Facts

Subcategory
Cut
Mid
Price
$200
Feature
Weight
Men: 19.5oz
Women: 16oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

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

9 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.
  • A handful of users and experts gave props to the boot’s Vibram Megagrip outsole for sporting an amazing traction, especially on slippery surfaces and wet terrain.
  • A few experts applauded its overall build quality, considering its price which is appealingly lower compared to other boots of this type.

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, which makes traversing slippery and wet terrain a cinch, thanks to its outsole which uses Vibram’s Megagrip technology. The shoe, according to some hikers, 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.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 379 ratings

5 star
69%
4 star
18%
3 star
8%
2 star
3%
1 star
2%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are hikers, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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90 / 100 based on 14 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 by The Boot Guy • Isaac • Level 1 expert

    Danner put together a lot of great features when they created this boot.

  • 90 / 100 by Digital Trends • Rick Stella • Level 1 expert

    The fact that these kept water out of our boots was something that allowed us to continue on and remain comfortable and dry.

  • 100 / 100 by 1 800 Gear • David Link • Level 1 expert

    Honestly I can’t really find any drawback to the Danner Mountain 600 Boots

  • 100 / 100 by Gumption Gear Review • Gumption Gear Review • Level 1 expert

    The Danner Mountain 600 Hiking Boot carries Danner’s legendary quality with premium protection from the elements and aggressive traction on the trail.

  • 90 / 100 by Gear Junkie • Adam Ruggiero • Level 1 expert

    Danner has made a great boot that’s comfortable, rugged enough for most getaways, and plenty good-looking in the country or the city.

  • 90 / 100 by Active Wedges • Peter Reese • Level 1 expert

    The boot prevails in all common trail conditions – and beyond.

  • 90 / 100 by Officer • Lindsay Bertomen • Level 1 expert

    If hiking is your hobby, this is cheap for a premium boot whose quality is top notch.

  • 90 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Kevin Fonger • Level 1 expert

    The boots have everything that you could ever ask for in a hiking boot and I am more than happy to recommend these boots for anyone looking for a solid pair of hiking boots.

  • 90 / 100 by Wide Open Spaces • Brad Smith • Level 1 expert

    If you’re looking for an all-purpose boot, the Mountain 600 is it.

  • 90 / 100 by Bowhunting.Net • Lynne Frady • Level 1 expert

    They will take you where you want to go.

  • 90 / 100 by Practical Travel Gear • Jill Robinson • Level 1 expert

    The entire rest of the show, I had zero problems. They’re on my feet now in Svalbard, Norway, and I’m glad I have them along.

  • 90 / 100 by marvel outdoor review • marvel outdoor review • Level 1 expert

    Really comfortable. They feel [kinda like] an ankle-height sneaker which I like.

  • 80 / 100 by Outdoors Magic • Will Renwick • Level 1 expert

    They were immediately comfortable and felt sturdy but also very lightweight. For the first 10 days of walking I was very happy with my decision to wear them.

  • 80 / 100 by Adventure Journal • Justin Housman • Level 1 expert

    I’d happily wear backpacking, fishing, and to dinner in downtown San Francisco.

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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.