Why We Chose The Haglöfs Rugged Flex: lightweight, superb breathability, comfortable
Every year we test out a new pair of Danner boots and every year that pair will be lighter than the pair we tested the previous year. There was the hefty Danner Mountain Light which weighed in at 1190g for a pair Then there was the Mountain 600 which was 1050g. Then we had last year’s Danner Trail 2650s, which were by no means heavy at 793g for a pair.
Now these have come along, weighing just 538g. Super light.
Who Is The Danner Trailcomber For?
While the Danner Trail 2650s were very much a boot for long distance hiking, these new Trailcombers are a bit more casual; they’re basically made for very light trails. You’re not going to want to go and scramble up a rocky Snowdonia mountain in them, nor are you going to want to cross any damp moors in the Peak District in them. But for hot hikes along dusty tracks when your main priorities are ventilation, a bit of grip and comfort underfoot, these’ll be well up to the task.
Design and Materials
The knitted upper on the Trailcomber is made from a lightweight variation of Cordura’s tough, abrasion resistant nylon with a few PU overlays to bring structure. The result is something very breathable and ventilating; basically as close as a walking shoe can get to the breathability of a sandal.
As was the case with the previous Trail 2650 for Danner, there’s a removable ortholite PU footbed and an EVA foam midsole underfoot for shock absorption and comfort over hard surfaces. What doesn’t seem present this time, however, is the tough shank that added a tiny bit of stiffness to the sole of that previous model.