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Mountain Light

$330.00
|  Style 30866
USA Crafted

The original Mountain Light, introduced back in 1979, is believed by many to be greatest backpacking boot of all time. Danner bootmakers build the new model to the exact same specs as the original, down to the color of the full-grain leather and the embossed Danner logo.


 
 
 

Ask a seasoned backpacker what the ideal hiking boot looks like, and you’re bound to hear a description of the Mountain Light. That’s because for over 30 years, the Mountain Light set the standard for every new product that hit the market. And in all that time, nothing ever dethroned the original. Today, we’re proud to reintroduce this classic boot. Every single pair is built by hand in Portland, Oregon with full-grain leather, Vibram® Kletterlift outsoles, and waterproof GORE-TEX liners. The result is classic design that provides unmatched comfort and support.

    Boot 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
    • 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
    • 5" height
    • 62 oz
    • Recraftable
650 EE Last
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.

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.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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DannerMountain Light
 
4.5

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (6)
  • Durable (6)
  • Made in USA (4)
  • Comfort (3)
  • Waterproof (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Hiking (16)
    • Backpacking (8)
    • Camping (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (13)

    Reviewed by 28 customers

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    (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Needs a Pewter Beer Stein!

    By Amos Volante

    from Asheville, NC

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Ankle Support and flex
    • Lacing system
    • Massive Traction
    • Top Quality Finish
    • Waterproof

    Cons

    • almost too pretty

    Best Uses

    • Heavy loads
    • Long Distance Packing
    • Rugged terrain
    • Scaring Bears
    • Wet weather

    Comments about Danner Mountain Light:

    I just ordered a pair of Combat Hikers and a pair of these. The CHs were easily worth a 4 star review, the best I'd ever give any boot, but when these came out of the box: GLORIOUS!!
    I didn't know anyone still built a boot like this. They fit my 4E foot just as well as my XW CHs, but somehow they inexplicably feel even better! They look like something from a 70s mountaineering documentary and the traction is everything you expect from the Acadia, but with better ankle articulation and no loss of support.
    This is the finest hiking boot I have ever seen and the only footwear I have ever given 5/5 stars. I pounded out some miles in them and while they need a bit of break in, unlike the CHs which needed none, they are extremely comfortable.
    If you buy these and they fit you properly, you cannot fail to love them.
    The only flaw is that they should include a pair of red suspenders and a big pewter beer stein as accessories. I may have to grow my beard back to wear them in town, just to uphold the imgage.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Very narrow toe-box

    By The archaeologist

    from Denmark

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Extremely Wellmade
    • Minimal Break-in
    • no heel slip

    Cons

    • Does Not Fit To Size
    • Very Narrow Toebox

    Best Uses

      Comments about Danner Mountain Light:

      I have natural wide toes so i always look for wellfitting boots. When I looked at pictures of these on the web they looked well proportioned and the description mentioned that they were made on a wide last. When I got them the boots felt amazing all around except at the toe box. It was VERY narrow and almost looked disproportionally. after wearing them for 2 hrs my big toe joint was aching badly and i had to send them back.
      This annoyed me since my Danner bull runs that have a "casual fit" last fits perfectly but these "wide" boots are extremly narrow.

      The picture shows the difference between the toeboxes of the two danner boots. I wasted 160 dollars on toll fees and shipping to Denmark because of the bad description of the boot size

      in short: if you have wide toes - DONT buy these, if you dont, then youll probably love them.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Don't go a' changin'

      By Avi

      from WA

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • best support
      • Everything I hoped for
      • Feel great
      • Fit great
      • Look Great
      • Recraftable
      • Wife Doesn't Like Em

      Cons

      • Wife Doesn't Like Em
      • Wish There Was More Stock

      Best Uses

      • Whatever you need

      Comments about Danner Mountain Light:

      Simple but sophisticated, with age comes wisdom. Don't let the old ways go unoticed. Danner has done it for a long time. So I asked that you don't go a changin... and you answered.

      I was nervous when I ordered my Danners. I knew they where good boots. But as boots go, they are only as good as they fit. With the perpetual uncertainty, even after measuring, I was anticipating a long return process. I ordered the size down as recommended, and crossed my fingers. I read all the reviews before I placed my order, and once I hit the button started wondering if the boots would not be snug enough. I have seemingly narrow width feet. Generally boots are made a bit wide for me and my feet shift to the sides making them very uncomfortable after a while.

      Reading the reviews I noticed some naysayers mentioning this issue, so naturally I was worried after spending this amount of money on a boot. I plan on these boots being with me for a pretty long time. The boots arrived a day before they said they would, and the fit was spot on, (that in itself is a tall order). They have been broken in now (many a Hike carrying four kiddoes worth of stuff, and country wide vacation) and I can't imagine why I ever bought another kind of boot.

      Another issue I noticed mentioned was something I thought was bogus, but wanted to debunk for myself; the eyelets causing stress points, they are boots, they are meant to be rugged, but the stress points should wear in after a time. Besides any seasoned hiker will tell you, you need to learn to lace your boots properly. On this point the boots are versatile, so when I need the support, I will lace them to the top, when I need them relaxed I will lace only the eyelets, they fit every need my feet require, laces tight or loose.

      I was going to order a pair of laces when I placed the order for my boots. I forgot to order the laces and called so I wouldn't pay additional shipping. The representative was on the line quickly, and told me she would make sure the pair of laces I wanted would be sent out. I asked about cost and was told they would be no charge as a courtesy! Wow. This is how business should be done!

      They look fantastic and just get better with age. Thank You Danner for a classic boot, done the good ol fashioned way.

      (7 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Not an Ideal Hiking Boot

      By JW

      from New York

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Made in USA
      • Recraftable
      • Styling

      Cons

      • FIT
      • Form
      • Function
      • Price

      Best Uses

      • Fashion Week
      • Not For Serious Trails

      Comments about Danner Mountain Light:

      Not a good hiking boot. Lacing system creates pressure points. As boot is broken in it makes annoying squeaking sounds. Ankle support very difficult to break in and rubs excessively even with thick high socks. After spending so much on American made boots you keep hoping they will get more comfortable as you break them in, but they don't. Realize these are first and foremost a retro styled fashion boot and not for actual hiking / work use.

      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Boots for Life!

      By DW

      from Martinez, CA

      Pros

      • Great all around boot
      • Superb quality
      • Tough

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Hiking
      • Motorcycle riding

      Comments about Danner Mountain Light:

      I bought my first pair back in the early '80's. They were my primary hiking and backpacking boots. I used them as general work boots, and eventually my motorcycle riding boots. They were re-soled several times....and then stolen out of my truck in 2002. I was more upset over the loss of those boots than the damage to the truck. I bought another pair. If you can find better boots, buy them. I bet you can't.

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