Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Price: $380
Weight: Men: 30.5oz | Women: 22oz
Width: Men: Normal, Wide | Women: Normal, Wide
Brand: Danner
Material: Leather, Vibram
Technology: Gore-Tex
Colorways: Brown
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  • 85 / 100 | Outside Online | | Level 1 expert

    The midsole isn't stiffened according to size either, but with women's sizing and two men's widths available the Explorer is still likely to please many people.

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  • The Danner Explorer 6” brown leather boot is adequately equipped with trail-specific features suitable for day-long hikes. Its stitchdown construction gives it a wider platform, thus granting users improved stability.
  • This hiking gear is part of Danner’s lineup of recraftable footwear; once pre-conditions are met, its outsole may be replaced with a new one for a nominal fee.

The Danner Explorer is a fairly true-to-size, mid-cut leather footgear for male and female hikers. Lengthwise, its sizing options include whole and half sizes. In terms of width, the men’s boot comes in D – standard and 2E – wide, while the women’s version is only offered in B – standard. It is built on the 650 last, making its overall profile sleek and its confines a bit on the narrow side. The brand, thus, advises those with bulkier feet to consider getting a pair of Danner Explorer boots in 2E – wide. Its lace-up closure provides a personalized fit.

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.

This Danner hiker has a hardy yet springy midsole to help 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.

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 to keep intrusive debris out. A round synthetic lace and combination eyelets comprise the entirety of its front closure.