User Review: Danner Mountain Light II
Materials: Leather/ gore-tex liner
Use: short dayhikes, daily wear, or just kicking it
Break-in Period: 3 days
Weight: 3lb and a few oz's
Price Paid: $172
Let me say this was my 3rd pair of Danner boots so it was not a brand I just wandered into or was talked into by a helpful sales assistant. I found just as many have the sizing on boots are just crazy these days since so many are imported, a size 10 in China might be a size 8 or 12 here in the States. It was for that reason when I went looking for a heavier pair of hikers I decided to go with the Mountain Lite II versus playing the musical hiking boot game since I knew my sized 13 feet would fit into a size 13 Danner boot.
The quality is what your would expect from Danner, it is not a real heavy boot but if you're used to the newer cordura, gtx light weight hikers they might be little heavy at first. The kletterlift vibram sole will not win you a lot of friends who have tile or hardwood floors as they mark and mud and dirt cling quite well to them LOL. But they are stiff enough to support a good deal of medium duty backpacking but not heavy mountain hiking the boot is too short in ankle support, another inch would have made this boot a little more universal.
They are resoleable which I for one wished more higher end boot makers would get back to, I have nothing against glued soles but after a certain price range is reached I think they could go the extra mile since they want to take a long nap in your wallet at time of purchase.
I've seen where some have taken issue with the leather in these boots I do not, a moderate coating of dressing softens them up enough to break in. Too much will saturate the leather and alter it's natural ability to repel water or moisture and break it down their not a baseball glove, let the gtx do it's job and you should be good to go.
Is this the last boot you will ever need probably not but it's a damn good solid boot that will serve any owner for a long time, sized as indicated, made in the USA and I would recommend it to anyone who needs this type of boot without any regrets.