Who should buy the Danner Mountain Light

Built to withstand the test of time, the Mountain Light is as historical as it is a force of nature on the trail. You are this Danner boot's target audience if:

  • You're a fan of authentic leather boots engineered with Gore-Tex technology.
  • Rugged trails and dusty tracks are part of your backpacking expeditions.
  • You're into vintage boots, especially those with seamless uppers.
  • You tackle rocky descents more often than not.

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Who should not buy it

MSRP-wise, the Mountain Light can be quite intimidating. Consider the Danner 453 instead if your budget is somewhere around $200. Also, you might want to trade the featured boot for the Crater Rim if your pack adventures involve steeper inclines with low-lying boulders along the way.

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As tough as it looks

Scores of hikers swear by the enduring construction of the Danner Mountain Light.

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The Mountain Light's dreamy confines

Professional gear bloggers are at a loss for words with the boot's incredible comfort level. Some of them also love its just-right coziness in mildly chilly conditions.

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Patience is a virtue

But you might need to hike in it a few miles to get it to loosen up fully.

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Craftsmanship at its finest

Its construction is nothing short of flawless, say trail-goers in droves.

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Bar-hop with the Danner Mountain Light

The boot's grounded design and versatile outsole make the Mountain Light a fine casual kick, as well.

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Reassuring collar

Maximal ankle support is yours in this dapper backpacking boot.

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Hollywood fanfare

In the film Wild, Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon wore the Danner Mountain Light (Cascade colorway). The movie was an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling book, which tells the author’s journey on the Pacific Crest Trail.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 29oz / Women 22oz
Update: Danner Mountain Light II
Use: Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lace-to-toe, Vintage / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.