You may instantly recognise these walking boots as being the same as those worn by Reese Witherspoon in the 2014 film ‘WILD’. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, WILD is an adaptation of a book by Cheryl Strayed that recounts her eventful, against-all-odds hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). In one memorable scene in the film, that’s true to life, Strayed hurls one of her Danner boots off a mountainside out of frustration and pain from blisters. Luckily for Danner, the issue with the boots was simply that they were too small, and Strayed was sent a new correctly-sized pair to finish the PCT in.
The Danner Mountain Light is the modern relaunch/update of that boot, bringing a style that was first released over 30 years ago back onto the trail.
I was intrigued to know how such a classic style felt in comparison to the modern, technical designs that are available today. Will I, like Strayed, be hurtling my boots off a mountainside in a matter of weeks?
Danner Mountain Light: Design
The Mountain Light features a one-piece leather upper with minimal seams, metal lace-loops and eyelets, a chunky sole and those distinctive red laces. Although the style is somewhat retro, the design features modern comforts, the main example being its Gore-Tex waterproof membrane and PU footbed.
“In terms of traction, I’ve had no problems on wet-rock or slippery ground and the lugs seemed to shed mud quite well.”