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.
WidthMen: Normal, Wide
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Great for day hiking and tough enough for long multi-day hikes.
Updates to Danner Radical 452
- The Radical 452 is designed as a light yet tough hiking boot ready for adventures. Its nubuck-and-nylon upper is lined with a Gore-Tex laminate to amplify trail protection. Auxiliary features include a scuff-proof toe cap, lace-up closure, and heel pull loop.
- This Danner hiking boot sports the Terra Force Platform. It is a lightweight support system underfoot which includes an internal and external shank, insole board, and a midsole. An EVA footbed enhances comfort.
- The Radical 452 carries the brand’s very own Boulder TF outsole. It provides grip on most types of terrain.
Danner Radical 452 size and fit
The Danner men’s Radical 452 GTX outdoor boot is offered in whole and half sizes. It also comes in standard (D) and wide (EE) widths. It is shaped using the 850 last which grants a true-to-size fit and a roomy toe box. The traditional lacing system of this footgear permits customization of fit.
This mid-cut day hiking boot is equipped with the Danner Boulder TF outsole. The central lugs are designed to deliver multi-directional grip regardless of the type of terrain. The conventional cleats on the side of the sole offer stability on bumpy grounds.
The Danner men’s Radical 452 GTX outdoor boot features the Terra Force Platform. It includes a cushioned midsole which gives underfoot comfort and absorbs ground impact. Underneath the midsole is an external shank for lateral and medial stability; on top of it is an internal TPU shank for arch support. On the other hand, an insole board helps stabilize each ride, and a removable EVA footbed promotes comfort.
The Danner Radical 452 upper is made of a combination of nubuck leather and 1000 denier nylon. The former reinforces the areas that are more prone to wear while giving it a velvety finish. The latter renders a decent amount of flexibility and protection against outdoor elements. Also, an abrasion-resistant toe cap is added; it serves as a shield from rocks and other obstacles.
For a breathable and waterproof in-shoe feel, the brand’s designers lined it with a Gore-Tex laminate. It prevents water intrusion while allowing heat and moisture inside to escape.
It employs metal eyelets and hooks for fit management. A lace keeper helps maintains the upright position of the tongue while the pull tab at the back assists in on and off.