Updates to Danner Mountain Light

  • The iconic Mountain Light from Danner has a vintage look that’s ready for modern-day hiking challenges. The variation offered in its upper material grants outdoor lovers more options and functionality. The styles that employ full-grain and suede leather are lined with a Gore-Tex laminate for weather and trail protection. A non-waterproof version is offered for women’s; its upper is made of Sienna Cache leather with a breathable Dri-Lex lining.
  • The hiker’s foot rests on a cushioned polyurethane midsole. Support comes from the full-length fiberglass shank. Thanks to a stitchdown construction, this boot provides a wider platform underfoot. It makes each stride more stable.
  • This backpacking boot primarily comes in the Vibram Kletterlift outsole. Its profile includes aggressive and angled lugs which yield traction on most types of terrain.

Size and fit

The Danner Mountain Light boots come in regular sizes. Men’s come in wide width only. It has a fit similar to an average-width boot. It is shaped using the 650 EE last which runs a bit long. Hence, the brand recommends getting a half size down. On the other hand, the women’s version uses the 650 M last. It offers a women-specific fit and grants ample room in the toe box area. The boot’s lace-up closure enables hikers to customize the fit.


This mid-cut backpacking boot has a Vibram Kletterlift outsole which grants traction on most types of terrain. The Carrarmato lugs in the center render multi-directional grip. The angled boots on the side of the sole are aggressive enough to deliver a stable ride.


The Danner Mountain Light boots have a polyurethane (PU) midsole. It renders durable cushioning and rebound for a more comfortable ride. A lightweight, fiberglass shank underfoot adds support.


The Danner Mountain Light women’s comes in a waterproof and non-waterproof version. The former comes in brown and black and uses a full-grain leather lined with a Gore-Tex laminate to protect hikers against outdoor obstacles. The latter, the Danner Mountain Light Cascade, features a Sienna Cache leather which gives it an antiqued look. It has a Dri-Lex lining which amplifies breathability, especially on arid conditions. It also prevents the development of odor and mildew.

For men, this backpacking boot comes with a full-grain leather upper (brown, black, and cascade clovis colorways). It lined with Gore-Tex laminate to prevent water intrusion and expel moisture from the inside for a comfortable feel.

Additionally, the women’s and men’s version of this over-the-ankle boot use a one-piece leather construction with minimal seams to enhance trail protection. It is reinforced at the heel area for added durability. Its lacing system employs metal D-rings and open hooks.

Danner Mountain Light Overton

The Danner Mountain Light Overton (men) is a lifestyle twist on the hiking boot. It features a suede upper and is still lined with Gore-Tex just like its hiking boot brothers. It features a Vibram Cristy outsole that uses a soft rubber compound optimized for use indoors. It has a soft rubber compound that cushions each stride while providing traction. The brand does not recommend using it daily on asphalt. It is, however, best used indoors on smooth surfaces.

Nice to know

-Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon wore the Danner Mountain Light Cascade in the movie Wild which was released in 2014. It is an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling book which portrays the author’s journey on the Pacific Crest Trail.

-This backpacking gear can be recrafted for an additional cost. This service includes part replacement, seams restitching, and leather care which extends the life of the boot. It is, however, subject for inspection to determine if it is eligible for repair.

-The Danner Mountain Light Cascade Clovis for men has a second lace option which comes in flat red.


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