Verdict from 3 experts and 23 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • A good deal of amazed gear testers testified to the lightness of this hiking shoe.
  • Its impressive grip was lauded by a considerable number of hikers.
  • Some owners praised how the Mountain 600 Low protected their foot from getting soaked during wet encounters.
  • An expert reviewer was surprised with its flexibility despite its sturdy build.
  • The comfort delivered by Danner Mountain 600 Low was highly commended by the majority.
  • Plenty of pleased online buyers commented how easy it was to break-in.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Several wearers were disappointed with the inadequate arch support from the stock insole.
  • A few dismayed users stated that the Mountain 600 Low from Danner made their feet sweat a lot during their hikes.
  • The minority disliked the squeaking sound from this low-cut hiking shoe.
  • Heel slippage was a YouTuber's greatest complaint regarding the pair.

Bottom line

The gratifying features of the Danner Mountain 600 Low include comfort, lightness, and flexibility. It was also complimented for its effective waterproofing and grippy sole. On the other hand, its underperforming arch support and breathability were criticized. Overall, the Danner Mountain 600 Low is a good pair of hiking shoes perhaps best used in cool weather conditions. Those interested must be willing to use it with an aftermarket insole.

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Good to know

  • A Performance Heritage shoe, the Mountain 600 Low is able to withstand the rugged Pacific Northwest in a lightweight package that's coupled with a classic look. Its upper is crafted with minimal seams and is lined with the proprietary Danner Dry membrane to maximize its trail performance.
  • Its resilient Vibram SPE midsole provides cushioning and durability without the added weight. It works with an Ortholite footbed to enhance comfort and a nylon shank for support.
  • Underfoot is a Vibram Fuga outsole that has self-adapting lugs and flex lines. The former takes care of the traction while the latter helps improve each stride.

The Mountain 600 Low caters to male and female adventurers. It is offered in standard width for men and women. There is a wide boot option for men. This hiking shoe is shaped using the DPDX last which grants a roomier fit. Danner recommends getting a half size smaller as this pair runs a bit large.

This low-cut day hiking shoe has a Vibram Fuga outsole infused with the Megagrip compound. Its profile includes flex lines which promote the natural rolling motion of the foot. The aggressive, self-adaptive lugs, on the other hand, provides multidirectional traction.

This day hiking shoe features the Vibram Specialized Performance Elastomer (SPE), a rubberized EVA midsole which yields lightweight cushioning and underfoot flexibility. It also has a nylon shank to render firmness and support.

Sitting atop the Vibram SPE midsole is an Ortholite footbed. This removable material is made of an open-cell PU which renders comfort and promotes air circulation inside the shoe. The visible TPU frame at the heel enhances support.

The upper of the Danner Mountain 600 Low comes in two versions. Its suede variant caters to men and women while the full-grain version is only available for men. Both styles feature the Danner Dry technology, a waterproof membrane which promotes breathability by allowing moisture inside to escape while preventing water intrusion.

It uses metal D-rings to facilitate quicker closure. Running along the exterior of the tongue (instep) is a pair of straps (lace keeper) where laces cross. This design helps maintain the alignment of the tongue.


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Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.