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Mountain Light

Style No. 30866
$360.00
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.

 
 
 
 

Product Details

Overview

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.

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, 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

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4.6

(based on 34 reviews)

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    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (9)
  • Durable (7)
  • Made in USA (4)
  • Comfort (3)
  • Quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Hiking (18)
  • Backpacking (10)
  • Camping (3)
  • Work (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The boot I always come back to

I have had these boots for nearly 20 years. I got them at an outdoor specialty shop and the man who helped me spent a lot of time making sure I had a good...Read complete review

I have had these boots for nearly 20 years. I got them at an outdoor specialty shop and the man who helped me spent a lot of time making sure I had a good fit. He did an exceptional job because they have had many, many hiking miles on them and I have yet to have any foot issues at all. For those who have posted that they had fit problems, I suggest that they had the wrong version of this boot.

I have had Danner resole them once and they came back buffed and cleaned like new. A few years back I got some high tech, light weight shoes from a specialty store and wore them out within a couple of years and the soles were not replaceable, so they were in the trash pile. I went back to my Mountain Lites and after a few steps they were just as comfortable as ever. Yes, they are substantial, meaning they have a few extra ounces on them, but they don't leak, they provide pure comfort on all terrains and I've never had a boot that gripped as well. I use them often and have pretty much decided to stick with them and not experiment anymore.

I polish them a few times a year with Danner boot polish and that is about all the care they get. For me that is the true test. They just work and don't require a lot of maintenance.

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Very narrow toe-box

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...Read complete review

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.

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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.

(9 of 10 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 28 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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