vibram soles look as though they will last for years. I think they were a little pricey, but I’m sure in the long run they will be worth it.
Danner Hiking Boots # 19) Danner Women’s Portland Select Light Hiking Boot
A versatile, all-season hiker, the Danner Women’s Portland Select Light Hiking Boot is perfect for everything from a day hike to a week-long backpacking trip. The waterproof, full-grain leather and suede upper provides protection from the elements, while the breathable, waterproof GORE-TEX® lining ensures your feet stay dry and comfortable all day long. Underfoot, the Vibram® outsole provides superior traction and stability on a variety of surfaces, making this boot a great choice for all your hiking adventures.
A 5-Star Review: Very nice pair of boots. It is good for hiking and surprising good for walking on snow..
Danner Hiking Boots # 20) Danner Men’s Radical 452 5.5″ Hiking Boot
The Danner Men‘s Radical 452 5.5“ Hiking Boot is a great choice for your next hike. It features a waterproof and breathable Gore–Tex liner to keep your feet dry, and a Vibram outsole for great traction. The boot also has a supportive shank and a cushioned footbed for all–day comfort.
Danner Hiking Boots # 21) Danner Men’s Arctic 600 Chelsea 5″ Waterproof 200G Hiking Boot
The Danner Men’s Arctic 600 Chelsea 5″ Waterproof 200G Hiking Boot is a boot that can take you anywhere. It is made with a waterproof leather and textile upper that will keep your feet dry and comfortable in any weather. The 200G insulation will keep your feet warm in cold conditions, and the Vibram outsole will provide traction and stability on any surface.
Danner Hiking Boots # 22) Danner Women’s Arctic 600 Chelsea 5″ Waterproof 200G Hiking Boot
The Arctic 600 is the answer for winter adventures—both on and off the trail. Comfort won’t be a question with the ultra-cushy Vibram SPE midsole. The Vibram Nisqually Arctic Grip outsole provides the tech you need for traction on snow and ice. And matched with 200G of PrimaLoft insulation and Danner Dry waterproof protection, the Arctic 600 will help you stay on the trails throughout the winter, while keeping your feet warm and dry.
A 5-Star Review: Clearly used–scuffed, muddied and thrown in box without wrapping.
Danner Hiking Boots # 23) Danner Women’s Arctic 600 Side-Zip 5″ Waterproof 200G Hiking Boot
The Danner Women’s Arctic 600 Side-Zip 5″ Waterproof 200G Hiking Boot is a versatile and stylish boot that can take you from the trail to the city. The boot is made with a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex membrane to keep your feet dry and comfortable, and 200G of insulation for warmth in cold weather. The Vibram Arctic Grip outsole provides superior traction on icy surfaces, and the side zip closure makes for easy on and off.
Danner Hiking Boots # 24) Danner Men’s Crag Rat USA 7″ Gore-Tex Hiking Boot
This boot is made in the USA with imported components. It is a heavy duty backpacking boot that is perfect for those who are looking for a durable and reliable boot.
A 5-Star Review: Update: I waited a while after being disappointed with the original size 12 order (my normal go to size), but while browsing Amazon last week I saw a used size 13 pair of these (“used” seems funny to me because they are good as new) so I gave them a try. I have them on right now and they fit perfect! Order a size up, y’all! One other thing I’d like to add is they are incredibly light weight compared to my older danners. Maybe boot technology is getting better and so they can reduce weight. Anyways, the tongue is still weird but when I take my time lacing up I can get the boot tongue feeling good. I bet once they break in the tongue won’t be an issue anymore. These new size 13s are not the wide option and I cannot tell a difference at all. Don’t worry about width, just order a full size up.
These are great boots, but they do run a half size too small. I even own an old pair of danners that fit perfect at size 12 my standard go to size. I’m a 12 in Altra’s, Nikes, Asics, Sorels, etc etc, but these boots are just slightly too small. Cant re-order because they don’t have 12.5. I ordered the wide, and that seems to help with width issues. The tongue is weird as some have claimed, but I think it would break in overtime. Very comfortable right out the box, but I bet there would need to be some decent break in time.
A Critical Review: I purchased these boots in June 2021 and just began wearing them in October for autumn and early winter hikes. I always wear 9.5EE in Danners but these boots run at least a half size small and are way too narrow to be labeled EE boots. At first I thought I just needed to break them in because they are more of a mountaineering boot than a hiking or hunting boot. After wearing them several days, on dirt and rocky trails, they did not stretch out at all. Unfortunately, the Amazon return time window expired before I began wearing them so now I have to find a friend or family member that fit these expensive boots.
Danner Hiking Boots # 25) Danner Men’s Mountain 600 EnduroWeave 4.5″-M’s Hiking Boot
From the trailhead to the summit, the Danner Men‘s Mountain 600 EnduroWeave 4.5“-M‘s Hiking Boot offers the comfort, support, and durability you need to tackle any adventure. The waterproof, breathable Gore–Tex liner keeps your feet dry in all conditions, while the Vibram Megagrip outsole provides superior traction on wet or dry surfaces. The EnduroWeave upper is tough and abrasion–resistant, yet lightweight and comfortable, and the boot‘s Ortholite footbed provides all–day cushioning and support. Whether you‘re hiking, backpacking, or just exploring the great outdoors, the Mountain 600 is up for the challenge.
A 5-Star Review: TDLR: Ordered a half-size down, EE. Thinking I should I have bought a half size down, regular size; very water resistant, have worn in the rain but wouldn’t be stepping in any deep puddles; they clean up well.
The Danner 600 Euroweave is probably the most attractive boot I’ve purchased; perfect for hard, compact surfaces and thus excellent casual wear. Haven’t had much of an opportunity to actually hike in this boot since it’s very wet, cold, and muddy in SW Ohio and these boots are simply not built to withstand that kind of punishment. My La Sportiva TX5, however…
ANYWAY. My big caveat about this boot: the left fits perfectly, the right has had some problems. Part of the tongue, if not folded and tucked in a particular way, puts annoying pressure directly on my ankle, and is very uncomfortable.
Since I have learned to properly lace and tie the right boot to avoid this discomfort, the heel/forefoot cannot align for very long to provide a truly enjoyable and discomfort-free experience. Idk what it is – maybe the right boot is defective, but the interior of my foot runs directly over the arch support & edge of the insole, and thus there is some very real discomfort and requires frequent adjustment whenever I wear them – WHICH IS A LOT. Maybe I’ll try a pair on in the store and see if they cause me the same trouble, and if so I’m certainly returning to Danner for a replacement pair…
But overall, if you want a nice casual boot that can handle pavement and relatively dry/lightly saturated terrain, buy this boot. It looks great, feels incredibly comfortable, has great grip on pavement and off.
A Critical Review: Good comfortable boot, fit as expected. Have been wearing them for two days now and they breath quite well. I previously wore Merrell Moab Ventilator boots, my feet tend to run hot and I prefer highly breathable boots. My only concern will be long term wear and tear. I’ve attached a picture of the toe cap. Again this is after only two days of just walking around town. I think Danner could have extended the rubber toe cap up a bit more. Since they’re comfortable I’ll buy some Shoe Goo and protect the toe myself. I also plan on contacting Danner.
6 month Update.
They’re dead. Shortest lived boot I’ve ever owned.
While they lasted they were very comfortable but despite my best efforts I couldn’t keep them alive. I applied a couple layers of liquid tape to the toes. That solved the toe wear problem.
Next up the sides started to blow out, specifically the outsides near the sole. I used a more flexible goo than what I used on the toes. It stuck fine to the shoe textile material but didn’t stick to the outsole. And in case you were wondering the failed from the outside first, then the layers on the inside gave out.
Since they were really comfortable they earned an extra star bringing them to two. However, 6 months and complete failure is unacceptable. I’m a big guy, 6′ 250, with my pack I’m putting 300-350 lbs on the boots so I kill boots. I still expect a year out of them though.
My final words are these; casual use only, if you lay down trail miles these won’t last as long as the price tag suggests.
Danner Hiking Boots # 26) Danner Men’s South Rim 600 4.5″ Hiking Boot
The Danner Men‘s South Rim 600 4.5“ Hiking Boot is a boot designed for those who love to hike. With a comfortable fit and a durable design, this boot will help you tackle any terrain. The waterproof and breathable Gore–Tex liner will keep your feet dry and comfortable all day long, while the Vibram outsole provides traction and stability on any surface.
A 5-Star Review: Extremely comfortable but once the suede gets dirty it stays dirty.
A Critical Review: As far as comfort goes, these are the most comfortable pair of boots I have ever owned….other than my Bull Run Cristy boots, which I where to work. I have issues with my feet getting hot, especially with waterproof boots/shoes, and causing heat rashes on the tops of my feet, as well as my ankles. These South Rim boots, for me, are comfortable with thicker socks when its cold out, and will be comfortable when its warmer conditions. The cushioning from this boot is excellent, almost like wearing tennis shoes. I did order a 10M, rather than my usual 10.5M, and the fit is spot on. The only issues I have are the insoles are a little “off”, meaning the footed feels a little different between both of my feet, and the heel cup on the left boot is a little wider, or the one on the right boot is narrower, possibly from shipping. The insole and heel cup issue should alleviate itself with time, as my feet somewhat mold to the boot. Would be nice if the speed hooks cinched the laces in place when tightening, but thats not a deal breaker for me. All in all, these boots are great for the discounted price I received them at, and hope they last me a long time. *UPDATE* Found that the the heel of the right boot feels as if there’s an imperfection in the midsole. Feels as if there is a hard lump right in the middle of my heel. To noticeable to ignore, so sadly I had to return the boots.
Danner Hiking Boots # 27) Danner Men’s TrailTrek Hiking Boot
Looking for a hiking boot that can keep up with your adventurous spirit? Look no further than the Danner Men‘s TrailTrek Hiking Boot. This boot is designed with a tough, yet lightweight construction that can take on any trail. The Vibram outsole provides superior traction and stability, while the Gore–Tex lining keeps your feet dry and comfortable all day long. Whether you‘re hitting the trails for a day hike or a week–long expedition, the Danner Men‘s TrailTrek Hiking Boot has you covered.
A 5-Star Review: It was very snug at first. Reminded me of the old leather ski boots I wore as a kid. Now that I have them broken in, they are snug, but comfortable. Very comfortable. I do photography and hike all over, especially in Yellowstone. Having a good boot that is really waterproof is critical. These work great. After a full day of schlepping camera equipment all over, my feet don’t hurt.
A Critical Review: I have bad luck buying shoes and boots online, and every time I do, I swear I will never do it again because there are so many variables. I’m with Wilson on this one. These are well made but they are too hot, and very stiff all the way around. I have been wearing them most days, for 3 weeks and they are still not broken in. I thought because how they look would feel more like a tennis show but these are true hiking boots and need a lot of breaking in, like many other hiking boots I’ve owned. On another note, the footbed is flat and somewhat hard feeling. I may have to buy some gel insoles. I would not have purchased these if I knew then what I know now.
After 5 months of owning these boots and walking in them most days for miles, they still are not broken in and still feel very stiff. I will try a gel insole to see if it makes any difference in the feel of the flat hard footbed. I can’t believe this is what danner was shooting for with this boot.
Danner Hiking Boots # 28) Danner Men’s Crater Rim 6″ Gore-Tex Hiking Boot
Looking for a boot that can take you from the trails to the streets? Look no further than the Danner Men‘s Crater Rim 6“ Gore–Tex Hiking Boot. This boot is built for comfort and durability with a waterproof and breathable Gore–Tex liner and a tough, nubuck leather upper. The Vibram outsole provides traction and stability on any terrain, while the EVA midsole offers cushioned support for all–day wear. Whether you‘re exploring the great outdoors or simply running errands around town, the Danner Men‘s Crater Rim 6“ Gore–Tex Hiking Boot has you covered.
Danner Hiking Boots # 29) Danner Men’s Instigator 6″ Gore-Tex Hiking Boot
The Danner Men’s Instigator 6″ Gore-Tex Hiking Boot is a tough and durable boot that is perfect for any outdoor activity. The boot is made with a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex membrane that will keep your feet dry and comfortable all day long. The boot also features a Vibram outsole that provides excellent traction and stability on any terrain.
A 5-Star Review: This is my second pair of Danner Instigators, with my last pair purchased back in 2007. What I like most about these is they are pretty much the same boot eight years later – there are not many changes to the design, the last, and the build quality after all these years. Many shoes suffer from the “declining quality” syndrome, where they get good reviews, then are summarily cheapened in later revisions. Not these, and many other Danners, the build remains consistent over the years.
Now, these boots are not made in the US like some other Danner lines, and they are not their top of the line shoe. I own MANY shoes, and I purchase this particular one for a work shoe, and like it the “price to comfort to value” ratio. I got this pair after Amazon price fluctuations, and for that price it hits the sweet spot for me. I do NOT use these for hiking – again, I use them as a work shoe around the house (in the woodshop, painting, yard work, washing the car etc, etc). I have other high quality outdoor / hiking shoes for th the outdoor endeavors, and don’t look to the Danners for that.
As far as the fit – I typically wear a 12.5 to 13 wide in other shoes, and the Danner 12W fits. If Danner made a 12.5 Wide, I would get that, but the next size up is a 13 and that is too big for me. What I like about the Danner for someone with wide feet – the sides of the shoe below the toe box and into the forefoot is soft leather, and will form to your feet. This allows my wide feet to push the side of the shoe out to where it needs to be, and there are not protrusions or plastic inserts in the Danner to push back or fight that side formation.
As far as waterproof performance – like all leather / Goretex shoes it takes maintenance to keep your leather soft, supple and conditioned – and more importantly to keep top waterproof performance. For this shoe – when it is new, I immediately condition the leather with Nikwax Leather conditioner, then wear the shoe wet to help with initial break in and leather formation to my foot. Then, I periodically apply Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather (and some left over Nikwax Aqueous) when I notice the water not beading up and penetrating the leather too quickly. Then, every four to six months, another Conditioner step to keep the leather rich and soft.
For my foot, this shoe is a good trade off for price, quality, comfort for an around the house work shoe. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good work shoe, and seeing how I got eight years of periodic use out of the last pair, that is good enough for me. Note that when I do wear them, it is for long periods and for heavy duty work. For instance, I can put 4 days straight in the woodshop for 10-12 hours a day, be on an outdoor painting project, driveway project for days on end, etc. So, these shoes by no means have been treated lightly, and the 8 years of use is a good indicator of build quality.
Thanks for reading!
A Critical Review: Had to update the review after 8 months.
The leather at the sole is coming apart. Not the stitching, the leather is falling apart.
I contacted Danner and have entered into the run-around. Sent pictures, take more pictures, wait for reply, then send us the boots so we can decide in 2-3 weeks… So what do I do in the meantime ????
Horrible customer service and a terrible boot.
Oh, and Danner is not made in the USA anymore. Danner is now LaCrosse, which is owned by ABC-Mart, out of, you guessed it, Japan !!!
After testing out a pair of Danner hiking boots, it is clear that they are built for comfort and durability. They provide good support and traction on all types of terrain, and are sure to last for many hikes to come. With so many features and a price tag that is not too high, these boots are a great option for anyone in the market for a new pair of hiking boots.
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