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Mountain Light II 5" Black

Style No. 30860
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


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.


  • 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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DannerMountain Light II Black Hiking Boots

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There is no better quality boot made. I own 6 pair of Danner boots and the only one problem I have with all of my Danner boots is that they are too narrow. The...Read complete review

There is no better quality boot made. I own 6 pair of Danner boots and the only one problem I have with all of my Danner boots is that they are too narrow. The Mountain Light II black is no exception. On the Brannock foot scale I measure at a "D" in width but the "EE" in this boot is too narrow and measures about a "B". To have a proper fit with this boot I would need a "4E" in occordence with the Brannock foot scale. So they are very narrow. This is the same as with the Patrol 6" boot which I have. The leather does stretch, so it does adjust but the leather stretches beyond the sole.

This boot does take some break in, as with any good quality boot. The main issue I had during break in was the top rim of the back of the boot. It rubbed on my achilles tendons above my heal on both legs causing blisters (picture below). I learned that the top two laces needed to be tight so the boot does not slip up and down. I also found that wearing a 10 inch sock and folding them down twice so that there were three layers where I was getting a blister. I also used Mole skin which is a necceity to carry with any new boot.

I got a blister on my right foot's second toe from the Gortex liner bunching up over my toes. The Gortex liner in Danner boots have caused me issues in the past too. I had to send back a pair of boots in the past due to the liner not being sewn in properly. It bunched up over my toes too.

I wish that Danner boots allowed for a insole but I guess they are made to fit like a glove as is. I replace all my Danner boots strings with paracord for a fail safe string. It is easy to get strings in any color this way too.

This boot is a very good boot. I would highly recommend it to a friend and have numerous times. Just make sure it fits properly and is not too narrow for your foot. There is no better high quality boot then Danner.

Danners customer service it awesome!

Thanks Danner, but can we get you to make a wider boot...We are Americans not Europeans.


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Speaking in Tongues

I really wanted a five-star boot, a boot to wear into my retirement years. After hearing about Danner and trying on a pair while visiting Portland, I ordered a pair on-line to get...Read complete review

I really wanted a five-star boot, a boot to wear into my retirement years. After hearing about Danner and trying on a pair while visiting Portland, I ordered a pair on-line to get the color I wanted, black. Took a few weeks to break them in before writing this review.

I wear this boot to work (I am an engineer and go on construction sites where steel toe boots are no longer required), but also wanted a boot for daily wear in the office and short hikes. My days run typically 12 to 13 hours out of the house so I do get a lot of use and hours in them.

Overall, a very good-looking boot. I actually get compliments. My feet are wide and these 12EE boots fit snugly but not too snugly and mold well where it counts.

The really odd feature that others had mentioned, is the tongue and instep. It is, as another described, sort of an "S" shape when looking down toward the toe, a back and forth, to seal that path where water might get in otherwise. Raises the waterline, I would say.

What is odd and uncomfortable, is that in order to properly wrap the instep folds to fall under the eyelet panels, the tongue itself must shift to the outside of the foot. The extent of shift is such that what would normally be the inside edge of the tongue winds up dead-center on my foot. The design is poor in my opinion and the tongue really should be wider and offset such that when the folds are in place, the tongue is centered. It is not as if my foot is that wide, this is out of range when laced up. A serious re-design would be of benefit here.

Moreover, once laced up, there is a bunching on my metatarsals that is very uncomfortable after a time. In order to hold my heel tightly to the rear of the boot, it was suggested by the sales clerk to do a wrap tie off at each tier of the hooks. That does serve to secure the heel, but the knot just hits my bones. It eventually stretches out. I see the odd tongue/instep folds playing a role in this, with the tongue edge taking the lead on discomfort.

What I do like about the boot, besides the looks, is -after my critical view above- the tongue/instep feature, but only when it is time to take the boots off. They open up nicely so your foot can almost exit straight up. And frankly, taking them off is a treat some nights.

When they are comfortable, they really are comfortable. But they seem to shift in ways that reminds me about the tongue.

I checked the "no, I would not recommend this to a friend", box. At first I was going to say, "yes, I would recommend" and within that, I would caution them about the issues I had.
But in the end, I held fast to not recommending them.

I intend to keep them (I tend to be a bit stubborn I suppose and they are comfortable eighty-five percent of the time) and break them in even further. But I really wanted to like this boot more, price or not.

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(11 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


Steady product but need improvements!

By Eric the RED

from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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  • Quality Leather
  • Sturdy
  • Well crafted


  • Achilles problem
  • Tongue don't fit well

Best Uses

  • Light hiking
  • Walking around town

Comments about Danner Mountain Light II Black Hiking Boots:

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!

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)



By scott

from Mesa, AZ

Verified Reviewer


  • Comfort and fit
  • Craftsmanship
  • Range of uses


    Best Uses

    • Camping
    • Hiking

    Comments about Danner Mountain Light II Black Hiking Boots:

    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.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


    I would buy this product again!!!

    By logic

    from Cary, NC

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Danner Mountain Light II Black Hiking Boots:

    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!!!

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


    The Pursuit of Excellence is Over....


    from NYC


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


    • Additional lace colors
    • No other cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Danner Mountain Light II Black Hiking Boots:

    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.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


    Phenomenal Product

    By Mike

    from Vancouver Canada

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


      Best Uses

      • Backpacking
      • Hiking
      • Hunting
      • Snowshoeing

      Comments about Danner Mountain Light II Black Hiking Boots:

      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.

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