Danner designers have seemingly made yet another masterpiece in the Explorer. Their brilliance in boot-making is also seen in the hiker’s A-grade waterproofing, super-precise fit, and overflowing amounts of comfort. That said, the gear is not without a few faults. Indeed, some questioned its width, while some lambasted its weight. Nevertheless, the Danner Explorer is an excellent choice for those who find its strengths quite empowering in their adventures.
- Effective waterproofing
- Superb durability
- Comfortable interior
- Amazing grip
- Flexible collar
- Unflattering heaviness
- Hit-or-miss arch support
- Long break-in time
Who should buy the Danner Explorer
The Danner Explorer 6” brown leather boot is adequately equipped with trail-specific features suitable for day-long hikes. Get it if:
- you want an outdoor gear made from a wider platform, giving you improved stability on the trails.
- you want a recraftable footwear.
- you want a waterproof Danner boot that helps keep you dry on unexpected rainy hikes.
Danner Explorer’s sticky Vibram Kletterlift outsole
Trail seekers are promised security on precarious backcountry surfaces, may they be in wet or dry condition, with the Explorer’s grippy Vibram Kletterlift outsole.
Its slip and skid resistance comes mostly from its numerous lugs—both the blocky protrusions along its edges and the cross-shaped studs at its center.
Explorer from Danner employs a firm underfoot platform
This Danner hiker has a hardy yet springy midsole that helps wearers keep their balance on tricky trails with enough cushioning and shock mitigation. It comes with a shank made of fiberglass for improved underfoot support, especially around the arch.
Atop it is a brand-exclusive footbed called Danner Airthotic, a special kind of insole that cups the heel and doubles down on arch support.
Danner’s Explorer boasts a robust yet sleek upper
The Explorer, which uses the silhouette of the Danner Light boot, owes its earthy look to its stitched-on upper made of full-grain leather.
It has a liner engineered with a Gore-Tex membrane, rendering the boot capable of staying breathable and waterproof in harsh weather conditions.
It has a semi-gusseted tongue that keeps intrusive debris out.
A round synthetic lace and combination eyelets comprise the entirety of its front closure.