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    14 Reviews


    Trust in a classic.

    The original Danner Men's Mountain Light Boot, introduced back in 1979, is still considered to be one of the classic hiking boots of all time. The newest iteration of it today is built with nearly identical specs; given that it is still a favorite of so many, why mess with such a good thing? There are, however, a few modern upgrades that you'll no doubt appreciate. The boot starts out with an incredibly durable one-piece leather upper, lined with a Gore-Tex waterproof liner for the ultimate in extreme-weather protection. The speed hook laces ensure you can get a good, snug fit, even with gloves on or cold hands. The full-length nylon shank creates an excellent platform that is plenty stable for you to carry heavy backpack loads, especially if you're planning to be out for multiple days on end. The wide last is perfect for people who like a slightly roomy toebox, either for big feet or just for comfort when carrying a heavier load. The soles are Vibram Kletterlift for excellent traction in any conditions you might feasibly encounter.
    • Hiking boots for long days on the trail
    • Waterproof Gore-Tex seals out rain and mud
    • Full-grain, one-piece leather uppers are sleek and durable
    • 650 EE wide last provides a stable base
    • Fiberglass shank for support
    • Vibram Kletterlift rubber sole absorbs impact
    • Speed hook lacing for easy on and off
    • Item #DAN000F

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    full-grain, one-piece leather
    Gore-Tex membrane
    650 EE (wide)
    Vibram Kletterlift
    Shaft Height
    5 in
    Claimed Weight
    [pair] 3 lbs 14 oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking, backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 13
    • Height: 6'6"
    • Weight: 260lbs

    I bought these boots years ago and they still rock today! I've literally beaten them up on a daily basis. Living in a small mountain town with plenty of snow and cold these boots will handle just about anything thrown at them. Well worth the money!

    Old School

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large

    I got these for a friend. Here's what he said: "I love these boots! They are slightly big in the toe box, but when I put on slightly thicker socks they fit perfectly. They're pretty comfortable to walk around in. All in all, they're nice boots!"

    Excellent shoes!

      Needed a little tuning with insoles, but these are excellent shoes. They receive compliments frequently and are quite comfortable. The tongue system is a new experience as it’s all one giant piece of leather sewn together; definitely needs breaking in.

      Really great boots

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 11
      • Height: 5'11"
      • Weight: 185lbs

      I wondered if boots this expensive would really be that good. The clear answer is yes. I wear size 11 in most shoes and boots. Sometimes 11.5. I ordered size 11 and they fit perfect right out of the box. No break in required. I put them on and spent 4 hours walking around the mall with my wife. No problems at all; except for having to walk around the mall with my wife. They get more comfortable every time I put them on. Really top quality construction, detail, and fit. Just really great boots. Always wanted to try a pair of these. Glad I did.

      Best boots I've ever owned

      I walk a lot at work. Enough to average 4 miles a day. That's close to 1500 miles a year. And I wear these boots every single day. Whether at work, doing chores around the house, hiking, or just headed out to get food somewhere these things are on my feet 90% of the time. I've found I get about two years worth of use out of the soles before they become slicks and need resoled. Problem is, I keep finding them on sale so I just buy new ones. I'm on my third pair of them. And just purchased a pair in the grey color just so I have a pair I can keep nice looking. One of these days I'll send a pair to Danner to have re-worked.

      I wear a 10.5 in normal streetwear shoes, but a 10EE in these and they fit perfect. Break-in seems to vary person to person. For me I could throw a pair on with good socks and hike a 12 mile trail without issue. I've hiked trails from Kalalau on Kauai to scrambles around Mt. St.Helens in the PNW and they've never let me down. I wear them on construction sites, on ladders, in the yard, at beer festivals, and these go on my feet after my ski boots come off. They're that comfortable.

      Bonus points for being made in the USA, practically indestructible, and in my opinion, the best looking boots out there. Timeless style. Treat yo' self

      Best boots I've ever owned

      Treat yo' self :)
      I guess I am completely convinced! I have a few pairs of Merrell boots (Phaserbound) and noticed a design flaw in that Merrell uses fabric style lace holes, which at first I didn't think anything of. These boots are extremely comfortable and after almost two years of rough I've lost a few lace holes making it un-even (although not noticeable as they can still be tied sufficiently tight.

      After buying a dressy pair of Danner boots I've seen the light and these were my pick for replacing my work boots.

      Gore-Tex Leather Boots

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: 9

      These pair of Danner Mountain Light boots look big outlook because of its wide inner (EE). I normally wear US9 but feel these boots with slightly bigger than other brands' boots with the same size. Although these boots with heavy duty, I don't feel such feelings. Much better to wear thick socks for wearing. Feels comfortable and worth to buy of these boots.

      Great boot, not light

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 8.5

      I bought a pair of these 20 years ago in 1996 for a trip to the Himalayas. It was expected that we would be hiking in the mud and cold, and the synthetic shoes I owned back then clearly would not do the job. I spent the $ on these, and after a break in period was pleasantly surprised how well they did in Nepal. I hike a lot locally here in the Pacific Northwet, but do not use these often as I prefer more modern footwear that has stealth rubber soles. Last weekend I had these out for trailwork and it rained almost 2 inches during the day. My feet still stayed dry. Somewhere in between 1996 and now, I stuck in a pair of green Superfeet insoles. Still a dry, comfortable all day boot after 20 years. Buy once, cry once they say.


      • Height: 6'5"

      These boots are heavy duty. Basic design is attractive, functional, and strong. I have a feeling these babies are going to last me a while. They are not for long/short light weight travel. They are heavy duty to support a lot of weight. They break in ok if taken for short hikes at first but watch the ankle with some thick padded socks. Love these boots worth the money.

      Last pair of boots you'll need

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs large

      The second I laced these boots on, the hair on my chest and back knitted itself into a fine flannel, my beard bloomed into it's densest form yet, and anything in the nearby vicinity that wasn't denim or corduroy simply vanished into thin air.

      Seriously though, awesome boots. Like mentioned before, know what you're getting. These are definitely not for the "UL". In fact I don't intend to even use these for hiking, I'll stick to lighter more high tech boots for that. But these classic waffle stompers are perfect for daily use bad assery boots. Leave the axe in the shed, you'll be stomping your firewood into shape from now on.


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size

      Amazing boot that is both functional and good looking. It is great material so it does take some time to break in. It is a classic boot made from tradition.

      Made for walkin'

        I bought these shoes because my sneakers weren't cutting it for doing trail work and maintenance in the wet Pacific North West. These boots look so nice out of the box it seems so wrong to plunge them deep into thick mud. They've kept my feet dry as long as whatever I'm walking through doesn't get higher than the top shoelace hole. If you're planning to use them often in deep wet areas get a taller boot, this is one of the shorter boots Danner offers.

        I went with the smaller of the two sizes I normally wear in shoes and it feels just right. Danner's website suggests going about a half size smaller than normal .

        I occasionally make the mistake of wearing these shoes to work where I'm standing close to 8 hours a day. As comfortable as these shoes are to hike through snow, mud, shallow streams and over rocks they are just as uncomfortable when you're standing still for long periods of time. Even after purchasing some inserts for these boots my heels start to hurt after spending more than an hour on my feet. Its usually remedied by going for a walk. As mentioned in the title as long as you keep in motion these boots feel great. Truth is I haven't found any shoes comfortable to stand in for a long time with the exception of my Sanuks, which don't keep my feet dry.

        The shoes took a couple days to break in. I suggest you wear some thick wool socks and double maybe triple them over around where the back of your foot makes contact with the top of the shoe. I've heard from Danner employees and other owners of this shoe that the top of this shoe will dig in to your heel until its broken in. I made the mistake of wearing them out of the box with thinner socks and felt the pain but only in one foot. I'm sure this doesn't happen to everyone its probably just the right mix of shoe height and anatomy that causes the uncomfortable rub.

        The one bit of disappointment I have with the shoes is the color on the toes came off pretty quickly. I chose the dark brown color and I somehow managed to scrape quite a bit of the color of the toes after a week of use. I was hoping it would have lasted maybe another month before it would begin looking well used, I should have known better the way I use things. It's such a tiny issue but probably worth mentioning for shoes at this price point.

        The vibram soles are so burly I can't imagine how long it would take me to wear them down. The great thing is these boots can be sent to the Danner factory in Oregon to be resoled or repaired. Its good to know that the steep initial price will be offset by the fact that these shoes will probably last me around a decade and can be repaired to last even longer.

        Heavy duty

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size

        These boots are great, I can't wait to see how they hold up in the snow. One thing I hadn't noticed by the pictures, the tongue is all one piece of fabric that folds on itself, so when I first got them the fold kind of hit the top of my foot weirdly. Now that I've broken them in the fold is more to the side and I don't even notice it anymore. Built like they will last forever!

        Great boots, but know what you're buying

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Height: 5'10"
        • Weight: 155lbs

        These boots are the real deal. They're big, heavy, overbuilt, and designed for years of heavy use. Aside from the Gore-Tex membrane and the Vibram sole, there's nothing remotely modern here. This is a classic hiking/light mountaineering style boot that's been relatively unchanged for decades.

        If you're used to lightweight, disposable, sneaker-style boots with a glued on sole and no shank, these will be a bit of a shock to the system. At almost 2lbs per foot, they're not light. They have a full fiberglass shank, so the sole is quite stiff. They're quite roomy and wide in the toe box and forefoot. Your feet tend to swell a half size or more if you spend long days on your feet carrying a heavy pack, so the wiggle room is welcome. I find them most comfortable with mid to heavyweight wool hiking socks.

        Danner's copy on these boots boasts that they can be worn hiking out of the box with no break-in period (or at least it did when I bought them a few years ago). Yes and no. You can certainly get away with wearing these quite a bit when they're brand new and they won't destroy your feet, which is probably what they meant. However, that doesn't mean they have no break-in period. Honestly, they still have a pretty substantial break-in period before they're really comfortable. At least a couple of months, or more if you only wear them occasionally.

        The Vibram sole has deep, aggressive lugs and will last quite a while before it wears down. Mine still have plenty of tread after 3+ years. When the sole does wear out, Danner can replace it for a nominal fee. Other than maybe replacing the sole every few years, you'll also need to regularly treat the leather on these boots to keep it supple, especially as it gets scuffed up. I reccomend SnoSeal, a beeswax based leather treatment widely available at gear and hardware stores. I also smear a little bit of Shoe Goo on the toes of mine to give the leather a little extra protection when I'm scrambling across scree fields and rocky terrain.

        These aren't the boots I reach for when I'm going on a short day hike or traveling light and fast. However, when I'm carrying a big pack, spending a few long days on the trail, or just need a serious, no bullshit pair of boots for anything from moving furniture to doing heavy yard work, I know these will never, ever, let me down. And how many things do you own that you can say that about?


        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size

        Bought a pair in 1998 and they are still going strong. They are still the only hiking boots I own. I think they were just called Mountain Light back then. These boots will take you anywhere and are indestructible! I've done just about everything in these boots. Sheep hunting in Talkeetna Mtns, Alaska. Sections of the PCT and Appalachian Trails. I even strapped crampons on them and climbed Mt. Shasta. Just take care of the leather, replace the laces occasionally and these boots will last a lifetime.

        Best Boots!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        These boots are awesome! They broke in fast for me, and get better overtime I wear them! They are waterproof, stylish, comfy, built like a tank....I mean what more could you want?

        They are $$$$ but they will last a long time and you can always get them resoled if need be! These are a go everywhere, do everything boot!

        For $360 this boot doesn't include an insole, besides the half-length airthotic? So I have to pony up another $40 for an insole? Really?

        It comes with a half insole that cusps the heel of the boot, but you can always get another insole for like $5 dollars. Thats your choice if you want to spend $40 on an insole. Besides that you can wear these without an insole. Depending on what boot you are looking at above it may not be a hiking boot. The Overton and waterbuck yellow are a styled hiking boot for casual use. has them listed as a hiking boot, but if you talk to Danner's customer support, they will tell you these are not actually for hiking, but more or less tromping around town. As for the other two they still come with the half insole.

        Unanswered Question

        Is the above description appropriate for each color of the boot? I have been looking for a sturdy pair of boots with a vintage design for awhile. I finally bought a pair of the Timber this summer based on the above description, below reviews and the confedience I have from wearing Danner boots daily for over 20 years.
        Upon arrival, they were lighter and thinner than I expected. The sole was also thinner and unlike the Kletterlift soles that I have on my Danner work boots.
        Trusting Danner's construction I figured I was just accustomed to more modern boots and convinced myself this is what I was looking for. After I wore them a few times around town I felt they broke in nicely, so I put my pair of GTX boots in the closet, laced these up and went to Old Rag Mountain. This is were my disappointment set in. Numerous times I lost traction where I shouldn't have and upon examining my soles I discovered nearly 1/2 of the tread had worn off on this one hike. Adding to my disappointment, I realized I had spent $300 on a pair of walking around town boots that only look functional.

        The Evergreen and Dark Brown pictures have a different number of eyelets and a different seam on the side. The Dark Brown look identical to my Mountain Light II GTX boots. Is the Evergreen picture the actual Stumptown?