User Review: Danner Mountain Light II
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $315
Danner Mountain Light II's (made in the USA) rock and can handle rocks.
- Norwegan welted Vibram sole
- Quality leather
- All one piece to improve waterproofness
- Seriously old school
- Your Achilles tendon will form to the boot, not the other way around
I hadn't worn Danner boots in years. My last pair was purchased ~1991, but lasted ~15 years of light use. Recently needed a new hiker. The Mountain Light's traction is excellent. The rear top of the scree collar is the most painful experience I've had in a shoe in a long time, but I think my foot will break in soon :)
Leather quality is great, but not quite as good as my Horween Predator leather boots from Wolverine. But the Danners are hands down more comfortable. I got the wide and it was a great choice. The design of the boot wants them to be snug. I ended up using a surgeon's knot to keep the bottom two eyelets loose and around the scree collar loose while keeping the shoe tight across the arch / top of my foot.
They have a Gore-tex liner so I'm not worried about waterproofness. If they leak, Gore-tex is fantastic about honoring their lifetime warranty. For a full leather boot, the Mountain Lights don't seem excessively hot.
Now having the shoes for a couple of weeks, the back of the shoe is breaking in nicely. I purchased the wide to have a little more room in the toes. I'm using this as a casual shoe as well as a hiker. But as they broke in, I developed a little more heel slip, so I purchased a pair of 3/4 insoles and so far they seem to have done the trick.