Here in the UK, Danner may not be the most recognisable name in the world of boots, but there’s good reason why our cousins across the Atlantic hold these purveyors of outdoor footwear in high regard. Danner have been making boots that can stand up to the climbs of the Pacific Northwest since 1932, and in the 85 years between stitching those first bits of leather and today, they’ve learnt a thing or two. They’ve even featured heavily in a major motion picture, being worn by Reese Witherspoon in her portrayal of Cheryl Strayed in Wild.
Today, Danner are masters of making workwear-style boots that are ideal for a life outdoors, but that also look good enough to wear off the hill as well.
“With high spec hiking boots that look as good as the Explorer 650s in their arsenal, it’s easy to see why the Danner name is rapidly becoming as big here as it is in their native USA.”
Weighing in at just over 450g per shoe, The Explorers are a lightweight hiking boot, but don’t let that slender mass fool you into thinking they don’t cut the mustard when the going gets tough.
The boot is protected with a 100 per cent waterproof barrier, which keeps external moisture away from your feet, meaning greater comfort for longer and ultimately more time out and about. This smart waterproof technology also allows internal moisture to escape away from your foot which, at risk of overstating it, makes for a less stinky tent when you take your boots off after a long day walking in them.