For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WidthMen: Standard, WideWomen: Standard
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From heavy hiking to hunting through harsh terrain, you can bet the Crag Rat USA boot from Danner will live up to virtually any outdoor task.
The Crag Rats are incredibly well constructed and resistant to wear, absorbing every bit of punishment I threw their way.
This boot is built for big miles over rough terrain.
Updates to Danner Crag Rat USA
- The Crag Rat USA from Danner is designed for hardcore hikers who frequent extra-rugged trails. It features the brand-owned technology Dynamic Response System which renders the boot protective, supportive, and, as its name suggests, responsive.
- A Gore-Tex membrane is imbued within the footgear’s liner for waterproofing. For adequate grip over tricky terrain, on the other hand, the boot is engineered with a hardwearing outsole from Vibram.
Danner Crag Rat USA size and fit
Danner’s Crag Rat USA, which according to the brand runs true to size, is a high-cut day hiking gear for men. It is offered in widths D – standard and 2E – wide. It comes in full and half sizes. It is built on Danner’s 851 last, making its interior snug at the heel yet spacious around the toe box. This last type also makes the footwear’s fit adequately supportive. A secure and personalized lockdown can be achieved via the gear’s front closure.
Giving users enough surface traction in the Crag Rat USA is the Vibram Tsavo outsole. It comes built with a sizable number of lugs to improve its sticking power over slick and soft-soiled surfaces. It is also engineered with a hooked heel to enhance the user’s maneuverability on descents.
The Danner Crag Rat USA’s stabilizing and cushioning capabilities come from its heavy-duty midsole made of polyurethane (PU). It is built with two subcomponents: a polypropylene board and a TPU shank. Both implements enhance the supportiveness of the boot, although the latter bolsters the footgear’s arch support specifically.
This cushy platform is topped with a three-layered, multi-density footbed from Ortholite for extra comfort and support underfoot. It is entirely made of open-cell PU.
Full-grain leather virtually makes up the entirety of the Crag Rat USA’s high-top upper. The Gore-Tex laminate its lining comes engineered with leaves the footwear amply watertight and breathable. For abrasion protection, its lower region is fully wrapped with a rubber rand. It is also capable of keeping debris out thanks to its seam-sealed tongue (a.k.a gusseted tongue).
Slightly giving the leather boot a metallic sheen is its metallic eyelets. They are comprised of four pairs of D-rings and three pairs of open hooks. Its stout lace is made up of synthetic cords.