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Danner Crag Rat Hiking Boot - Men's

$299.95

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Crag Rat Hiking Boot

The Danner Crag Rat Men's Hiking Boot isn't at home until it's miles from anywhere, marching through mud, rallying over rocks, or stomping through snow. The whole package is built on top of a deep-lugged Vibram Tsavo outsole, which is designed to grip all sorts of rugged terrain, giving you the confidence to take the Crag Rat almost anywhere. On top of the sole, you'll find a PU footbed and molded PU midsole that, along with the stiff nylon shank, provide plenty of support and protection against the sharp rocks and tough terrain that are the Crag Rat's preferred environments. The Crag Rat is also built with a PU-and-Pebax Dynamic Response stability system, which provides increased stiffness, lateral stability, and energy return, so you can cover more ground with less pain and effort. Finally, the supple but rugged full-grain leather upper is lined with a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex membrane, which keeps your foot dry when you're marching through rainy, muddy, or snowy conditions on the way to your next campsite.

  • Full-grain leather
  • Gore-Tex waterproof membrane
  • Molded PU midsole
  • PU footbed
  • Vibram Tsavo outsole
  • Dynamic Response stability system with Pebax and PU
  • Nylon shank
  • Item #DAN001G

Upper Material
full grain leather
Waterproofing
GORE-TEX
Closure
lace
Last
DLE-01
Footbed
polyurethane
Midsole
polyurethane
Sole
Vibram Tsavo
Shaft Height
6.5 in
Claimed Weight
[pair, size 9] 3 lb 15 oz
Recommended Use
hiking & camping, backpacking
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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>Rating: 4

Not mind-blowing, but very, very good.

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
12

I do really like these. I swear by the Crater Rims, which I think everyone thinks of as the sibling to the Crag Rats. These feel like more of an every day boot - they're more flexible, they're softer, they seem to breathe a little better (though that may be my imagination). There are some common complaints out there that show up over and over in reviews. The tongue is too big, but I feel like that's been done to provide some padding and structure for the front of your boot. It breaks in fast and stops being a problem. The lacing system isn't super great, but I wouldn't call it bad. You end up spending slightly longer to get them laced up, but it's really fine. I saw that a lot of people said they were too narrow but I don't think so. They're more snug than other boots, but I don't at all feel like the sizing is off or anything. Right now, my suspicion is that the snugness is to do with the leather being new. I do feel like it's odd how these are categorized (on Backcountry, on Danner's site, pretty much everywhere) as backpacking boots. I feel like backpacking boots, at least the ones I've learned I prefer, are so much more rigid - and stable as a consequence. If the Crag Rats weren't marketed that way, it would never occur to me that anyone would opt to use them that way. These are really comfortable and I think they're going to break in really nicely. They feel tough and like they'll put up with a decent amount of use/abuse/wear/tear. I'm happy with them, glad I picked them up.

>Rating: 4

Nice boots

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

If you are looking for an excellent pair of boots to help you get up and down the mountains, the Crag Rats are a great pick. These are gonna work well during the upcoming chukar hunting season. They're tough without feeling like bulky clod hoppers, offer great toe protection, ample support, waterproofing (huge bonus). Expensive but worth the money.....