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Danner Light

Style No. 30440
$360.00
USA Crafted

Rich, full-grain leather and durable Denier nylon give the Danner Light an updated look, while keeping its classic silhouette.

 
 
 
 

Product Details

Overview

As far as this boot is concerned, it’s still the golden era of backpacking. To build it, Danner bootmakers sought out leathers identical to those used on the original model. This reintroduced classic features stitchdown construction and ground-chewing Vibram® Kletterlift outsoles. Full-grain leather and 1000 Denier nylon uppers deliver outstanding protection and support in a relatively lightweight package.

How it Fits

Danner's 650 EE last offers a roomier fit for relaxed comfort while still offering rugged support and stability. This EE is not as wide as others so it offers the most universal fit for casual, everyday wear. We recommend sizing down a half size for the best fit.

Details

  • Made in the USA
  • 100% waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® liner is engineered to keep your feet dry and comfortable - even in extreme conditions
  • Full-grain, leather upper offers a classic look with superior waterproof protection and durability combined with 1000 Denier nylon side panels for abrasion resistance and improved breathability
  • Danner's hand crafted stitchdown construction provides a wider platform for increased stability underfoot. This construction makes the boot recraftable in our Portland factory
  • Danner® Airthotic® a half- length, molded polyurethane instep that cups the heel and supports the arch area of the foot
  • Danner's 650 EE last offers a roomier fit without sacrificing support and stability. We recommend sizing down a half size for the best fit.
  • Vibram® Kletterlift outsole is specifically designed for comfort and durability. The heel provides lightweight comfort as well as superb shock absorption. The compound guarantees great traction and stability on both wet and dry surfaces
  • Fiberglass shank
  • 6" height
  • 61 oz
  • Recraftable

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Danner Light
 
4.2

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (4)
  • Rugged (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Hiking (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My Sunday Best

These boots are the ones I have been dying to get. The traditional look and feel are what drew me to them. Being an owner of the Desert RAT, Acadia and Roseburg(limited...Read complete review

These boots are the ones I have been dying to get. The traditional look and feel are what drew me to them. Being an owner of the Desert RAT, Acadia and Roseburg(limited run, similar to the Sierra) I wanted something I could wear around town and still handle the outdoors. I've worn these to church with a pair of corduroy pants and a vintage brown and tan tie. They go well with a pair of jeans and a tee shirt also. I've never understood people who say there was no break in, maybe my feet are sensative but I feel I need to break in my running shoes. These felt fine out of the box and now that I've been wearing them, for a few months, almost on a daily basis they are feeling more and more like the 'fits like a glove' feel.
Just today I passed my department's pack test for wildland firefighting(3 mile hike with a 45lbs pack under 45 min). Normally I'd wear my running shoes but I chose to go with my Danner Lights and couldn't have been happier, no blisters and I feel I could have kept going. I think I'll use them every year from here on out.
My only worry with owning so many Danner boots is that I won't have enough time to wear them out. I want to experience Danner's recrafting service.

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Too narrow and very uncomfortable

I will Start with the positive. These shoes are well made and look great. One of the few hiking boots that look good. My issue is with the fit and comfort. I have...Read complete review

I will Start with the positive. These shoes are well made and look great. One of the few hiking boots that look good. My issue is with the fit and comfort. I have tried everything to make these boots work. Silk sock liner and darn tough socks, inserts, with the plastic insert, without the plastic insert and after 30 minutes of walking my feet are killing me. I purchased them for a long backpacking trip I am taking in August and I figured I had a long break in period. I have tried walking in these shoes at least 8 times hoping they would break in and today I finally gave up. These are not wide width boots so for anyone looking for E or 2E look elsewhere. I wish they were as comfortable as they are good looking!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review for big guys

By Mr Moohead

from Sarasota, Fl

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable Not Harsh
  • Good Leather
  • Nice appearance

Cons

  • 2 Pounds Per Boot Not Go

Best Uses

  • Casual walking

Comments about Danner Light:

This is a review for big men. I weigh 300 pounds and have a pronation problem. I have a rather large custom orthotic, and my shoe size is 13D. My foot has more of a straight last shape so I went with a 13 EE to account for the orthotic.

The Danner Light accommodated the orthotic with no problem. No lifting in the heel, or pressure in the instep/forefoot. The boot is firm, but not overwhelmingly so. While it will take weeks to break in, the first few days have not been a problem. I wore them 2 hours the first day, then 3 the next, 4 the next, etc.

They look fine with Khakis/Docker type slacks. The total weight of 4 pounds appeals to me. I am a big tennis player, and have large legs. The weight is good for me, but might not be for someone expecting a "Danner Light" to be light in weight. These are not tennis shoe-like boots. They are heavier and sturdier. The heel counter is firm and needs time to break in. Lacing is important in your first few weeks of wear. Pay close attention to tension.

For a guy my size, the EVA midsole may end up crunching down prematurely, so recrafting is a plus. I would imagine bigger guys might need to take advantage of this service more often than lighter weight folks. I hope to get a minimum of 2 years of wear from each re-sole, based on my weight and usage. I will wear these as my primary casual shoes.

The most important thing I wanted to impart is the sizing issue. If you have a straight shaped foot, go with the EE width. Use your favorite orthotic. It will fit. When you measure your foot length, remember to measure heel to toe length AND heel to ball length. Use the larger number as shown on your store's measuring device (brannock). You'll be good to go. Enjoy your shoes.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Sunday Best

By Kimball

from Mesa, AZ

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfort
  • feel
  • Look
  • Rugged
  • Stability
  • Style

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • CHURCH
  • Family time
  • Hiking
  • Out on the town

Comments about Danner Light:

These boots are the ones I have been dying to get. The traditional look and feel are what drew me to them. Being an owner of the Desert RAT, Acadia and Roseburg(limited run, similar to the Sierra) I wanted something I could wear around town and still handle the outdoors. I've worn these to church with a pair of corduroy pants and a vintage brown and tan tie. They go well with a pair of jeans and a tee shirt also. I've never understood people who say there was no break in, maybe my feet are sensative but I feel I need to break in my running shoes. These felt fine out of the box and now that I've been wearing them, for a few months, almost on a daily basis they are feeling more and more like the 'fits like a glove' feel.
Just today I passed my department's pack test for wildland firefighting(3 mile hike with a 45lbs pack under 45 min). Normally I'd wear my running shoes but I chose to go with my Danner Lights and couldn't have been happier, no blisters and I feel I could have kept going. I think I'll use them every year from here on out.
My only worry with owning so many Danner boots is that I won't have enough time to wear them out. I want to experience Danner's recrafting service.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best boot I've ever had!!

By Fourteener Junkie

from Albuquerque, NM

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Dry And Comfortable
  • Extreme Durable
  • Long Lasting-over 30 Yrs
  • Used In Over 38 14er~'~~s

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • All-round Hikeclimb
  • Backpacking

Comments about Danner Light:

Bought at EMS in 1958 and have resoled 3X, but still going strong. Mostly used in Colorado for everything the Rockies could throw at me, including snow and ice climbing. My feet have spread a bit, but the boots are still OK in fit.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Thank You

By Vegas Outdoors

from Las Vegas

Pros

  • Don't wear hot
  • Easy to break in
  • Great Fit
  • Great outsole

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Danner Light:

      I have always wanted my first last boot.......

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The boot of all Boots

      By Kimball

      from Mesa, AZ

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Rugged
      • Stylish
      • Waterproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Camping
        • Casual
        • Fashion
        • Hiking
        • Hunting

        Comments about Danner Light:

        Shoes, like relationships, need to be used a lot inorder to appreciate them. The days of throw away boots are upon us and it seems like people have forgotten that it takes time to really make a boot apart of your foot. These boots were comfortable out of the box. Now, two years later, they are like an extension of my own body. No hot spots, blisters or worries. I've been putting in long hikes and backpacking trips with them and just got back from Havasupai, logging in over 30 miles in two days. Danner continues to make a quality American product.
        They clean up nice and go well with jeans.

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        • No

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