Summary

We spent 5.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Many among those who bought the Skyridge hailed it as an exceedingly comfortable boot.
  • This day hiking footgear was given praises by a multitude of reviewers for its true-to-size fit.
  • Quite a number of owners raved about the Danner Skyridge’s stylish construction.
  • Numerous users were stumped to discover its amazing lightness.
  • Some hikers were able to break in this boot quickly.
  • Based on several consumer reviews, the Skyridge had an exceptionally grippy outsole.
  • This Danner boot is a highly recommendable product in terms of waterproofing, according to a very few.
  • A fraction of those who reviewed the Danner Skyridge came away more than impressed with its versatility.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A lone user down-voted the boot for its blister-causing stiffness.
  • Its narrow confines was criticized by a verified Skyridge purchaser.

Bottom line

Right out of the box, it is rather plain to see that Danner’s engineers put special emphasis on style in their creation of the Skyridge. And yet, the boot goes beyond aesthetics in that it also encapsulates quality comfort in a true-to-size product, minus the break-in period. It is a bit concerning, however, that—amidst the excellence surrounding the boot—it was considered stiff enough to cause blisters. Overall, there is much to love about the Skyridge that makes its few offenses very forgivable.

Facts

Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Price: $150
Features: Lightweight
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Weight: Men: 17.5oz
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Brand: Danner
Material: Leather, Suede
Colorways: Black, Brown, Grey
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated hiking boot
A top rated Danner hiking boot
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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. 

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Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.

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