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- The Danner Skyridge is a mid-cut day hiking boot sporting svelte looks thanks largely to its suede leather upper. Its waterproof liner is the company’s very own Danner Dry. It also comes with an extra pair of laces at no extra cost.
- Protecting the foot against impacts and bumpy rocks is the boot’s EVA midsole. It is lightweight with a decent amount of flexibility.
- Right underneath the midsole is the Danner Jadical. It is a proprietary outsole designed for multi-surface traction.
The Skyridge is a 4.5-inch, over-the-ankle hiker for men that runs fairly true to size. Built on the DPDX last, the boot sports a low profile but with a roomy enough interior for comfort. It is offered in D – standard width and listed in a good number of half and full sizes. Its classic lacing system provides lockdown security as well as a personalized fit.
Danner’s Jadical outsole grants users traction not only on outdoor trails but also over urban surfaces, thanks to its low-profile triangular lugs. Its forefoot and heel zones have ample grooves to assist wearers during ascents and descents.
The boot has a sturdy toe bumper thanks to the rubber outsole’s forefoot extension. A similar extension is also found at the heel and arch zones to further reinforce and protect the sole unit.
Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) is what the Skyridge’s midsole is made of, and that which grants this component its stress, abrasion, and water resistance. These basic qualities make the midsole cushy and protective at the same time.
Contributing to the boot’s comfort level is the Ortholite footbed. It is made of open-cell polyurethane for breathability and heat dispersion.
The Danner Skyridge houses the foot in a part suede, part cotton ripstop upper. This combination of materials makes the upper both comfortable and adequately sturdy. Its interior is engineered with Danner Dry—a technology that gives the boot a level of water protection. The fairly straightforward lace-up closure of the boot features synthetic laces and a combination of regular eyelets and open hooks.
Both the Skyridge from Danner and the Moab 2 Mid Waterproof from Merrell are designed to deliver comfort and performance for day hikers. They are equipped by their respective manufacturers with various technologies that will help you tackle demanding environments. Shown below are several attributes that set these two products apart.
Upper. The Merrell Moab 2 Mid Waterproof for men and women features an upper made of suede leather and mesh fabric. A trademarked M Select Dry membrane is embedded into this component to prevent water from passing through. It is also engineered to allow excess moisture and heat to pass through, imbuing the footgear with breathability. Moreover, a rubber cap is found on the forefoot zone for durability and trail protection. On the other hand, the Danner Skyridge suede leather and ripstop upper uses a sleeker design than Merrell’s offering.
Midsole. Merrell’s Moab 2 Mid Waterproof combines an EVA midsole with the brand’s Air Cushion technology in the heel section. These components grant a cushioned ride and absorb shock from varied terrain. A molded nylon shank is integrated into the midsole for rigidity and structure. It also comes with an M Select Fit.Eco insole to render added cushioning and underfoot support. Meanwhile, the Danner Skyridge offers a more flexible ride using its EVA midsole and Ortholite footbed.
Outsole. The men’s and women’s Moab 2 Mid Waterproof is equipped with a Vibram TC5+ rubber outsole. It sports 5mm-deep lugs to help users traverse virtually all types of terrain. The component is also designed to be durable and resistant to abrasions. The Danner Skyridge’s rubber outsole, on the other hand, employs low-profile triangular lugs to deliver grip.
Price. The Danner Skyridge is more expensive than the Merrell Moab 2 Mid Waterproof.
Weight. The men’s Merrell Moab 2 Mid Waterproof has a weight of 506g while its women’s variant weighs 452g. The Danner Skyridge, which is only available to male hikers, is slightly lighter at 496g.