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DFA 8" Black GTX

$220.00
|  Style 15404

Featuring a patent pending Vertical Insertion Arrestor (VIA) technology insert which provides abrasion resistance and superior control in fast roping applications, the DFA is a vertical assault weapon.


 
 
 

Designed as a vertical assault weapon, the Danner Flight Assault (DFA) features low oil content nubuck leather, a lightweight 1000 Denier nylon upper, a hexagonal low lug outsole with a patent pending Vertical Insertion Arrestor (VIA) technology insert which provides abrasion resistance and superior control in fast roping applications.

Boot Details
  • 100% waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® liner is engineered to keep your feet dry and comfortable - even in extreme conditions
  • Durable, low oil Nubuck leather designed for the demands of fast roping combined with rugged 1000 Denier nylon upper for lightweight comfort and mobility
  • Cement down construction offers excellent durability in a light weight package
  • Variable lacing system locks the heel into the pocket providing a glove-like fit and superior control
  • Polyurethane footbeds are padded for comfort and arch support
  • Co-molded midsole plate for springboard toe return, impact absorption and puncture resistance
  • Extended sizes available for women or those with smaller feet
  • Patent pending Danner® Descender outsole featuring a Vibram® V-4 ultra-abrasion rubber compound built into the medial side arch for fast roping control. Multidirectional lug pattern for quick acceleration and braking in all directions
  • Bi-fit composite shank
  • 8" height
  • 61 oz
  • Imported
1368 Last

The 1368 last is a sleek, streamlined last that is excellent for light trail, multi-sport and casual use. Provides a running shoe-like fit and ultimate comfort.

Tips for the Perfect Fit

  • Measure both feet. If one foot is slightly larger than the other, select a size that fits the larger of the two.
  • Consider the type of socks you’ll be wearing with your boot. For thicker socks, you may want to select a half size larger than you normally wear.
  • When you do receive your boots, we recommend first wearing them indoors for a few hours to ensure they’re the right fit.

Free Return Shipping
Rest assured that if the boot you receive doesn’t fit correctly, we pay for return shipping back to us. You can order with confidence knowing return shipping is always on us.

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DannerDFA 8" GTX Uniform Boots
 
4.3

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (15)

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    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Waterproof (10)
  • Comfortable (7)
  • Fit (4)
  • Comfort (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Patrol (5)
    • TACTICAL (3)
    • Tactical operations (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (4)

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A great boot for patrol

    By Norm

    from Northern, Nj

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Great looks
    • Great traction when wet
    • Very good support
    • Waterproof

    Cons

    • Hard to put on

    Best Uses

    • Patrol
    • Tactical Operations

    Comments about Danner DFA 8" GTX Uniform Boots:

    Currently deploying these on patrol. My assignment allows me to wear a boot without a shine-able toe. (class b uniform). I have used "magnums", "5.11's" and the Danner "acadia". These boots have so far out-performed all of the above. The magnums and 5.11's were terrible for patrol. The soles came apart in a matter of months and/or the boots that claimed to be "waterproof" with a gortex liner had me ringing out my socks after rain storms. The "acadia's" were my favorite boot for patrol as they were truly waterproof and comfortable (although a little heavy). The "descender gtx" boot is waterproof (wore them during hurricane irene and a week of rain and my feet were dry. The thing I find most interesting is that these boots when they are wet, have excellent traction when I transition from the wet outdoors into a building/house that has tile/slippery floors. All my other boots had me slipping and sliding. The "descenders" hold the ground!. I also like the reinforced toe. It provides more protection without the cons of steel toe boots. The boot is on the rigid side which helps the boot retain it's shape (unlike the "acadia's" which lose their shape with every stride) and finally, they look great. I have received compliments from a few co-workers in the short time that I've had them.
    The only con that I could find (which keeps it from a 5 star rating) is that the boot lacks an assist (loop or purchase point) to help you pull the boot on your foot. I find that I have to pinch the sides of the upper and wrestle the boot on.
    Overall, I am extremely pleased with these boots and look forward to see how long they will put up to the punishment of patrol.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great boots

    By Matt

    from Colorado

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfort
    • Fit
    • Quality
    • Style
    • Waterproof

    Cons

    • Made in China

    Best Uses

    • Hunting
    • Police work

    Comments about Danner DFA 8" GTX Uniform Boots:

    I am using these boots as everyday use as a patrol officer. The boots are the best fitting I have ever owned. They actually feel like they are custom made for my feet. They feel like a high quality boot and look great. It should be noted that you cannot shine these boots so I would avoid buying them if that is in your department policy. I wear a size 14 medium and the boots are true to that size. The only thing I would wish for is that the boots were made in USA instead of China.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very happy with my DFA/Descenders!

    By Ted

    from Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    • Fit
    • Lacing system
    • Sole - Good For Urban Use
    • Style

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Urbansuburban Use

    Comments about Danner DFA 8" GTX Uniform Boots:

    I've managed to collect 3 pair of the Danner Descender/DFA boots in the past few months. My first pair is the 4.5" GTX model in black. I got these because I wanted something that was waterproof and had boot-like durability, but without being obviously a big, heavy boot. I also ordered an 8" pair of the Decender GTX in Canteen, which I considered returning for a pair in black, but eventually the green Canteen color grew on me and I decided to keep them. Both of the GTX pair have worked great and are completely waterproof based on experimentation in standing water that has accumulated in the wake of some big storms here in Georgia. If I have a gripe with the 4.5" pair, it's that they created a sore spot above my ankle near the front top of the bootie where the tongue didn't provide adequate cushioning from the lacing system. It seems to have gone away, so it may have been a break-in issue.

    The final pair I acquired was a black pair of the 8" hot weather Descenders thinking I might use these to replace some Sidi motorcycle boots I have been using for summer riding, but which are on the verge of disintegrating. The Descender has a really compact sole, which is a big deal to me when I'm riding because I don't like boots that make my foot controls hard to use. That said, I can't say that I've noticed the hot weather boot is much better at keeping your feet cool in hot temps.

    I've also upgraded the insoles in two pair to Superfeet Orange insoles, having had good experience with those and preferring a bit more arch support and more of a heel cup, but I wear the Canteen boots with the factory insoles and have taken my dog for many 4+ mile walks without feeling like the insole wasn't working for me.

    The sole was a bit selling point. I wanted something that looked like it would hold up from lots of walking on asphalt and cement, and was angling for something I can run in comfortably as well. The last is quite narrow compared to other Danners I've owned (Desert Acadia and now the RAT boots), but I get an incredibly good fit with normal athletic socks (true to size fit in my usual dress shoe size), and find they're incredibly comfortable to wear all day no matter what I'm doing.

    I also really like that these don't scream 'tactical boot' to anyone who doesn't already know what they are. They look a bit like sneakers and I've had people ask me about them at work (I work in software development).

    Dry traction is excellent, and wet weather traction seems good so far. I find that most boots have a weakness with wet traction on at least one surface (whether painted or sealed concrete, or rubber covered stairs), but I haven't noticed any with the Descender yet.

    The only question left is durability. As I've had my 3 pair now for about 2 months, I can't hazard any opinions as to how long they'll last, though I hope it's a long while because they fit better than comparable boots I've owned or tried (Magnum & Timberland Pro most recently)

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not for Overpronators

    By Grizzled Vet

    from Washington, DC

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable for the feet
    • Discreet profile
    • Good ankle protection
    • Non-skid soles
    • Sturdy
    • Waterproof
    • Well built

    Cons

    • No heel support
    • Not for Overpronators

    Best Uses

    • No-shine Uniform Duty
    • TACTICAL

    Comments about Danner DFA 8" GTX Uniform Boots:

    I bought the boots based on excellent reviews from the LE and SF communities. Those reviews were right - comfortable "sneaker-like feel"; great ankle protection, non-skid tread, waterproof - a great boot. Just one problem: no ankle roll stability. Zero. If you are close to or have developed over-pronation from years of running/jumping/climbing, these boots do nothing to support your inner heel. Inside of four hours of light walking in the Danner DFAs, my MCL (inner knee) pain returned. Another $40 in insoles corrected the problem, but for [$], should I have had to pay for extra insoles? Suggestion to Danner: Great boot - but please do something about roll-control for the heel (think: heel cup). My $29 Crocs sandals do a better job protecting my MCL than my [$] DFAs. I would recommend these boots to anyone on my team who has no pronation issues, but I'd make darn certain they had no such muscular-skeletal issues before I signed their equipment authorization.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    idk

    By bob

    from wi

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Danner DFA 8" GTX Uniform Boots:

    It seems like danners wides add only more material to the sole area and not a wider sole. A large amount of my foot is hanging off the side with plenty of material. for a comfortably wide boot or shoe the sole footbed needs to be widend and the upper material needs to be fitted accordingly for maximum performance and not so much that the laces are touching trying to get the boot tight. idk why but many danner styles have this problem. ex.(this boot and danner acadia) 4e footbed good, laces completely touch. 2e/3e laces good but foot hangs off side.

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