User Review: Danner Mountain Light II
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $300
- Look great all cleaned up
- Good fit
- High maintenance
- Long uncomfortable break-in
I like these boots. they're as amphibious as hiking boots get. i try to test them every day i wear them, and i wear them pretty much every day. i've had them for a little over a year now, and they've gotten some serious battle scars.
I DO NOT recomend these for stomping through the pricker bushes of northeastern PA in hunting season, it will put a good beating on these shoes, and damn near kill them (i do however recomend chippewa super logers ar ar ar ar). the leather is too soft for sharp edges, but it does make it hug your foot like a good backpacking boot should (once the month long break in is finished. be patient).
They're kind of high maintinance because of the leather. you don't want it to dry out and crack. i like to use sadle soap & mink oil, but who wants to carry these added items on an extended hike?
The weird tongue design, gore-tex lining, and one-piece leather construction all add up to make this boot very water resistant. i've walked through many creeks and streams testing these boots, and as long as you don't get into water over the tongue fold (roughly 4" of flowing water), you'll stay dry.
The vibram sole provides a good grip on most surfaces. i love the tread, i feel like i can run up any hill with minimal slipping (like mudders on a jeep). the sure grip is a great feeling. i also like how i can walk along rocky creek beds all day fishing, jumping from round pointy rock to round pointy rock, and the arch of my foot will feel fine. and these shoes are very flat footed by the way.
You will probably want some sort of insole (i use the plastic one that it comes with, but it's starting to break). over all, if i had the money i'd get these shoes a 2nd time. i destroy other shoes in a matter of months, and these still have plenty of life after a solid year of wear & tear. i quit buying shoes held together by glue. plastic and glue are generally junk. i'll sacrifice breathability for durability. i'll just change my socks more often.