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Rated3out of5bymrtoby'sbuddyfromThey are just OK.I have previously owned other models of Danner Boots and have been a huge fan of their comfort, durability and insulation properties. Am always glad to buy a 100 percent made in the USA product. As a comparison, I also purchased a top of the line manufactured Italian hiking boot from REI. Both boots were similar in price and had excellent reviews. I have put between 50-100 miles on both pairs of boots and definitely find the Danner Mountain Light II's just OK. Why? Both pairs of boots are durable, but the Italian Zamberland's are noticeably lighter. If you 'hump' long distances, as I have in military and government service, it makes a difference on how your feet endure and recover. As other reviews have mentioned, how shoes fit and feel are an individual preference, but I rate fit and feel as my highest priority. REI warns that the Danner Mtn Light II toe box is narrow and they are correct. It's not a major issue for my feet, but you might definitely want to try them on in an REI store versus buying online. I deducted a few points from the Danners because the heel support wedge was very uncomfortable and I also required a supplemental full size insert to improve the overall fit and feel. With the Zamberlands, fit and feel right out of the box was outstanding and I expect that to continue well after this initial break in period. I believe that when you invest 300 dollars for a pair of hiking boots, they should have a comfortable padded fit over rough and rocky terrain. My Zamberlands win that contest as well. I don't have an affiliation with any shoe/boot manufacturer or retailer. The Danners do win in the appearance catagory. I like the simple brown leather design over the multicolored 'fruit loop' look of the Zamberlands. I can honestly recommend the Danner Mtn Light II's as an OK product, but have to give 5 stars and a 100% positive recommendation to the Zamberlands. REI has an excellent return policy, but I will keep both sets of boots and report an update after they hit the 500 mile mark. That should average 60 percent usage on pavement and 40 percent usage on hiking and backpacking trails. My immediate dog walking and hiking area offers concrete, blacktop, packed dirt, mud, rock and sand surfaces. Hat's off to the DC-NOVA, Quantico locations that offers a wide variety of recreational pursuits. It's a great place to test shoes and boots. Stay safe and enjoy the ride.
Date published: 2014-04-03
Rated4out of5byHojo2xfromGreat BootsI just recently went back to Danners. I wore them in the military and switched to non-leather style hiking boots when I got out. After 8 years I finally decided to bite the bullet and go back to leather boots. These are a great pair of boots. Because they're leather you should expect more weight and a much longer break-in, but once broken in they're great. I recently wore them for work hiking around the woods in Alaska (10 to 35 degrees F). Warm, dry and comfortable. Good traction.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated5out of5byarizonadeserttomfrommade in usa, good with a pack animalI have been hiking in my danner mtn lights for over 25 years. most of my hiking is with a pack burro, a blm wild burro adoption. these boots, being all leather offer great protection in case her hoof meets my hoof. also, being a veteran and a patriot I appreciate buying items made in the u.s.a. I've had my danners recrafted once and have hundreds of Arizona trail miles in them. I keep 'em in great condition with huberds boot grease, and old school product now made in sunny Arizona! tom, rei member
Date published: 2014-01-17
Rated5out of5byAlltonefromThe Real DealI agree with the other reviewer that having a glue soled hiking shoe come apart is unforgivable, and it happened to me 30 miles from a change - and those where "top quality", expensive hiking boots. These Danners are rock solid, and for me that is far and away the number one consideration. I bought them a 1/2 size big and use a bottom liner. They may be a little heavy, but the stability and protection is the pay-off. Gorgeous boots.
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated5out of5byPabloA2fromHeritage and timeless favoritesI had a pair of Danners that I got rid of years ago and have missed them ever since so finally this year I took the plunge and bought these to reclaim the durability and heritage of a a true hiking boot. There is no concession to the latest fashion or technology, only the time proven design and materials that makes this boot a fantastic choice. Putting them on was as if I never took them off. Yes, they are heavy and require breaking in but that's fine with me. They are sturdy, stable and very well made. They will support your heaviest load while also serving you well for a long day hike. I think they're great.
Date published: 2014-01-02
Rated5out of5byhiking memberfromlasting qualityI was glad to see these quality boots on the REI website.
These boots are not for the casual dayhiker, but come into their own on backpaking trips or challenging trails and weather.
As a convert to leather hiking boots, I was frustrated by other brands where the sole is glued to the leather; after many hikes in wet Northwest weather, I found my boots coming a apart at the sole just when the leather was perfectly broken in.
An important design advantage to these boots is the sole is sewn to the uppers. I'm on my second pair now, and my first lasted a decade-other boots lasted me 3-4 years. Also, pay attention to the tounge on these boots, which keeps your toes from jamming into your boots even on long, steep downhill trails with a heavey pack on your back.
If you are considering these boots, I suggest trying them on in the store to be more certain the fit is right for your feet and the weight will work for you. Also be aware that a break-in period and routine application of leather conditioner is essential.
My feet have been protected over many happy miles with my mountain lights, and I wish you the same.
Date published: 2013-11-22
Rated5out of5byDeschutesfromSupportive, all-leather, and recraftableThese are amazingly comfortable, supportive, and hard-wearing boots. That being said, I'm always wary of boot reviews, since everyone's foot is different. Some folks might like these boots, and others might not. So, to make this review helpful, I'll focus on what makes these boots stand out compared to others.
First, it's a classic full-grain-leather, stitch-down, Norwegian-welt backpacking boot, with minimal stitching. What this means is that it's extremely durable. Also, the boots can be resoled and even recrafted when they eventually wear out (ie, the leather can be re-polished and re-tooled, the midsole or liner replaced as needed, etc.) by sending them to the Danner factory in Portland, Oregon. What this means is that these boots will last a long, long time.
Second, for that kind of all-leather construction, these Danners are actually pretty lightweight. Of course, they're nowhere near as light as boots with synthetic or mesh uppers. But I, for one, was tired of shelling out good money to buy new boots every year, only to have them fall apart after 300 miles or so. For me, the durability and quality of the Danners more than make up for the small weight penalty. Again, that's a matter of opinion, and your mileage may very...
I personally also like the fairly low cut of the boot; in my opinion, ultra-high ankles aren't needed on anything short of mountaineering boots. The three-quarter height of these boots work for me. Also, I like that there's no "Achilles notch" at the back of the ankle. I like the secure feel it provides, and the leather becomes supple enough after break-in that you don't even notice it. Again, those kinds of details are things on which individuals may differ.
Of course, what this all-leather handmade construction means is that these boots need some break-in time. Take them to a city park or easy dirt trails for a few miles at first, gradually increasing the distance until they feel like a well-fitting glove. Then, you'll be ready to start backpacking.
In short, if you are looking for lightweight hiking shoes with no break-in time, these boots are not for you. But if you are looking for a long-term affair with a quality product that is handmade in the Pacific Northwest by people who will stand by it when issues come up, these boots deserve a look.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated2out of5bybgold76fromBoots Cut my AnkleI really wanted to like these, having worn Danner's almost exclusively in the military. Unfortunately, during the break-in period, I discovered that the upper, rear ankle support portion of the boot was cutting into my ankle above the achilles... The boot just wasn't cut down enough in the rear... Had to return them...
Additionally, the left boot seemed to have a small flaw/bump in the insole, that would become uncomfortable on the bottom of my foot after a 1/2 mile of walking... Inserts seemed to transmit this flaw/bump and didn't help...
Date published: 2013-10-25
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