We liked the low cut version of this boot by Danner enough to include it in our list of the best 100 products of outdoor gear for 2019 (go check out our Outdoor100). It was the all-round comfort that impressed us most, plus the grip was great as well. And this new mid cut option isn’t much different. Nothing’s changed really, they’ve just made it slightly higher at the ankle… as you might have guessed.
That extra height, in my opinion, makes a big difference when you’re hiking in the UK though. There’s not much point in wearing low cut waterproof trail shoes if you’re going over the muddy and wet terrain normally found in our hills as any water will inevitably work its way in at the ankle and sit there all day. So, with that in mind, you either want something with a waterproof membrane and a high enough ankle, or you could take the hardcore approach and wear non-waterproof trail shoes with good drainage.
Sitting just on the ankle bone, the height that Danner have gone for with this mid cut puts it in some kind of limbo between a walking boot and shoe, and I like that. It’s not so high that it’s constricting and heavy like you’re typical walking boots and it’s not so low that you’ve got to tip-toe around the shallowest of puddles or constantly stop to empty out grit that’s managed to find its way in.
The cut is still too low for boggy, off-track walking, but for summer trails I’d say it’s great. A few years ago, I put a lot of thought into what footwear to choose when I hiked the 300-mile Cambrian Way, a wild trail along Wales’s mountainous spine. I wanted a boot that was waterproof and high enough to keep out shallow puddles and dirt but that was also lightweight and nimble, and it was Danner’s other option, the Mountain 600, that I settled on. If this, the Trail 2560 Mid, was available at the time I reckon I would’ve gone for it. Similarly, I’d choose it if I was going on a summer hike along the West Highland Way, or any of our national trails barring the really boggy and wild ones (like the Pennine Way).