Danner Mountain Light II hiking boots are a good choice for people who want to day hike or go on short backpacking trips. They cover most common terrains effortlessly and provide a versatility and quality that is somewhat reflected in the price. Since the these boots are a classic design and leather, they are not as techy and light as some other modern designs. However, they are reasonably light and comfortable. They provide the essential features such as foot protection, a gusseted tongue, and a nice lacing system. Being all one piece leather they are waterproof and breathable.
Initially, these boots have an old school, rugged appearance and impress that they are on the heavy side for hiking. Taking them on the trail, they seem to excel in many areas. They are a rare versatile boot option that works equally well for day hiking or backpacking trips. Despite seeming heavy in appearance, they come in at 62 oz for the mid size option and are surprisingly light on the feet.
The Mountain Light II’s have all the features of a well built, comfortable hiking boot with ample protection around the toe and heel, a gusseted tongue that fit snugly against the top of the foot and keep debris out, and a practical lacing system that is robust and easy to use. They boots provide stability when walking without being overly rigid. The soles have very good traction and prevent slipping on rugged terrain or loose rocks.
The molded polyurethane instep on these Danner boots embrace the heel and support the foot arch. The stability is noted when tracking loose terrain. The outsole uses the common rubber material called Vibram for shock absorption and traction. On both wet and dry surfaces, the sole is stable and grippy.
On first site, these boots may cause you to think that they are too rugged, or overbuilt, or possibly excessively heavy for day hiking, but when wearing them out on the trail, they are surprisingly versatile. Being light on the feet makes them a great option for short treks and longer backpacking trips.
While these made in USA boots have many feature strengths, most notably the leather is comfortable and breaks in quickly so there is no risk of having blisters providing you select the right size.