User Review: Danner Mountain Light II
Break-in Period: rough trails and outdoor work
Weight: 6.5 lbs.
I like these boots very much because they feel good and fit my feet better than other boots do. I just received my third pair. I will always have a pair of these boots in my closet. They are very high quality boots. Very tough. They are just right for me, but I could see how you would want more ankle support or a stiffer sole. The longer you have them the better they fit and the more supportive they are because you can strap them on tighter.
When you first get them it is a trick to figure out the tongue, but you get used to it and the padding actually does you some good. You need to pull the top of the tongue towards the inside of the boot to keep it from making a ridge in the leather that will irritate the top of your foot. It folds together fairly well that way. Once you figure that out and wear them around a little they feel good.
Try to get the gussets lined up right the first few times so you can start "setting" the shape of the folds from the start. The gussets could be a little higher too because water gets in if you step in ankle deep water. It's not a big problem because the materials they make them of are pretty good and the boots dry well. They get a little hot on the achilles the first few times out. I think that this would not happen if they were a little higher or lower, but I like them just as high as they are and wouldn't want them to change. It doesn't last long.
Aside from that I just love 'em. I have walked places in my Danners where I wouldn't wear anything else, to some extent because they are so comfortable. Its good to have comfy boots when the walk home is so long. And, of course, they look good. Very traditional styling.