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.
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.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking 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.
For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
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.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
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.
WeightMen: 19.5ozWomen: 16oz
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal
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90 / 100 based on 16 expert reviews
Danner put together a lot of great features when they created this boot.
Always had great grip with it. Keeps the feet dry and it's really comfortable.
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.
I’d happily wear backpacking, fishing, and to dinner in downtown San Francisco.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.