Our Living Legacy
2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the Danner Light. For four decades, this family of boots has set the standard for thru-hikes, weekend treks and quality time spent in our nation’s wilds. We revolutionized the outdoor industry in the '70s when the Danner Light became the first-ever boot to use a GORE-TEX waterproof liner. In honor of this milestone, we’re throwing it back to patterns and designs circa 1979, reviving the original spirit of the Danner Light.
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Forty Years of Quality Craftsmanship
We've been building the Danner Light in our Portland, Ore. factory since its inception in the late '70s. This enables us to hand-select the highest quality leather, physically test the waterproofing qualities of our GORE-TEX booties and inspect every detail down to the last stitch. We build each boot as if we’re going to be lacing them up to trek switchbacks and ascend ridges ourselves for the next four decades.
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Great Designs Prevail
What good is a boot built to last decades if the style only has a few seasons of appeal? The Danner Light is timeless. Since the first pair left our Portland, Ore. factory 40 years ago, not much has changed. Made of premium full-grain leather and durable Cordura panels, today’s boot echoes the same confidence and quality as the original.
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It’s good to have a healthy regard for the past, but we don’t dwell in it. While the design and construction of the Danner Light are rooted in heritage, we’re always looking for ways to improve. Incorporating new technology like Vibram's Megagrip and OrthoLite footbeds provide improved traction and more comfortable arch support.
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