Before you jump on the Caprine Low bandwagon

Danner Caprine Low Upper

In our opinion, there is no greater feeling than being 100% certain about which hiking footwear to get. Now it is our desire to make things easier for you—whether or not the Caprine Low is a keeper—by presenting the following:

What it brings to the table:

  • By lacking a liner, its mostly knit upper lets in fresh air as if you are wearing nothing.

         Danner Caprine Low Mouth opening

  • The Caprine Low’s promise of freshness continues with the shoe’s Ortholite footbed, which is engineered to mitigate sweat and keep odor at bay.

         Danner Caprine Low Insole

  • Its lightness should not be mistaken for wobbliness, particularly underfoot. Yes, a blend of springiness and stability is synonymous with the Caprine Low, and you can thank the footgear’s shanked midsole for that.

         Danner Caprine Low Midsole

  • The shoe’s lugs are not very aggressive, which give hikers sufficient multi-surface adhesion.

         Danner Caprine Low Outsole

A few caveats:

  • Its liner-free fabric shell, while appealing in the summer months, might not be rigid or supportive enough for more demanding hikes.
  • The shoe’s low-profile lugs can be problematic where mud and rocky terrain are concerned.

Danner Caprine Low Laces

Additional info

  • If you need something more protective with a mid-cut collar to boot, try the Danner Caprine instead.

Danner Caprine Low Front upper

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 340g / Women 298g
Base model: Danner Caprine
Use: Day Hiking, Urban hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Danner

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