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Danner Explorer

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Danner Explorer hiking boot

Great quality for a reasonable price.

Pros

  • Sturdy
  • Recraftable
  • Durable
  • Genuine leather
  • Made in the U.S.A

Cons

  • Only offered with Gore-Tex lining
  • Hot in the summer months

 

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at the St. Mary’s Falls in the North Cheyenne Canon Park, Manitou, CO
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ready for the next adventure 
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my traveling companions
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break-in period

Purchased in November '21, these boots have thus far served me well. I wore them inside for a few weeks a few hours at a time to facilitate the break-in period. They offer great ankle support and protect the soles of my feet from loose rocks on the trail.

It is important to remember that these are all-leather boots that with proper care will last for decades. The ONLY thing preventing me from a 5-star rating is that these boots are only offered with the Gore-Tex lining. 

Background

Since purchasing these new, my Danner Explorers and I have hiked several miles without a single issue. The build quality is solid and look great both on and off the trail.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $390

Bought to replace Danner boots that had served me well for 15+ years. Very comfortable with the orthotic insert (comes with the boots) and good ankle support. Perhaps too warm if the weather is very hot, but it's worth it for me to have dry feet.

Pros

  • Comfort
  • Expected durability

Cons

  • Relatively expensive
  • Warm in hot weather

Boots are very comfortable for my feet (for context, I use "support" shoes for pronation when running). To fit my ankle, I did have to lace tightly but felt fine.

Excellent waterproofing—walk right through deep puddles/ streams and my feet are totally dry.

Background

I've used this product for about on regular walks through the woods and a couple longer hikes. I trust this brand from my previous experience.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $400

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Specs

Men's
Price MSRP: $440.00
Current Retail: $439.95
Historic Range: $191.96-$439.95
Reviewers Paid: $390.00-$400.00
Weight 61 oz per pair
Height 6 in
Footbed Airthotic
Shank Fiberglass
Last Type 650
Lining Waterproof
Liner GORE-TEX
Outsole Vibram 148 Kletterlift
Recraftable Yes
Manufacturing Made in USA
Women's
Price MSRP: $440.00
Historic Range: $329.96-$439.95
Weight 44 oz per pair
Height 6 in
Footbed Airthotic
Shank Fiberglass
Last Type 650
Lining Waterproof
Liner GORE-TEX
Outsole Vibram®148 Kletterlift
Recraftable Yes
Manufacturing Made in USA
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