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Mountain Light II 5" Black

Style No. 30860
$350.00
USA Crafted

Our bootmakers don't brag. They let their creations do the talking. With solid stitchdown construction, Vibram® Kletterlift outsoles, and full-leather support, this classic boot could tell some stories.

 
 
 
 

Product Details

Overview

The USA-made Mountain Light™ II hiking boot is legendary for its unmatched quality, durability and support. GORE-TEX® lining provides waterproof protection. The Vibram® Kletterlift outsole offers lightweight comfort as well as superb shock absorption and guarantees great traction and stability on both wet and dry surfaces. Danner’s famous stitchdown construction provides a wider platform for stability and the lace-to-toe system provides a secure fit.

How it Fits

The 650 last offers a sleek, slender profile with a more narrow fit. Boots on this last tend to fit those with a more narrow foot better than those with a wider foot. This ensures a snug fit for terrain and activities that demand support and stability. If you do have a wider foot, we recommend ordering an "EE" (wide) in this style.

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, one-piece, all-leather upper offers a classic look with superior waterproof protection and durability
  • 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
  • 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
  • 5" height
  • Men’s 62 oz
  • Recraftable

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Mountain Light II 5" Black
 
4.5

(based on 33 reviews)

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    (21)

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    (9)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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Cons

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Best Uses

  • Hiking (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Steady product but need improvements!

Before i purchase a pair of Mountain Light II, I've gone through about half a dozen sites containing reviews and most of them are 50/50 about this particular model. A lot of the...Read complete review

Before i purchase a pair of Mountain Light II, I've gone through about half a dozen sites containing reviews and most of them are 50/50 about this particular model. A lot of the said "reviews" can only be taken with a grain of salt (yes, you know what i'm talking about)... only a few seemed authentic.

Anyhow, I went out to purchased a pair despite of what i've read. The boots are bought in an outdoor outlet so i got to try them out before making any final decision. Initial impression was good; detail craftsmanship, high quality leather and metal wear. Test walking in the shop revealed the first problem that everyone had brought up... the tongue of the shoe did not fold well, the leather on the top bites into the top of your foot. HERE'S THE REMEDY; before tying your shoe lace, fold the leather in PROPERLY, make sure the creases are SINGLE fold and not crumpled together. This way the top of your foot won't hurt so much in the breaking in process. I'm not sure if the fold will hold over time but much better than those folks who expects the leather to fold themselves... TRY IT, it only takes 1 minute of your time.

The second problem is also a popular one amongst those who REALLY wore the boots. I think... oh say EVERYONE on this planet have achilles tendon so why did DANNER design a 5 inch boot with NO CURVE on the back of the boot? Testing them in the outlet was fine but once i left the place and went shopping in them for the next 3 hours... my achilles were showing signs of pain... and this is just from walking around the mall, can you imagine what it'll do hiking in them for 6 hours? Adding a slight curve behind the boot will ease the pain for sure... i don't expect it to be a cure because this IS a flaw in all 5 inch boot as the back of the boot will indefinitely come in contact with the achilles tendon.

I think you guys craft very good products but PLEASE listen to your customers! Having pride is one thing, too much will destroy you. Make the changes, DANNER!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Threw them away

Went through two pairs. First pair arrived in the mail and had a deformed heel cup so that the front edge of the cup curved in, digging into the side of my foot....Read complete review

Went through two pairs. First pair arrived in the mail and had a deformed heel cup so that the front edge of the cup curved in, digging into the side of my foot. Very painful experience. I chalked it up to bad luck. Danner nicely sent a replacement pair without much trouble. Second pair also has uncomfortable heel cup, this time the back digs into the back of the heel. After over a year trying different ways of breaking these boots in, I finally threw them away this morning. I would have gotten more enjoyment out of those $250+ if I'd taken the cash and burned it. I was never able to walk more than a couple of miles in the city park with them. The move and shift, and the tongue never stays in place, no matter which way I tied the laces. Laces untied constantly unless I was extra careful to use special knots. Stitching on the tongue and on the interior leather lining around the ankle came undone--and I don't think I have even 20 miles of easy city park walking on them. One of the eyes for the laces isn't installed straight, it is twisted and sticks out so that it catches on everything including the hem of my pants, and it won't twist or turn to be straight. Shape around the ankle guaranteed pain in either the ankle or on the heel. I decided to throw them away after I ordered a new pair of all-leather military jump boots, and they were broken in and comfortable after a few days. Made me realize that I was working too hard to make these Danners work, and close to $300 is too much to spend on a boot with stitching that comes undone. I would chalk up the discomfort to my narrow feet not being a good match for the boot, but there's no excuse for the poor workmanship. It's a shame, I travel a lot and have had to rely on my old boots or my military boots on some trails where the Gore-Tex in these Danners would have been useful.

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(38 of 43 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Steady product but need improvements!

By Eric the RED

from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Quality Leather
  • Sturdy
  • Well crafted

Cons

  • Achilles problem
  • Tongue don't fit well

Best Uses

  • Light hiking
  • Walking around town

Comments about Mountain Light II 5" Black:

Before i purchase a pair of Mountain Light II, I've gone through about half a dozen sites containing reviews and most of them are 50/50 about this particular model. A lot of the said "reviews" can only be taken with a grain of salt (yes, you know what i'm talking about)... only a few seemed authentic.

Anyhow, I went out to purchased a pair despite of what i've read. The boots are bought in an outdoor outlet so i got to try them out before making any final decision. Initial impression was good; detail craftsmanship, high quality leather and metal wear. Test walking in the shop revealed the first problem that everyone had brought up... the tongue of the shoe did not fold well, the leather on the top bites into the top of your foot. HERE'S THE REMEDY; before tying your shoe lace, fold the leather in PROPERLY, make sure the creases are SINGLE fold and not crumpled together. This way the top of your foot won't hurt so much in the breaking in process. I'm not sure if the fold will hold over time but much better than those folks who expects the leather to fold themselves... TRY IT, it only takes 1 minute of your time.

The second problem is also a popular one amongst those who REALLY wore the boots. I think... oh say EVERYONE on this planet have achilles tendon so why did DANNER design a 5 inch boot with NO CURVE on the back of the boot? Testing them in the outlet was fine but once i left the place and went shopping in them for the next 3 hours... my achilles were showing signs of pain... and this is just from walking around the mall, can you imagine what it'll do hiking in them for 6 hours? Adding a slight curve behind the boot will ease the pain for sure... i don't expect it to be a cure because this IS a flaw in all 5 inch boot as the back of the boot will indefinitely come in contact with the achilles tendon.

I think you guys craft very good products but PLEASE listen to your customers! Having pride is one thing, too much will destroy you. Make the changes, DANNER!

(14 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding

By scott

from Mesa, AZ

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfort and fit
  • Craftsmanship
  • Range of uses

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Camping
    • Hiking

    Comments about Mountain Light II 5" Black:

    It just doesn't get better. I bought a pair of Mountain Lite II hiking boots and the first time I put them I wore them for around 6 hours and took a 10 mile hike. To my great surprise these boots required no break-in - I had no blisters nor were my feet uncomfortable at any time. I'm so pleased that I'll be ordering another pair of Danner's for hiking and will skip the wondering if I made the right choice. Thank you Danner for keeping American Made quality alive.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Phenomenal Product

    By Mike

    from Vancouver Canada

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to break in
    • Surprisingly lightweight
    • Totally waterproof
    • Welted construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backpacking
      • Hiking
      • Hunting
      • Snowshoeing

      Comments about Mountain Light II 5" Black:

      It is so hard to find a true welted construction hiking boot these days, let alone one made in America. These are better than anything else I've tried or felt in 25 years, and they are made to last, being fully serviceable. What a bargain at [$] (although mine were [$]). In twenty years when I need another pair, I'll be back. I love them.

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would buy this product again!!!

      By logic

      from Cary, NC

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about Mountain Light II 5" Black:

      I own a couple of different danner boots, but for someone who regularly uses sneakers for everyday wear, when i saw these boots i was and am impressed with the look i will tell anyone if what you are looking for is a good everyday,comfortable,waterproof,good looking boot
      THIS IS IT!!!

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Pursuit of Excellence is Over....

      By GO YANKEES

      from NYC

      Pros

      • Extremely comfortable
      • Great 4 Snow Storm in NYC
      • no break-in period needed

      Cons

      • Additional lace colors
      • No other cons

      Best Uses

      • Appealing Look
      • Standing and walking
      • This years NYC Snow Storm

      Comments about Mountain Light II 5" Black:

      I have Bought Danner boots for many years and have several pairs to include the Recon boot, The Talus and now the Mountain Light II. Not to mention my Army desert boots. Depending on where I'm never in doubt about my footwear when I know I have a pair of Danners on. Whether in my Civilian Occupation (law enforcement) or my Army Occupation (MP)I wear my danner boots.

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