User Review: Danner Men's Talus GTX
Materials: leather, gore-tex
Use: day-hike, multi-day hike, snow-shoe
Break-in Period: almost immediately
Price Paid: $135
I wasted a few dollars trying to find some good, tough hiking boots, but eventually, I ran into these Danners. I'm skeptical of "waterproof," so I took them on a 3 hour swamp-marsh hike" shortly after getting them. No leaks and was in water 3-5" high for a long periods of time (like 5-10 minutes a pop).
I use them for 6-8 hours snow-shoeing in wet, soggy snow and no leaks. And miraculously, my feet are usually pretty dry after such gigs, which means these boots breath well.
Danner boots come in width-sizes too so if your feet are a little (or a lot wide), you can get a better fit. Boots come with nice solid laces (and an extra pair or laces), fit really well the first time I tried them, and have an awesome rubber bumper around the entire boot. This helps keep leather from getting nicked up (protects waterproofness). Also, the leather is constructed from a very large (non-seamed) piece. This helps with warmth and waterproofing.
All-in-all, these are the best boots I've owned out of about 3-4 pairs. Weight is pretty low on these boots too!