Verdict from 3 experts and 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • According to some Danner loyalists, they were very eager to get another pair of the Radical 452 as they were in love with its comfortable feel.
  • It's a hiking boot with effective waterproofing, as observed by several users.
  • It fits great, based on numerous consumer reviews.
  • The traction of the Danner Radical 452 was appreciated by a handful.
  • Plenty of hikers liked the supportive build of this hiking boot.
  • A couple of male owners appreciated the roomy forefoot of the Radical 452.
  • The majority indicated that it runs true to size.
  • A big portion of online buyers were surprised with its minimal break-in time.

2 reasons not to buy

  • An expert and a considerable number of wearers were dismayed with its heavy weight.
  • A lot of owners were utterly frustrated with the flimsy sole of the Radical 452 from Danner. They noted that after a couple of months, it was already worn out.

Bottom line

The Danner men's Radical 452 GTX outdoor boot was complimented for its satisfactory comfort and supportive build. However, huge disappointments were caused by its easily damaged sole. Overall, it may be said that comfort is the prime selling point of the Danner Radical 452. Its reported short-lived sole might keep prospective buyers away though.

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Good to know

  • The Radical 452 is designed as a light yet tough hiking boot ready for adventures. Its nubuck-and-nylon upper is lined with a Gore-Tex laminate to amplify trail protection. Auxiliary features include a scuff-proof toe cap, lace-up closure, and heel pull loop.
  • This Danner hiking boot sports the Terra Force Platform. It is a lightweight support system underfoot which includes an internal and external shank, insole board, and a midsole. An EVA footbed enhances comfort.
  • The Radical 452 carries the brand’s very own Boulder TF outsole. It provides grip on most types of terrain.

The Danner men’s Radical 452 GTX outdoor boot is offered in whole and half sizes. It also comes in standard (D) and wide (EE) widths. It is shaped using the 850 last which grants a true-to-size fit and a roomy toe box. The traditional lacing system of this footgear permits customization of fit.

This mid-cut day hiking boot is equipped with the Danner Boulder TF outsole. The central lugs are designed to deliver multi-directional grip regardless of the type of terrain. The conventional boots on the side of the sole offer stability on bumpy grounds.

The Danner men’s Radical 452 GTX outdoor boot features the Terra Force Platform. It includes a cushioned midsole which gives underfoot comfort and absorbs ground impact. Underneath the midsole is an external shank for lateral and medial stability; on top of it is an internal TPU shank for arch support. On the other hand, an insole board helps stabilize each ride, and a removable EVA footbed promotes comfort.

The Danner Radical 452 upper is made of a combination of nubuck leather and 1000 denier nylon. The former reinforces the areas that are more prone to wear while giving it a velvety finish. The latter renders a decent amount of flexibility and protection against outdoor elements. Also, an abrasion-resistant toe cap is added; it serves as a shield from rocks and other obstacles.

For a breathable and waterproof in-shoe feel, the brand’s designers lined it with a Gore-Tex laminate. It prevents water intrusion while allowing heat and moisture inside to escape.

It employs metal eyelets and hooks for fit management. A lace keeper helps maintains the upright position of the tongue while the pull tab at the back assists in on and off.


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