Updates to Danner Jag

  • A reintroduced classic from the 1980s, the Danner Jag is updated with features that refine its original style. It comes with a waffle outsole which adapts to a variety of terrain.
  • With a selection of full-grain leather and textile uppers, it combines flexibility and durability in one package. The Danner Dry technology gives the boot its waterproof and breathable properties.
  • The Danner Jag is equipped with an EVA midsole, a lightweight yet cushy foam. It works with an Ortholite insole which promotes airflow in and out of the boot.

Size and fit

The Danner Jag caters to male and female outdoor adventurers. It comes in standard width and regular sizes. Its fit is based on the DPDX last which gives enough room for toe splay. It also promotes comfort whether on and off trails. This day hiking boot fairly runs true to size.


The Retro Danner outsole can adapt to most terrain. It features square or waffle-like lugs that are strategically laid out on the sole. The side lugs are more resistant to abrasions, thus have a thicker tread.


The midsole of this mid-cut day hiking boot is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). It is a lightweight material which offers cushioning and comfort. An Ortholite insole is added into the boots. It offers breathability and moisture management, keeping the foot dry and fresh.


The Danner Jag has three upper variations. One combines suede and 1000 Denier nylon, and another has a full-grain leather and textile which is treated with durable water repellent coating (DWR). The other version uses a full-grain leather with Cordura. Whichever of these three combinations has qualities of durability and abrasion resistance.

These upper variants are lined with Danner Dry technology. It keeps the feet comfortable through its breathable and waterproof barrier.

Danner Jag vs. Merrell Moab 2 Mid GTX

Both the Jag and Moab 2 Mid GTX are outdoor offerings designed for single-day excursions. They are equipped by their respective manufacturers with various components and technologies that render performance for this kind of activity. Shown below are the notable differences between these two day hiking boots.

Upper. The Merrell Moab 2 Mid GTX employs an upper made of synthetic leather and mesh. It is reinforced with a rubber toe cap, which grants durability and trail protection. A Gore-Tex Extended Comfort is integrated into the upper to prevent water intrusions while maintaining breathability. On the other hand, the Danner Jag offers two upper configurations. The first combines suede and nylon while another variant uses full-grain leather and Cordura fabric. These materials are known to be more robust and abrasion-resistant than the upper construction of the Moab 2 Mid GTX.

Midsole. Merrell’s mid-top hiking boot comes with an EVA midsole and an Air Cushion feature in the heel area. These components yield a cushioned and shock-absorbent ride to the user. A Merrell M Select FIT ECO insole sits on top of the midsole for arch support and extra cushioning. Moreover, it also uses a nylon shank for structure and underfoot support. As a result, the Merrell Moab 2 Mid GTX is more rigid than the Danner Jag, which features an EVA midsole and Ortholite footbed.

Outsole. The Moab 2 Mid GTX comes with a Vibram TC5+ outsole to keep outdoor enthusiasts surefooted on virtually all types of terrain. It employs a pattern of 5mm-deep lugs to provide traction on wet and dry surfaces. On the other hand, the Danner Jag uses a Retro Danner rubber outsole to render this attribute to hikers.

Price. The Danner Jag is slightly more expensive than the Merrell Moab 2 Mid GTX.

Weight. Danner’s Jag for men and women weighs 482g. Meanwhile, the Merrell Moab 2 Mid GTX for men has a weight of 468g while its women’s version weighs 405g, making it lighter than Jag’s vintage hiking boot.

Nice to know

-Wearers who are looking for more day hikers from Danner may want to look at the Mountain 600 and Mountain Light.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 17oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Vintage / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Danner

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Paul Ronto

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