Last May I walked the 300-mile Cambrian Way, a wilderness route that runs the length of Wales from Cardiff in the south to Conwy in the north. I walked the entire journey in Danner Mountain 600 boots.
I’d put a lot of thought into what I would be wearing on my feet before the trek. I wanted something that would be lightweight and nimble but that could also offer protection through the many miles of bog that I could expect on the high moorland. In essence I wanted some of the features of a trail shoe and some of the features of a walking boot.
After searching around, I came across Danner, a U.S. brand that was founded in Wisconsin in the midst of the Great Depression. Over the decades they’ve been making boots for a wide range of activities and professions. The Danner Mountain 600 is their latest offering that’s designed specifically for hiking. With their light weight of just 1,050g a pair, their sturdy look and high enough ankle, I thought they’d be perfect for my walk through Wales.
“They were immediately comfortable and felt sturdy but also very lightweight. The sole felt as flexible as the kind you’d find on a trail running shoe. For the first 10 days of walking I was very happy with my decision to wear them.”