Who should buy Danner Instigator

Danner's Instigator hiking boot is a great value for money for users who:

  • Will go on day hikes
  • Want ample ankle support from a mid-cut boot

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Multi-functional outsole

The Approach TFX outsole has parts responsible for braking during descents, improving acceleration and side-hill traction.  The boot’s outsole incorporates beveled lugs to prevent debris from building up.

Danner Instigator outsole

Stabilizing platform

The Instigator uses Danner’s lightweight Terra Force X Platform as its sole unit. Its midfoot portion has an external molded shank for medial and lateral stability. This component also improves the user's maneuverability and serves as protection from overwork and fatigue of the arch.

Danner Instigator tfx

Flexible cushioning

This lightweight hiker uses a midsole made of EVA, or ethylene-vinyl acetate, to give cushioning and flexibility to the foot. EVA midsoles are known to be durable and lightweight, making them suitable for hikers.

Danner Instigator cushioning

An internal shank made of thermoplastic urethane, or TPU, is another component of the Instigator’s midsole. It is resilient and built to maintain torsional rigidity (meaning, it's hard to twist). With this TPU shank, sufficient arch support is supplied to the user to lessen foot fatigue. It also works with the X-frame to promote heel-to-toe energy transfer. An EVA footbed is included to supply additional cushioning.

Danner Instigator shank

Upper with durable materials

The Danner Instigator’s upper is crafted from full-grain leather and nubuck. This combination is responsible for the upper’s durability. Its defense against water is made possible by Gore-Tex. This liner hinders water from entering the boot while allowing moisture from the inside to escape, so breathability is not compromised.

Danner Instigator durable upper

Forefoot protection

In its forefoot section, a scuff-proof toe cap can be found. This upper component is resistant against abrasions. It prevents rocks and other obstacles from damaging the boot. It also shields the hiker from stubbing his/her toes.

Danner Instigator toe protection

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 751g
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Danner

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