Use: Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Price: $330
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Weight: Men: 29oz | Women: 29oz
Width: Men: Normal, Wide | Women: Normal, Wide
Brand: Danner
Material: Leather, Vibram
Technology: Gore-Tex
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A top 8% best hiking boot
A top rated Danner hiking boot
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97 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 | Outdoors Allie | Level 1 expert

    They are a phenomenal pair of boots, overall. And I highly, highly recommend them to anyone.

  • 98 / 100 | DnSAdventures | | Level 1 expert

    Overall, I definitely recommend these boots to any moderate to serious hiker out there.

  • 100 / 100 | The Adventure Blog | | Level 3 expert

    Great boots for great adventures!

  • 100 / 100 | Hiking Lady Boots | | Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 100 / 100 | deLucasaurus | | Level 1 expert

    If you’re seeking a mid-weight hiking, trekking, or upland/small game hunting boot, I can’t recommend the Crater Rims enough. They’re the best hiking boots I’ve ever worn, period.

  • 100 / 100 | Alaska Magazine | Level 1 expert

    Danner’s Crater Rim boots were exactly what our testers expected—tough as a bull’s horn.

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  • 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.

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.