Who should buy the Danner Crater Rim

One of Danner's award-winning hiking boots, the Crater Rim is proudly handcrafted to embolden backpackers to go further. This gem is for you if:

  • You need backpacking boots that can keep your feet dry in heavy rains and deeper streams.
  • Hikers that can withstand scratchier hazards (think briers and gnarly roots) are what you need.
  • Traversing muddy slopes is part of your pack adventures.
  • You want an all-American pair that overflows with comfort minus the long break-in period.

Danner Crater Rim A1

Who should NOT buy it

If you prefer to go light on your next backpacking trip, trade the Crater Rim (822 g per kick) for the La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX, which weighs roughly 480 g per boot. And if you're worried about the featured boot's lack of breathability, check out the Danner Light instead.

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The Crater Rim's day-one comfort

Experienced adventurers say that the Danner Crater Rim, despite its tough-looking shell, is surprisingly comfortable. And the most satisfying part: this comfiness requires virtually zero break-in time.

Danner Crater Rim C

The Superman of backpacking boots

Numerous hikers, including a handful of soldiers deployed to conflict zones, testify to the ultra toughness of this pair. They find the boot's abrasion-resistant upper and full randing exceptionally durable.

Danner Crater Rim D

Danner Crater Rim equals exceptional grip

The Crater Rim's Vibram outsole is remarkably grippy, scores of reviewers say. Its aggressive lugs and high heel brake deliver extra control on slippery descents. Moreover, it comes with a climbing zone at the forefoot, which provides enhanced traction on mini boulders. 

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Formidable in the rain

Dozens of trail-goers are super-impressed with the boot's water protection. They say that its Gore-Tex bootie and gusseted tongue work together magnificently to keep all manners of wet elements fenced out.

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The Crater Rim's hulking weight

There are those who are rather disappointed with the Danner Crater Rim's hefty weight. Their disappointment is not without basis, too, as the boot in question weighs a whopping 822 g per piece! In other words, the featured shoe is 131 g heavier than the average weight of backpacking boots, which is 691 g.

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Stable through and through

The stability of the Crater Rim on rugged terrain is simply outstanding, professional bloggers say. These folks didn't lose their balance across rocky inclines and root-filled bogs.

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One-of-a-kind investment

Regular hikers and experts alike say that the Crater Rim's remarkable capabilities far outweigh its demanding asking price. 

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Not for summer use

Experts and backpackers find this trekking boot from Danner poorly ventilated.

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One of Danner's achievers

The Crater Rim hiking boot bagged Outside Magazine's 2012 Gear of the Year Award.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: 822g
Use: Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal, Wide / Normal
BRAND Brand: Danner

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Author
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.