User Review: Danner Men's 453 GTX
Materials: Full grain nubuck/gore-tex
Use: long hikes for me/ rough trail/off trail
Break-in Period: very short
Weight: about 3 pounds
Price Paid: $139.95 no shipping
These are very handsome and obviously very well constructed. I just happen to be a nubuck fan and there is some synthetic material as well. The fit is true to size right out of the box; I feel comfortable in mail order as I always wear a 10D and have been told I have the "perfect" foot(s). Danner says they are a little wider and a midweight sock is perfect. They are about between mid and high cuts. Great ankle support. (Bean Cresta socks are great) Again the fit is great; a very slight heel pull from the right shoe, but a loop tie fixed that. There is virtually no break in particularly after coating them with Danner's nubuck waterproofing (water based).
Very comfortable and soild on and off trail; I've only done a few short mile hikes to date but I am confident they can handle just about any terrain. I just use a shoulder bag so I have no idea about heavier packs. The Gore-tex is a plus and Backpacker gave them a "best-buy" rating in the recent year gear review. I did look at some others including Bean's Cresta Hikers, but they are more bucks (or is that more new bucks? hey moe!) and heavier. The Danner 453 GTX is outstanding!