Why We Chose The Danner Trail 2650 Trail Shoe: Comfortable, stylish, lightweight, versatile.
With more and more brands cottoning on to people’s desire for products that merge practicality and style, you could definitely say that the outdoors is having a moment in the spotlight right now. Inspired by the 2,650 miles that make up the Pacific Crest Trail, the Trail 2650 from Danner is one such item that appears to epitomise this all-encompassing idea. It’s functional, durable, comfortable and, by heck, it looks great as well; giving off an extremely ‘cool high street trainer meets big adventure trail shoe’ vibe. We like it. We like it a lot.
The Trail 2650 is very comfortable. This is, in part, due to the shoe’s EXO Heel System, which is that big black bump you can see on the heel in the pictures. This delivers a secure fit without encroaching too much on the back of your foot. What’s more, Danner’s development of a new last with a wider forefoot and 8mm drop to the sole brings good stability to the fold.
“These things are proper all-rounders. As at home in country pubs and remote hilltops, as they are on the high street.”
Underlining the general comfort of the Trail 2650 shoe is the removable ortholite footbed and EVA midsole. With three layers of varying density underfoot, including an EVA foam, this provides optimum support and cushioning without weighing you down too much either.
Any discussion of this shoe needs to include a segment on the Vibram 460 outsole. Thanks to Vibram’s popular Megagrip compound and the shoe’s specially designed lugs, the Trail 2650 give long-wearing resilience and dependable grip whether the ground’s dry or wet.