Finding the Right Pair of Hiking Boots

If you are looking for a quality pair of hiking boots that are both durable and comfortable and will last you a long time, then Danner’s Mountain Light boot is an excellent choice. Made in Portland, Oregon since 1979 by Danner’s expert craftsmen, the original Mountain Light boot is still thought to be one of the best overall hiking boots ever made. This esteemed reputation is in part due to Danner’s very high standards of craftsmanship and quality, a tradition they carry on to this day. The Mountain Light boots are still made with the same quality and attention to detail since their creation over 30 years ago. Like many of Danner’s boots, they are handmade in the USA by experienced men and women using time-honored techniques and traditions. The end result is a beautiful pair of boots that function as well as they look.

The high quality and durability of the Mountain Light boots is a result of the attention to detail and passion that goes into making them. Because every pair of boots is handmade and handcrafted, a large amount of time is spent in their creation. It all starts with the design process and goes through many steps for the end product. The details and materials used are varied but all serve a single purpose: to provide the wearer with the absolute best in technology and support. The Mountain Light boots are made with a full-grain, one-piece all-leather upper and feature a Gore-Tex liner that is both waterproof and breathable. Danner was the first company to use Gore-Tex technology in its hiking boots when it partnered with Gore & Associates in the 1970’s for its Mountain Light boots. By using a one-seam Gore-Tex liner in the Mountain Light boots, Danner offers the wearer complete waterproof protection.

The Mountain Light boots also feature Vibram Kletterlift outsoles, made to provide superior comfort, longevity, and give excellent traction and stability on wet and dry surfaces. The boots are built around Danner’s 650 last, which are more narrow than a normal last. This means the boots will have a more slender and snug fit, which is something to keep in mind when ordering them, especially if your feet are wider than normal. In general, I would recommend trying on the Mountain Light boots before buying them if possible, and ordering them in a size “EE” if your feet are wider than normal. Another important feature of the boots is their stitch down construction, which is done by hand. The stitch down process is time consuming and not used by most other boot companies, but it does provide better underfoot stability and makes the boots recraftable.

What does that mean if a pair of boots are recraftable, you might be asking? Well, if a pair of boots are recraftable- not all Danner boots are recraftable but they do specify which ones are- then you can send them to Danner’s facility in Portland, Oregon and have certain components of the boots replaced or repaired. It is a great service that Danner offers, and one that can make an old pair of boots almost new. Overall, the Mountain Light Boots by Danner are an all-round, quality, durable, comfortable pair of boots that I would highly recommend to anyone. They may not be the lightest pair of hiking boots, but what they lack for in weight they more than make up for in comfort and longevity.