When you're on your feet upwards of fourteen hours a day, a solid and comfortable boot is vital to finishing your shift in good enough shape to wake up and do it again. The Danner Men's Wildland Tactical Firefighter Boot borrows design elements from mountaineering boots and uses lightweight materials, so it stays more comfortable than traditional wildland boots but maintains all the durability necessary to last a whole fire season.
Danner built the Wildland with a durable and fire-resistant roughout leather upper, but added a breathable mesh lining to help keep your feet cool and comfortable when you're going direct or two chains in the black during mop-up operations. As you know, stability is essential when you're digging line in the steep, brushy terrain that fires love, so Danner also included a full-length polypropylene foot board and integrated a steel shank for additional rigidity. It also added a single-density open-cell Ortholite footbed to the equation to keep the Wildland comfortable when you're back at the ICP watching the air show commence. As is the case with all Danner Wildland boots, the Tactical Firefighter is made in the USA and is NFPA 1977:2011 edition certified.
- Roughout leather upper
- Breathable mesh lining
- Full-length polypropylene foot board
- Steel shank
- Single-density Ortholite footbed
- Vibram S587 Fire & Ice sole
- NFPA 1977:2011 edition certified
- Made in USA
- Item #DAN001W
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 9D
I have been a wildland fire/fuels technician for ten years now. I have made the switch from the traditional logger style boot to the mountaineering boot. Wearing the mountaineering boot, I have found that my knees, back, and hips do not hurt as bad after a tough fire assignment.
I bought a pair of Scarpa Fuego boots; they quickly became my number 1 boots. I like to have two pair of boots to rotate, so when I saw Danner had come out with the Tactical Wildland Fire boot and decided to give them a try. After rotating the Danners in with my Scarpas this season, here is my review.
Initial size up: The boot looks good, fits true to size, they are light weight, and very comfortable. The laces they come with are junk. I normally replace my laces with p-cord so this was not a big deal.
On the line: The first hike I took them on, was flagging out a 1500 acre cutting unit, in timber. No break-in time at all. No blisters or hotspots. I was concerned that the boots would be hot with the inner lining, but that wasn’t an issue. However, they lack the ankle support I am use to having with my other boots. Also, the boots heal and the balls of the foot are on the same plane. This makes the heal to toe transition more difficult when taking a step. It makes me feel very flat footed.
Others crewmembers on my crew, loved the boots at first. After spending fourteen days hiking in the mountains of Idaho on the Pioneer fire, their love quickly faded. One turned an ankle and the other two are complaining of the same foot issue on their left foot.
Price Point: Backcountry.com has the Danner Wildland Tactical Boot for $279.96. Other websites advertise the boot for $350.00+, I find them over priced for the quality and build of this boot.
Overall: I would not recommend this boot to anyone who is on a fire crew or spends lots of time hiking around in rugged terrain.
Pros: Comfortable Little to no break-in time
Cons: Laces Lack of ankle support flat foot price
Runs true to size
Sturdy, fits well, well designed eylets.