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Danner Mountain 600 Review – Explore Beyond The Familiar

Product: Danner Mountain 600

Danner Mountain 600My Rating: 5/5

Best Place To Buy: Amazon

The Danner Mountain 600 is a hiking boot that has become very popular in the hiking industry for the last few years. It was even nominated in the Outdoor Awards in 2017. This boot is described by Danner as ‘explore beyond the familiar’.

This is an indication from Danner Boots that, this boot is capable of dealing with all sorts of terrain and weather condition. This boot is designed with a lot of high quality materials that makes the boot suited for hiking or even mountaineering.

The features include Suede Upper, Danner Dry, Vibram® SPE Midsole, Vibram® Fuga Outsole and OrthoLite. Below I have gone in-depth into each of the features on why I think this Danner Mountain 600 is a world-class boot for hiking especially in the weekend.

Material Used

The material used to make the Danner Mountain 600 is suede upper. According to Danner, ‘these uppers are made from rich, thick and durable suede.’

This gives the boot a nice soft feel when you touch it. Also, the way the suede leather is designed makes the boot flexible to even bend. Some people may look at this boot and think that the leather makes the boot look old. But in reality, it’s exactly the opposite.

The suede upper with the old fashion eyelets, sticky outsole and a very soft midsole makes the boot look like late 60s mountaineering boots. And it’s great to see such material designed in such an old aesthetic way.

Waterproof And Breathable

The way the waterproof is made is kind of different from boots like Asolo Fugitive GTX or Vasque Monolith. The materials used are two different types. The first one is the Danner Dry. As you can tell from the name this lining material is made by Danner itself. It’s 100% waterproof and it keeps moisture out of the boot. This helps keep your feet dry and comfortable all day long. This way you don’t get sores or bruises on your feet.

Inside the boot there is a smooth and soft material. Again, it adds more comfort and cushioning to feet as you hike. The big advantage with this smooth and soft material is how big it is in size. This allows you to wear different hiking socks such as low-ankle socks or smartwool PHD outdoor light crew.

Lacing Structure

One of the key features that stands out from the boot is the lacing structure. I’m going to break the lacing structure into different parts to make it easy for you to understand its effectiveness.

The first part of the lacing system is the ten D-ring eyelets. These eyelets are at the front part of the boot. Five on each side. These D-ring are made in an old fashion which makes it very nice and it’s free-flowing to lace with. This is going to give you a lot of space to pass the laces through the boot at a very quick pace.

Next to the ankle section of the boot, there are four lacing hooks. Two on both sides. Again, these are old fashion and it kind of make the whole lacing eyelets look like late 60s mountaineering boots. These lacing hooks are going to give you a nice grip when you are tighting your laces up. Or even loosing them up.

At the middle of the tongue, there is a piece of shock cord to hold the laces down and make it look organized. This way the laces doesn’t loosen up whiles you are hiking on the trails.

Furthermore, these eyelets are hardware made, which is going to make it last very long. On top of that, the eyelets is going to take some time for it to break down. These old fashion D-ring blends and the lacing hooks at the top of the boot blends perfectly with the leather and gives it a classic look.

Toe Box

The toe box is quite different from normal hiking boots that tends to have hard rubberized toe box like Lowa Tibet GTX. The Danner Mountain 600 has a toe box that is made with the same sticky material like the outsole. It’s flexible and it is going to give you good protection when you hit your toes against a rock or stone.

The Outsole, Midsole, and Insole

Now lets take a closer look at the outsole, midsole and insole. The outsole of the boot is made of Vibram Fuga. This is high quality material and it’s durable as well.

The lugs underneath the boot are shaped in a triangle and all of them are put together independently. There are many benefits to this style of lugs. Firstly, they are self-adapting lugs which means they are going to provide good grip on either wet or dry surfaces.

This is because the outsole is very sticky and it’s going to stitch to the surface you are hiking on like glue. Therefore, I must warn you that you shouldn’t try to walk with this boot on the carpet or fluffy surfaces. This is because you are going to fall due to sticky of the outsole. Secondly, it’s going to give you a lot of traction either you are climbing or going down a steep hill. This way you don’t lose your balance easily.

The midsole is made of EVA which is very soft. This really blends with the sticky outsole and the whole leather. The midsole is going to give you comfort, cushioning, support and enhance your rebound on the trails. This way your feet doesn’t get tired easily. In addition to that, the midsole is durable and it’s not going to break down easily.

And lastly, it’s the insole. The insole is made of ortholite pad. This is going to give you nice comfort when you put your feet inside of the boot. Moreover, the ortholite pad is removable which gives you the chance to take it out and put different footbed of your choice.

The outsole, midsole and insole are beautifully made and they all work perfectly together to give you cushioning and comfort whiles you hike on the trails or if you are doing mounteering.

Colour Selection

Sometimes I love to see different colours options when buying a hiking boot. And Danner Mountain 600 happens to Danner Mountain 600 blackbe one of the boots that have varieties of colours to choose from. I’m sure you will like their colours available to choose from. They have got black, brown, dark brown, grey, walnut/green and sandy colour.

The great thing about having these colours option to select from, is how you can choose one of them that matches with your clothes. This can up lift your spirit and confident when you are hiking with matching clothes and boots. So make sure to take a look at each of the colour boot and select your favourite one.

My favourite colour of the boot is the black and that’s the image of it. I would love you guys to comment below and tell me what your favourite colours for this boot. I’m curious to see what you guys say below.

Height and Gusseted Tongue

The height of the boot is 4.5 and it’s lightweight. This makes it perfect to use for other activities like walking to the park with your dog. Or even wearing them like normal shoes.

There is a gusseted tongue which you will find it very useful. It will protect water from entering the boot up to the level of the tongue. This guarantee you that your feet wouldn’t get wet when you step into a pond for an example.

Fit and Size

The only drawback I could think about this boot is the fit and size. This boot is very lightweight and flexible. You can order the boot size to fit you tight like trainers or running shoes. Or you can order it to be a little bigger just to give you some room when you are hiking with it.

But my advice to you is to try this boot on for a couple minutes and see how it feels like. This will give you a clearer understanding as to what size to buy. This way you don’t waste your money buying the wrong size. But the good thing about the size is being able to wear with different hiking socks.

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Conclusion

As we come to the conclusion about the Danner Mountain 600. It very obvious that there is a lot to like about this boot and in my opinion is a world-class boot. Everything that Danner has invested in making this boot shows the quality of the boot and how good it performs.

The suede leather makes the boot durable and at the same time flexible to wear. The Vibram outsole is very different from normal hiking boots due to the stickiness of it. It’s very creative from Danner because it is going to give you good balance and stability on the terrains. Furthermore, the outsole is capable of adapting to different surfaces like wet or dry conditions.

The lacing structure is well-constructed which is going to help you tigh your laces the way you want and at the same time keep it organized. And the midsole, kind of act like the meat between the sandwich. It makes the boot look very classic and gives it a lot of cushioning and support.

Like I said earlier, make sure to try this boot on before you buy it or order it. You really want to get a feel of how the boot will fit your feet and how comfortable it is to hike with it.

I hope you have really enjoyed reading this post on Danner Mountain 600 review. If you have any questions or thoughts on the Danner Mountain 600 review, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below. I will reply as soon as I can!

And as always have a fantastic and wonderful hiking trip. ????

 

Kuu

16 Comments

  1. Kuu, thank you for providing such an outstanding review on these hiking boots. It is rare for me to read a review that addresses all of the questions that I was wondering about. 

    I was worrying about how heavy they were, since heavy boots can tire you out more quickly. You answered that.  

    I was wondering whether they would be comfortable enough to wear in town for walks at the park. You answered that. Even though I was looking into boots for a male family member, these sound great. 

    I think they are also attractive hiking boots. I am wondering do they have ladies versions of these boots? Because I will love to have one. Thanks in advance.   

    • Hello Sondra,

      It’s a great pleasure to hear that you really enjoyed reading this post. And I am glad to hear that I have answered most of your questions.

      Indeed, this boot is lightweight which makes it very cool to use for walking to the park or doing other activities. Yes they do have ladies version as well. Please check it out here.

      The ladies version has similar features like the men and I know you will like it. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.

      Kuu

  2. Hi Kuu, I have not experience hiking or traveling to high pick of mountain. But I need a boot which will be longer lasting and comfortable. I found your article which is useful with informative post about Danner Mountain 600. 

    Black color looks good and I likes the feature of the outsole which is capable of adapting to different surfaces like wet or dry conditions. Thanks for sharing this product review.

    • Hello Mzakapon,

      I think you have find the right boot. Danner Mountain 600 has all the characteristic that you need. I’m sure you will love wearing it.

      Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.

      Kuu

  3. Hi – thanks for sharing this in-depth review. I have been searching for some new hiking boots for my boyfriend, and I think these would really fit the bill. 

    I actually like the walnut/green colourway – it’s stylish enough just to wear out and about, not just for walking on the trails. 

    I will take your suggestion, and make sure he tries them on first, as he needs to make sure his thick socks will fit in. 

    All the best, 

    Diane

    • Hello Diane,

      It’s great to see that you like the walnut/green. I agree with you, it look very nice and stylish.

      I’m sure your boyfriend will like it. It is very important to let him try the boot on first so that he can find the right size. This way he doesn’t waste his money.

      Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.

      Kuu

  4. Hi Kuu,

    Thank you for this review. The Danner Mountain 600 boots seem like they are very high quality and I would definitely consider buying these. 

    I like how you explained about all the different features in detail, it made me feel more reassured about these boots. What would you say is the most important feature of a boot? I’m curious to hear your answer. Thanks in advance. 

    • Hey Celeste,

      It’s great to see you again on my website. It’s a pleasure to hear that you liked the thorough content.

      All the features of the boot is important however, I like the outsole because of it’s sticky surface. This makes it very different from other hiking boots and it give you good grip on any surface you step in.

      I hope you find this answer very interesting. What about you, what do you like about this boot? I will be glad to hear your answer.

      Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.

      Kuu

  5. I have a lot of things do for leisure. Hiking is one of them. I think the Danner mountain 600 hiking boots will be my choice when I start hiking. It has an all weather use, wet, cold or hot because it is waterproof and breathable.

    The fact that there are several designs means its not stereotyped to a particular design. I also happen to like boots that are suede normally. Definitely a great review.

    • Hello Edwin,

      It’s nice to hear from another hiker. Yes, Danner Mountain 600 is perfect in any condition you choose to hike in.

      Yeah, I agree with you. Having varieties of colours to choose from makes it special because it can blend with your hiking clothing. It also attract a lot of customers to the boot as well.

      Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.

      Kuu

  6. Hello Kuu –  I went back to your entries on your site and on through to the December issue. You have progressed nicely in areas such as layout and content.  

    Your passion for your chosen field is obvious throughout your writing and very welcoming to a visitor to your site. 

    While your site is all about hiking boots it may be too much about the boots. Perhaps some information as to best trails, health benefits of hiking, short hiking story or even a joke or anecdote about hikers. 

    Your enthusiasm or your product leads me to believe that you have this kind of information; if not in your head then close by.

    If you have some fun writing your followers will also have fun reading and may visit more often. I think you’ve done a lot of the hard work. It’s time now to share your joy of exploration.

    Best Wishes – Mike

    • Hello Mike,

      Thanks for the compliment. I really appreciate it. Thanks for these recommendations on how I can improve my website. I will be adding such contents and my hiking experiences in the future.

      I even wrote one post about my trip to Malvern Hills with Scarpa Hiking Boot. I’m sure you will find it interesting.

      Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.

      Kuu

  7. Good afternoon Kuu,

    Thank you for this detailed post on the Danner Mountain 600 Boots.

    I must say these boots look nice. Waterproof is very important as one can never be sure if the good weather conditions will hold over the day. To get sores or blisters on your feet will definitely ruin your hicking trip.

    It is good to hear the toe box is made so well as my toes are rather sensitive due to a small accident. 

    I think I would like the walnut/green color as it blends nicely with nature. These boots will be the perfect birthday gift.

    Regards,

    Taetske

    • Good afternoon Taetske,

      Nice to meet you. I’m glad to hear that you really liked the thorough content. No doubt about it. Waterproof and breathability are all key features to have when going for a hike.

      And Danner did a great job with this hiking boot. It will keep your feet 100% dry and still make it breathable.

      Lovely to hear that you like the walnut/green. Yes it will. Maybe you should threat yourself good on your birthday by buying this boot. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.

      Kuu

  8. Ugh! I’m finding some great boots here that don’t deliver to me! I am female, but that shape of my foot doesn’t really fit well in women’s shoes, so I tend to get things like athletic shoes and hiking boots in the men’s department.

    I love this boot, and you totally sold me on the review, but they don’t deliver to the U.S. I’ll have to see if I can find an equivalent. Great review.

    • Hello Kelli,

      No need to worry. If you order it from Amazon, they will deliver it to you. Furthermore, they also have ladies version as well. It will be good if you could check it out here.

      I hope these answers help you. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.

      Kuu

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