Who should buy the Danner Caprine

The Danner Caprine is touted as Danner's most urban-style hiking shoes. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that is designed to provide superior traction in urban trails and beyond.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides long-distance cushioning and lightweight support.

Danner Caprine logo

Size and fit

The Danner Capri is a mid-top boot with a foot-hugging knit upper. The collar, tongue, and top portion of the midfoot are made of knitted fabric which creates a sock-like feel. Additionally, it has a traditional lace-up closure featuring robust round laces and metal eyelets for a secure fit.

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Promises great surface traction

For this specific shoe, Danner has partnered with Vibram to create a durable outsole that matches trail and urban environments. Featuring a large surface area, this boot promises great traction on concrete paths, hard and rocky terrain, and even slippery roads. It contains the Megagrip compound which is a very sticky rubber that works on both wet and dry surfaces. 

Danner Caprine outsole

Provides strength and stability 

The lugs in the heel have a parabolic shape that mimics the toe of a goat hoof. This design is intended to provide strength and stability for independent movement from each side of the heel.

Danner Caprine outsole 1

Long-lasting underfoot protection

For a comfortable and supportive stride, this shoe uses the Plyolite EVA midsole. It delivers long-lasting underfoot protection without the added bulk. Additionally, the Caprine boot comes with an Ortholite footbed which is made of open-cell polyurethane that ensures breathability. This removable insole is also contoured to provide more foot support. 

Danner Caprine insole

Durable

This boot also has a nylon shank that works by reducing the weight incurred by the wearer's weight while enhancing the structure and durability of the shoe.

Danner Caprine upper

Snug fit

The Caprine features a leather upper with abrasion-resistant woven textile for comfort fit and breathability. It features a clean, minimalist aesthetic design so it looks good whether you dress it up or down. The shaft height of this boot extends up to the ankle and the knit collar creates a snug fit around it. 

Danner Caprine laces

Breathable

This model doesn't have a waterproof membrane so it stays breathable even on hot summer days. Completing its upper is a traditional lace-up closure for a secure fit that can easily be adjusted anytime needed.

Danner Caprine upper 1

Nice to know

  • The Danner Caprine also comes in a low-top version.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 12.9oz
Use: Urban hiking, Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Danner
Material: Leather, Rubber sole, Knit upper / Fabric

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Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.