For the vicious hikes.
Danner equipped the Men's Vicious Hiking Boot with everything you need to tackle tough trails in any condition—viciously. Gore-Tex gives this boot highly rated waterproof, breathable protection, while full-grain leather provides long-lasting durability. Danner's Trailguard platform cups your heel for stability and leaves the toes more open for extra mobility.
The Vicious has a dual-density EVA midsole underfoot for shock absorption and cushy comfort, and the nylon shank enhances stability on rough terrain. This boot also features a speed lace system for easy on-and-off, an abrasion-resistant toe cap for rock protection, and Vibram's slip-resistant rubber for secure footing.
- Full-grain leather upper
- Speed lace system
- Danner Trailguard platform
- Dual-density EVA midsole with nylon shank
- Abrasion-resistant toe cap
- Vibram sole
- Item #DAN001I
- Q & A
Nice boot but rather flashy
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: 10
- Height: 5'11"
- Weight: 180lbs
Comfortable fit on the bottoms of my high arching feet. Heel lock technology is amazing; absolutely zero slide. Solidly made. Speed hooks easy to utilize. Returned it because I hadn't realized it was a little too flashy for my tastes, but I'm sure it would be a great shoe to rock on the trail, after the break-in period.
I Love these boots; wish they loved me
- Height: 5'7"
- Weight: 127lbs
These are beautiful boots, BUT if you need a wide toe box, don't be tempted: Stay away. I wore these on some short hikes and worked through some minor bumps, then I took them on an 8 day mountain hike and was ever so thankful that I brought along a second pair of boots. After the 3rd day, I'd developed a knot on the outside of my left foot. Didn't hurt when I had the boots on (oddly), but on day 4, there was no way I was wearing those boots again. My back-up boots allowed me to finish my hike but my foot hasn't recovered fully (3 weeks later). They are lovely boots and super waterproof, but believe me, if you need a wide box these are NOT the boots to get. No way.
Most comfortable boots
These are the most comfortable hiking boots I have worn. No pressure points and they are waterproof. Only thing I have negative to say is the eyelets for the laces stick up a bit and if your kneeling in them on concrete they get scraped up. But it protects the laces too so it's a good trade off.
Sturdy, Comfortable and Lightweight Boot
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 13
- Height: 6'3"
- Weight: 210lbs
I love these Danner Vicious boots. I spend a lot of time in boots; I work construction and I love hiking. I also have had feet problems, including shin splints and plantar fasciitis, so I am pretty particular when it comes to the boots I wear. I have worn these boots almost every day for about 6 months at work and have taken them at least a dozen several hour hikes on the weekends. During those times, these boots have not given me any issues.
For how tough these boots are, they are surprisingly light weight. They provide excellent ankle support and the Vibram soles create such great traction in any condition I have taken them through. The Goretex lining is fantastic, and has stood up to stream crossings and wet muddy days on the job.
Bottom line, these are the best pair of boots I have owned.
Here's a picture of my wife and I hiking in the Andes, and the Danner's holding up to the melting spring snow.
Quality and Comfort for Angry Feet
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 13
- Height: 5'11"
- Weight: 160lbs
I have to preface this review with a confession that I run marathons/ultras and have compiled tens of thousands of miles running over the past three decades--my feet only allow a small handful of makes/models of running shoes as every shoe seems to have a fitting problem in on spot or another. Recently I decided to move from lower-cut hiking shoes to something with ankle support and after trying on many brands/models, I stumbled onto these Danner Vicious. In all honesty, I had never tried on Danner before, but I was pleasantly surprised that my pickiness was thwarted by these boots.
I purchased the same size as my running shoes, and they fit well whether I wear one pair of thicker wool hiking socks or two layers of thin wool socks.
They felt like I didn't have to break them in, but I wore them on some short day hikes for two months before doing an overnight trip in northern NM, including 11 miles up to Wheeler Peak.
I capped off the summer with a week in Glacier National Park to include a 19-mile day trip and an overnight trip. The boots held up to shallow water crossings, lots of dirt/dust, and horse manure on one specific trail.
I felt no dread in the morning putting the boots back on to continue the hike like I have in some past hikes.
The support was what I hoped for, and one thing I experienced that I hadn't thought about was steep downhill hiking. On previous hikes I always had problems with feet sliding forward and smashing my toes. The boots supported my foot in a neutral position where I didn't have that. I was surprised as I never expected to get away from that issue. And yet, I still feel that I have plenty of toe room.
In my running world, I always said I would never personally tell anyone to try a certain running shoe as everyone's feet/weight/body styles are different. But I will leave you with this: if you are one of those people who just can't find the right boot for whatever reason...DON'T SETTLE. Find a store that sells these and try on a pair. You may find exactly what you're looking for.