Who should buy the Danner Crag Rat USA

The Danner Crag Rat is a shining example of a boot done right thanks to its magnificent collection of positives. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking boot that offers protection and support on extra-rugged trails.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that offers water protection.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that provides adequate grip over tricky terrain.

Danner Crag Rat USA logo

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  • The Crag Rat USA from Danner is designed for hardcore hikers who frequent extra-rugged trails. It features the brand-owned technology Dynamic Response System which renders the boot protective, supportive, and, as its name suggests, responsive.

Danner Crag Rat USA feature

  • A Gore-Tex membrane is imbued within the footgear’s liner for waterproofing. For adequate grip over tricky terrain, on the other hand, the boot is engineered with a hardwearing outsole from Vibram.

Size and fit

Danner’s Crag Rat USA, which according to the brand runs true to size, is a high-cut day hiking gear for men. It is offered in widths D – standard and 2E – wide. It comes in full and half sizes. It is built on Danner’s 851 last, making its interior snug at the heel yet spacious around the toe box. This last type also makes the footwear fit adequately supportive. A secure and personalized lockdown can be achieved via the gear’s front closure.

Danner Crag Rat USA sizes

Improved sticking power over slick and soft-soiled surfaces

Giving users enough surface traction in the Crag Rat USA is the Vibram Tsavo outsole. It comes built with a sizable number of lugs to improve its sticking power over slick and soft-soiled surfaces. It is also engineered with a hooked heel to enhance the user’s maneuverability on descents.

Danner Crag Rat USA outsole

Excellent arch support

The Danner Crag Rat USA’s stabilizing and cushioning capabilities come from its heavy-duty midsole made of polyurethane (PU). It is built with two subcomponents: a polypropylene board and a TPU shank. Both implements enhance the supportiveness of the boot, although the latter bolsters the footgear’s arch support specifically.

Danner Crag Rat USA arch support

Comfortable and supportive footbed

This cushy platform is topped with a three-layered, multi-density footbed from Ortholite for extra comfort and support underfoot. It is entirely made of open-cell PU.

Danner Crag Rat USA insole

Watertight and breathable

Full-grain leather virtually makes up the entirety of the Crag Rat USA’s high-top upper. The Gore-Tex laminate lining comes engineered with leaves the footwear amply watertight and breathable. For abrasion protection, its lower region is fully wrapped with a rubber rand. It is also capable of keeping debris out thanks to its seam-sealed tongue (a.k.a gusseted tongue).

Danner Crag Rat USA upper

Danner Crag Rat USA's lacing system

Slightly giving the leather boot a metallic sheen is its metallic eyelets. They are comprised of four pairs of D-rings and three pairs of open hooks. Its stout lace is made up of synthetic cords.

Danner Crag Rat USA lacing system

Additional Info

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 836g
Use: Backpacking, Day Hiking
Cut: High cut
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal, Wide / Normal
BRAND Brand: Danner

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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.