Danner Hiking Boots
Danner Mountain Light II Hiking Boots
Assuming that you’re looking for a solid pair of classic-looking boots that are going to endure your lifespan, the Mountain Light IIs might be without a doubt your hiking boots of choice.
A considerable majority of folks will certainly discover them hot, heavy as well as stiff. Yet, those of us which devote significant amounts of time great outdoors, on demanding surface, in severe weather condition will definitely value their ability to locate traction, always keep one dry and also, most significantly, protect your feet as well as ankles from twisting, crushing along with impacts.
Mountain Light II Hiking Boots
light ii Boot review
In this review, I will be talking about the Mountain Light II Hiking Boots and my overall experience with and love of Danner boots. I remember the first time I saw a pair of Danner boots when I was 13 or 14. I was a Boy Scout at the time, and I was on a trip with my troop. I remember that one of the dads had a really cool looking pair of somewhat beat up boots that he was wearing. He was ex-military so a lot of my fellow scouts looked up to him, including me, and I remember asking him at some point on the trip what kind of boots he was wearing. I think I had on a pair of beaten up tennis shoes, hardly the best thing to wear on an outdoor hiking trip, and I had been wanting a good pair of hiking boots for awhile. He told me his boots were made by a company called Danner, and that he had them for a long time.
To this day I can’t remember what model of boots they were, or even if he told me what model they were, but I do remember them looking pretty cool. I really wanted a pair like his, but when I got home from the trip I found out how much they cost; a small fortune for a 13-year-old at the time. I wasn’t able to get my pair of danner hiking boots then, but my love affair with Danner had begun.
It wasn’t until I was in High School that I actually got my first pair of danner hiking boots. They were the Mountain Light model, and boy did I use the hell out of them. I would still have that pair today if my feet had not grown out of them. Today, I own a pair of Mountain Light boots and a pair of Mountain Light II boots. I have had the Mountain Light boots for 5 or 6 years, and the Mountain Light II boots for 2 or 3 years. Both boots are great and have served me very well, and in most cases are not a whole lot different, although I do use the Mountain Light II boots more often. This is primarily a personal choice, and because my Mountain Light boots are more worn down (they probably could use a re-crafting). The main difference I see between the two boots is that the Mt. Light II are slightly lighter and have a more modern look and feel. Other than that, there isn’t a big difference between the two.
Let’s take a look at the original Mountain Light boots and my assessment of them. Like a lot of Danner’s products, these boots are made in the US by expert craftsmen and women in their factory in Portland, Oregon. They weigh 4 pounds, so are not exactly the lightest hiking boots you will come across, but are very comfortable and durable. You will have to break them in a bit; it only took me a couple times of use to break them in over a 3-4 week period. They are built with a 100% waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex liner that has come in handy many times on weekend trips and around town when it is rainy and wet. They are remarkably breathable considering the waterproof lining, as most waterproof lining and construction is by nature not very breathable. Their construction is solid and very durable.
Danner uses a stitch down construction, which increases stability for your feet and makes the boot craftable(again something I should probably do with my boots). What I mean by craftable is that these boots- and any other Danner boots that are craftable- can be sent to Danner’s facilities in Portland, Oregon and essentially re-done to be made almost new again. This means the Vibram outsoles can be replaced, as well as other aspects of the boots. This is a great service Danner offers, especially if you have had a pair of boots for a long time, and means that you can re-craft your boots several times if need be.
The Mountain Light II boots are a little lighter than the Mountain Light boots, clocking in at 3lbs 8 oz. If you are looking for a pair of hiking boots that are super light, then neither of the Mountain Light boots are probably what you are looking for. Having said that, the Mountain Light II boots are surprisingly light considering their size and construction and offer many of the same benefits and features as the original Mountain Light. As I mentioned earlier, I use my pair of Mountain Light II boots more often than my other pair, simply from a personal choice, not because they are superior to the other.
I have used Mountain Light II Hiking Boots on weekend trips, on extended hiking and backpacking trips and adventures, as well as for daily use. They are perfect when it is raining and wet outside and I need something to protect my feet from the elements. At this point, they are fully broken-in and have moulded themselves to the shape of my feet and are still really comfortable. Both the Mountain Light and Mountain Light II boots have a more narrow fit than normal, so I would be aware of that when ordering them. If your foot is wider than normal, consider getting them in an “EE” size. Also, I would suggest trying them on to find the right size before purchasing them or testing them out inside your home for a few hours if ordering them online.