Who should buy the Danner Free
A throwback piece engineered with modern tech, the Danner Free Spirit is the city-to-trail kick you never knew you needed. Buy it if:
- You want something dressy and hike-worthy at the same time.
- The trails you adventure on get hot and humid often.
- Collecting urban hiking boots, particularly the waterproof sort, is your thing.
- You wish to walk on clouds where sharp rocks are everywhere.
Who should not buy it
For $20 less, the waterproof Danner Jag is a great alternative to the pricey Free Spirit. Also, you're better off sporting the Altra Lone Peak Hiker if you prefer boots with a roomier toe box.
Mighty comfy from the get-go
"Like warm pillows" and "excellent out of the box" are how professional gear testers find the Danner Free Spirit in terms of comfort. One of them attributes this plushness to the shoe's dual-density midsole, while another links it to the hiker's lined combination upper.
The Free Spirit's lizard-like grip
Adventurers and experts "found the perfect hiking boot" in Free Spirit, especially in the area of surface traction. It's "at home on rock and hard surfaces," including -washed streets. it also does extremely well on loose rock and dirt.
Your mini bulldozer
Gated behind a high paywall
With its initial asking price of $200, the featured Danner hiking boot is not for the thrifty. Case in point, it's $40 more expensive than the average cost of day hiking boots.
Danner Free Spirit: Freedom from sweaty feet
Critics and experienced hikers find the Danner Free Spirit surprisingly breathable. "So far, my feet haven’t ," says a vlogger who admits that his feet sweat easily. He tested the shoe at work (indoors) for about eight hours straight, running errands and doing lots of walking around, yet his feet remained nice and fresh.
An expert is super-impressed with the Free Spirit’s plush midsole. "I'm not feeling them as far as the rocks go," is how he refers to the whole poke-free experience.
Channels that '80s vibe
"It is retro indeed," says one of the professional reviewers who adore the Free Spirit's old-school design. They assure hikers, though, that beneath its dashing looks lies a
Not so freeing around the toe box
There are those who say that the Danner Free Spirit is restrictive around the forefoot. It's one of them said.