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  • Subcategory
    Subcategory

    Hiking Sandals

    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.

    Hiking Shoes

    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.

    Hiking Boots

    Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.

    Mountaineering 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.

  • Use
    Use

    Day Hiking

    Shoes or boots for hikes that only last for half a day. Flexibility and lightness are the highlights of these kinds of footwear. See the best day hiking shoes and the best day hiking boots.

    Backpacking

    For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots

    Speed Hiking

    Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.

    Winter Hiking

    Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.

    Multi-sport

    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.

  • Cut
    Cut

    Low

    Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.

    Mid

    Boots with an ankle-height cuff. They provide extra ankle support. See mid-cut hiking boots and mid-cut mountaineering boots.

    High

    Boots with a cuff that goes above the ankle. In the case of insulated ones, they may reach the calf. Also grants extra ankle support. See high-cut hiking boots and high-cut mountaineering boots.

    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.

  • Price
    Price
    $200
  • Feature
    Feature
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 19.5oz
    Women: 16oz
  • Width
    Width
    Men: Normal, Wide
    Women: Normal
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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Summary

We spent 7.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

10 reasons to buy

  • A large number of people couldn’t help but praise the Danner Mountain 600 for its amazing comfort, with many stating that it’s the most comfortable boot they have ever worn.
  • It virtually requires zero break-in time, according to a considerable number of reviewers.
  • Many users—both men and women—commended the Mountain 600’s durability.
  • The shoe has a nice, satisfying fit and roomy toe box, based on a good number of user reviews.
  • A high percentage of hikers liked the boot for being very lightweight. Many of these hikers are women.
  • Danner’s Mountain 600 has praiseworthy aesthetics and overall look, as claimed by some wearers.
  • Expert reviewers pretty much loved its flexibility, with one even likening it to a trail running shoe.
  • Several users and experts gave props to the boot’s Vibram Megagrip outsole for sporting amazing traction, especially on slippery surfaces and wet terrain.
  • Experts applauded its overall build quality, considering its price being appealingly lower than most of its competition.
  • This Danner boot did an excellent job of not giving some consumers blisters.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Many owners were disappointed with the Danner Mountain 600’s tongue. Although gusseted, it apparently isn’t as waterproof as the entire upper.
  • A couple of disgruntled owners felt like the boot’s sides could have been sturdier. One of them even reported that they split in just a few months of use.
  • A very small percentage of wearers complained about the boot’s lack of breathability. It made one wearer’s feet sweat more than the usual.

Bottom line

An aesthetically pleasing day hiking boot that has top-notch comfort, virtually zero break-in time, and impressive durability is the Danner Mountain 600. This flexible mid-cut boot is very lightweight and has a truly satisfying fit. It’s also much-praised for its amazing traction (thanks to its Vibram outsole), which makes traversing slippery and wet terrain a cinch. The shoe, according to some hikers, however, isn’t completely waterproof, due largely to the gusseted tongue’s suspicious design. Also, the shoe’s lack of breathability and its sides’ somewhat questionable durability mar—to a very small degree—the Mountain 600’s overall quality.

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Expert Reviews

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91 / 100 based on 16 expert reviews

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Updates to Danner Mountain 600

  • The Danner Mountain 600 is a stylish, 4.5-inch high, mid-cut boot that’s specifically designed for hiking on rough terrain. The upper, whether suede or full-grain leather, keeps water at bay thanks to Danner Dry—Danner’s proprietary waterproofing technology.
  • The boot sports a gusseted tongue with ample, cushy padding. It keeps the interior free of debris and makes traversing sandy surfaces and scree slopes much more manageable.
  • The moisture-wicking ankle collar is also padded which adds to the boot’s comfort and debris resistance. There’s also an Achilles notch on the back for better movability.
  • Its hardy yet springy Vibram SPE midsole gives comfort and stability. The single-build outsole, on the other hand, grants the boot better traction for its engineered lugs and extends to the upper’s front zone.

Danner Mountain 600 size and fit

Danner’s Mountain 600 is a boot for both men and women. The men’s shoe comes in sizes 7 through 15, with half sizes until 11.5. It is offered in D - medium and EE - wide widths. The women’s version comes in B - medium width and is offered both in whole and half sizes from 5 through 11. The designers used a specific last that grants the boot a roomy interior while still possessing a sleek overall profile. The systematic placement of the riveted D-rings also allows for the even distribution of lace pressure, which adds to the boot’s overall snug fit.

Outsole

With a Vibram Fuga outsole melded with Vibram’s Megagrip tech, the Mountain 600 is provided traction on both wet and dry terrain. The triangular, self-adaptive lugs are placed and positioned on the outsole in such a way that grip is sustained from virtually all directions. There are shallow ridges horizontally lining the outer sole that make the boot extra flexible during ground contact and transitions.

This grippy outsole is a one-piece rubber construction that extends all the way to the tip of the upper’s front, conveniently covering the sturdy midsole as well. This extension also acts as a protective toe cap.

Midsole

The Vibram SPE midsole is made with a combination of EVA and synthetic natural rubber. Its overall design is primarily built around comfort, durability and flexibility. It runs thick for an extra layer of cushioning which also grants weight support and shock absorption. The outsole’s flex ridges also extend to the midsole which not only increases the boot’s pliability, but also gives the midsole-outsole form a sawtooth look.

Working in conjunction with the midsole to provide foot comfort is a removable Ortholite footbed. This default insole has basic cushioning features which include a slightly contoured heel rest for added stability.  

The boot features a nylon shank. It is a lightweight and flexible material that allows the wearer to move easily. It bends enough to follow the natural movement of the foot.

Upper

The Danner Mountain 600’s overall stylish design comes largely from its upper which is made of either suede or full-grain leather. It has minimal seams and is engineered with Danner Dry which makes the boot waterproof. The ankle collar and gusseted tongue have enough padding which makes the boot comfortable to wear.

In place of lace holes are D-rings and hook eyelets that make lacing up more convenient. There are also lace holders stitched vertically along the tongue that further strap in and secure the laces.

Additional Info

  • The Danner Mountain 600 was used as the foundation for the Timber 600—a limited edition product created by Danner in collaboration with Portland Timbers (an American soccer team). Danner markets it as a boot that can be used for hiking the toughest trails and cheering for the Timbers during a rainy-day match.