Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
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.
WeightMen: 29ozWomen: 29oz
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal
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97 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews
They are a phenomenal pair of boots, overall. And I highly, highly recommend them to anyone.
Overall, I definitely recommend these boots to any moderate to serious hiker out there.
Great boots for great adventures!
Don’t get me wrong: these are the best hiking boots I have ever had and they will stick around for many years as they give me comfort, support, and that classic look.
Updates to Danner Crater Rim
- The Danner Crater Rim is packed with features built for backpacking adventures. It has an upper made of nubuck and lined with Gore-Tex to offer optimal performance on the trails.
- For cushioning and support, it uses a polyurethane footbed and fiberglass shank. A bi-density cupsole enhances shock absorption and comfort. The Vibram rubber outsole, on the other hand, renders surface traction.
Danner Crater Rim size and fit
The Danner Crater Rim is a backpacking boot for men and women. Both variants come in medium (regular) width, with an additional wide option for men. It is shaped using the 610 last which is made true to size and designed for use with a full-length footbed. It offers a roomy forefoot through its wide and deep toe box while keeping a snug heel fit. Its lace-up closure permits fit customization.
The Danner Crater Rim features a Vibram Bifida outsole. It can adapt to most types of terrain thanks to the varying shapes and sizes of its lugs. Its self-cleaning profile sheds mud and channels trapped water out, preventing slips. The undercut heel assists hikers on steep descents. The flexion lines across the sole enhance its flexibility.
This mid-cut backpacking boot uses a cushioning polyurethane (PU) footbed to provide underfoot comfort. It is paired with a fiberglass shank to grant stability on bumpy grounds without hindering the boot’s flexibility. This structure sits atop a dual-density cupsole which promotes shock absorption, for a comfortable stride.
The velvety upper of the Crater Rim is due to its durable nubuck leather. It is breathable and waterproof, thanks to the incorporation of a Gore-Tex liner. Danner designers added a full rubber rand to heighten the boot’s durability and abrasion resistance.
Its six-inch high collar is padded for comfort. Its lacing hardware uses metal D-rings and a pair of studs at the top.
- This boot bagged the 2012 Gear of the Year Award of Outside Magazine.