Danner Mountain Light II Review

Danner Mountain Light II Product: Danner Mountain Light II

My Rating: 4.8/5

Best Place To Buy: Amazon

In my last review, I discussed the Danner Mountain Light and how it is one of the best hiking boots in the markets for men. However, in today’s review, I will discuss the second version of the Danner Mountain and it’s called the Danner Mountain Light II.

This second version is similar to the first one with a lot of similar features. But there are different features that make the Danner Mountain Light II stands out from the first version. Also, I will discuss one of the big topics about this boot and it’s the price. The number one question that everyone asks about this boat is; it’s the price worth it. With that being said, let get into the review.

Material Used

The Danner Mountain Light II is made of full-grain leather uppers. Using full-grain leather allows the boot to last for a very long time. This could mean using it for a decade. However, this can only happen when you take good care of the leather. One of the best ways I will advise you to take care of the material is to use the Danner Boot Dressing. This will help maintain the boot for a very long time.

Another reason why using full-grain leather for this boot is how it prevents the boots from cracking or revealing any natural imperfections on the boots. This way the boot last very long and it’s very comfortable when wearing it.

Waterproof And Breathable

One thing I personally like about this boot is how it is 100% waterproof and breathable. The Danner Mountain Light II has got Gore-Tex Liner within the boot just like the first version. This means you are guaranteed that your feet will stay dry when you are hiking in a wet condition, mud or even pond.

In addition, the Gore-Tex Liner inside the boot allows sweat and moisture to get out quickly. This is such a wonderful feature to have because it prevents your feet from getting blisters or small wounds. Since you are not going to have a lot of sweat and moisture in your boot for a long period, you could hike with the boot for many hours.

In the Danner Mountain Light review I made previously, I highlighted the fact that the boot is excellent at dealing with snow and cold weather conditions. However, I did say that it wouldn’t be a good idea to hike with it in the snow because it can feel very heavy as you hike with it. This same advice applies to the Danner Mountain Light II because it is heavy as well.

Lacing Structure

The lacing structure of Danner Mountain Light II is the same as the Danner Mountain Light. The lacing structure is very simple to lace with and at the same time very effective.

Firstly, the Danner Mountain Light II has got five D-ring on each side of the boot. The sizes of each D-ring is about 25mm in size. These sizes are bigger than normal lacing holes and it’s very helpful to have. This is because you can put your laces through the holes with ease and tight the knot.

And secondly, there are four lacing hooks at the top of the boot next to the tongue. Again, these hooks are a bit bigger than normal lacing hooks in a hiking boot. Nonetheless, these hooks are the finishing touch to the lacing structure. The reason being is that it allows you to tighten the laces the way you like it to be tight. Or you could tighten the laces to the point of the tongue or not.

When it comes to lacing structure between Danner Mountain Light II and the Danner Mountain Light. There are two main differences.

The Danner Mountain Light II normally comes in two laces. If you buy the black version, then you will use the black laces. But if you buy the dark brown version, then you will use the green laces. The Danner Mountain Light on the other hand normally uses the golden and brown laces.

The second difference is how the lacing hooks look. The Danner Mountain Light II appears darker in terms of appearance. Whiles the Danner Mountain Light has a silver looking appearance and shiny.

Colour Selection

One big advantage that Danner Mountain Light II has over Danner Mountain Light is the choice of colours available you can choose from.

With the Danner Mountain Light II, there are two colours available. The first one comes in dark brown with green laces. And the second one comes in black colour with black laces. If you are someone who fancies colours when it comes to hiking boots, then you will enjoy wearing the Danner Mountain Light II.

Toe Box

There is nothing fancy about the toe box. The full-grain leather has already covered the whole of the toe box making it unseparated. This way it stops you from getting any serious injury if you were to hit your feet against a solid rock.

The Outsole, Midsole, and Insole

When it comes to the outsole, midsole, and insole they are perfectly made just like the Danner Mountain Light. Except for the insole which is made a little different. Nevertheless, all three parts are brilliantly well-designed.

Firstly, the outsole of the boot is made of Vibram Kletterlift. Vibram is the leading company at designing quality outsoles for footwear. So seeing Danner Hiking Boots Company use Vibram as their outsole tells you that they mean business. The Vibram Kletterlift is specifically designed to give you comfort as you hike with the boot.

On top of that, it’s durable which means the outsole takes time before it worn out. Even if they wore out, you can get it re-crafted either at their store or a good shoe marker.

The heel section of the outsole gives you good shock absorption and the rubber compound gives you good traction and stability as you hike on the hills or mountains. Not only that, but it also supports you as you hike on wet and dry surfaces.

With the outsole, there are small dots which are called carrarmato lugs. Again, these carramato lugs give you extra grip and traction as you hike on a steep hill and tricky surfaces like scree.

And lastly, there are angled lugs underneath the outsole. These angled lugs are self-cleaning and they are very good at cleaning things such as debris underneath your boots. Also, these angled lugs will give you good stability when you are hiking.

I’m not really sure what was used to make the midsole. But what I can say with certainty is that it’s well-designed and it can last with long.

The insole of the boot is made of danner airthotic. The danner airthotic is a half-length shape which is molded with polyurethane. It looks strange but it provides you with great ankle and heel support. This really makes your legs more comfortable as you hike with them.

Don’t get me wrong, some people don’t like the danner airthotic. They may find it a little uncomfortable wearing them so they would change the outsole and use a different one like Nike free run insole. I guess it comes down to personal preference.

Fit and Size

This boot comes in a wider or medium size. This means it’s likely to fit people who have wider or broader feet. Therefore, people who have such feet will enjoy wearing them.


The Danner Mountain Light II has a unique tongue. The tongue is attached to the ankle which gives you comfort and more warm as you hike. Furthermore, you can open the top of the tongue to allow air to flow inside your feet and it refreshes.


When it comes to re-craftable. It’s just like Danner Mountain Light whereby you can go and get it remade when some part of the boot has worn out or it’s destroyed. This can be done at Danner’s stores or ask a good shoe-maker to fix it.

Is The Boot Worth The Price???

Finally, we have come to the point that some of you have been waiting for. Is the boot worth the price? Let’s be honest and face the truth, the price of this boot is astronomical. I mean who on earth is willing to spend £400 – £500 on this boot. Looking at the features and analyzing them, we could say the boot deserve that price tag.

This is because it has strong leather material, Gore-Tex lining which provides waterproof and breathable, and Vibram Kletterlift outsole which gives you good absorption and support as you hike with them. Another key factor of this boot is how you can get it re-made if let say the outsole wore out. Therefore, it makes this boot last even longer.

On the other hand, this boot comes in wider or medium size. This means it’s likely to fit people who have wider or broader feet. Another, disadvantage of this boot is how heavy it can feel on your feet. It can be a pain when hiking with them.

So I guess, I’m even having a hard time to decide if this boot is worth the price or not. It will be nice if you guys can share your thoughts on this topic in the comment section. I will be looking forward to reading your comment below.

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As we come to the conclusion of this post about the Danner Mountain Light II review. It seems that this boot is well planned and designed to give hikers the best experience they want during their hiking trip. Ironically this boot is called light but it weighs heavy. Approximately this boot weighs 62 oz per pair according to Danner Hiking Boots. This boot is ideal for hiking in the mountains, hills or backpacking trips.

This boot has amazing features from strong leather material to Gore-Tex lining to the quality outsole, midsole, and insole. All these key features make the boot great to hike with them. On the other hand, the size and weight of the boot can be annoying wearing them.

Due to the heaviness of the boot. And the last thing that can put people off from buying this boot is the price. It will be great if Danner Hiking Boots and Amazon can reduce their prices.

I hope you have really enjoyed reading this post on Danner Mountain Light II review. If you have any questions or thoughts on the Danner Mountain Light II 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. 🙂




  1. Hey Kuu, your article was awesome. I like the product, it’s so hard to find a good boot to go hiking in that’ll keep you dry all times. And that includes when you’re travelling or hiking in rainy conditions which is something we all have to do at some point. 

    I got a question, are those boots good for residential areas as well like if you’re going to walk up to the school and get your child, are those boots child size? Anyway, your article was excellent and I’ll be on the lookout for more. Great job!

    • Hello R.J.,

      It’s great to hear that you like the boot. This boot can deal with all the weather conditions that you mentioned. This boot has the leather material and strength to deal with residential areas and it could be used for walking to pick or drop your children to school.

      There are no sizes for children. However, you can get sizes from US 7 to US 15. On top of that, you can choose how you want the boot to be designed in terms of sizes.

      For example, you can choose the boot to be designed in either medium width or wide. This way you get the right size that fit your feet perfectly. I hope you find these answers useful. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.


  2. Excellent review. As someone who loves hiking trails and has a network of friends who do so as well in the spring, summer, and fall. We’re always in need of high-quality boots. This article here provides a thorough review of the Danner Mountain Light II and there are several more options on this entire site. This overall appears to be a great product that I would recommend to any hiker. Thanks a lot Kuu. 

    • Hello Matthews,

      It’s wonderful to hear from another hiker who likes to hike in all seasons. I think your friends and you will really love wearing this hiking boot because it’s has all the features you need.

      Absolutely, this website is full of different hiking boots posts you can read. So make sure to give it a tour when you got time. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.


  3. I really like this hiking boot. And it seems it is particularly good for comfort. I think it is nice that it also has old models. With that being said I am quite new to hiking and I want to know if this pair of boots are good for beginners? You also said it lasts a long time however how long does it last? Can I expect it to last 2 years?

    • Hello Alaba,

      It’s great to see that you really like this hiking boots. Indeed this boot is very comfortable to wear and at the same time durable.

      This boot are good for beginners as well. However, since you are new to hiking the Danner Mountain Light II can feel heavy on your feet if you are not used to hiking for long distances.

      Therefore I will recommend lighter boots such as Vasque Monolith and Salomon X Ultra Mid GTX Men’s Hiking Boots. These boots are not very heavy on your feet and it will give you more speed as you hike.

      This boot is durable and it’s one of the key components of it. If you take good care of the boot by using the Danner Boot Dressing it will last very long. It could even last for a decade. That’s how good they are. I hope you find these answers useful. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.


  4. You are right in saying that the price is a bit high. As a hiker and someone who spends a lot of time outside a good boot is important. Something that is also very important is being light weight. Some days I am on my feet for 14 hours a day. One other thing is carbon fiber toe protection. These are all important needs for myself. This is a great review but not the boot for me.

    • Hello Dale,

      It’s always great to hear from another hiker. It’s seems that you don’t enjoy this kind of boot based on your preference. However, I have some other boots that you may find it interesting.

      These may include Vasque Monolith, Lowa Tibet GTX and Salomon X Ultra Mid GTX Men’s Hiking Boots. These hiking boots are lightweight and at the same time has got good toe protection.

      I hope these boots meets your personal preference. And if you have anymore questions please feel free to give me a shout. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.


  5. This boot looks really good, thank you for such a great review. I usually don’t hike but I love how it looks. I would probably use it during the winter time here in New York. The details that you provide give a concise understanding of what we can get with this product. The price is fair for what we get; I appreciate the article 🙂 Having the winter around the corner, I will definitely bookmark!

    • Hello Victor,

      Lovely to hear that you like the Danner Mountain Light II. I’m sure during winter you will really enjoy wearing this hiking boot. It’s nice to hear your thoughts on the price because some people may find it expensive.

      But it seems that you agree with the price range which it’s great to hear. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.


  6. Hi Kuu, I love hiking and getting out among our natural environment and good footwear is paramount. I must admit the price of the Danner II initially struck me as being over the top, however, with your in depth review you have left me in no doubt that this is an exceptional product. These boots would definitely come into their own for a serious adventurer and for those who like to have quality long lasting comfort when hiking. 

    Great review thank you, Shane.

    • Hello Shane,

      It’s great and nice to meet another regular hiker. Who enjoys the beauty and wonders of nature. The Danner Mountain Light II is one of the expensive boots in the market however the features that it has is incredible.

      It could even last for a decade if only you take good care of it. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.


  7. Hello Kuu,

    Hope you are doing great?

    Thank you for this review on Danner Mountain Light II. I like the idea on how this boot is very strong to the extent that it will last for up to a decade (and very comfortable too) because of the full-grain leader that was used. 

    It has so many astonishing features… I love it. 🙂 I cannot wait to get one of these and try them on. Thanks for this in-depth review. 


    • Hey Beazzy,

      I’m doing terrific. And I hope you are doing well. It’s great to hear that you really enjoyed the Danner Mountain Light II review.

      This boot is one of the strongest hiking boots in the markets due to the leather used. This makes it very durable and it can last up to a decade if you take good care of it.

      Indeed, the Danner Mountain Light II has got amazing features from lacing structure to outsole, midsole and insole. I think you cannot ask for a better boot than this.

      I look forward to hearing you share your experience with this boot. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.


  8. There are many different kinds of hiking boots available. When shopping for hiking boots look for a pair that feels supportive without any tightness or rubbing anywhere on your foot especially around the heel. These hiking boots are waterproof, durable and comfortable. Great informative review. I have enjoyed reading this review. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hey Bushra,

      It’s nice to hear your thoughts on Danner Mountain Light II. This hiking boot are just awesome to hike with. And they have all the qualities you had outlined. You simply cannot ask for a better boot like this. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.


  9. I can’t imagine going hiking without something as these hiking boots. They really appear to be well built and rugged and that’s important hiking in the mountains.

    You wouldn’t have poor tires on your car, right? It’s the same with boots. They have to be made to withstand a lot. You sure wouldn’t want an inferior product that isn’t waterproof either.

    I’ll agree that the price is steep but you get what you pay for, right? For as long as they last, they’ll be worth it!

    • Hey Rob,

      You are 100% right. This boot is well built and is designed to give you the best possible experience as you hike with them. I’m really pleased and at the same time very interested in your view on the price of the boot. It’s very true about what you are saying that you get what you paid for.

      And Danner Mountain Light II surely delivers that because it could last for many years. As long as you take go care of it.

      On the other hand, it will be very nice if they could lower the price to give all people with different levels of income to purchase this boot. Thanks for your input Rob and for stopping here. And as always have a fantastic hiking trip.


  10. Hi Kuu

    Your review of this boot gives very compelling reasons for buying it in spite of the price, but I would agree that the weight is also a disadvantage. But its longevity is certainly a big plus.

    I assume that they do not make these boots for women – I think I would certainly have problems with the weight if they did. But I will certainly pass your review on to the men in my family who may be interested in such a hard-wearing boot.

    I assume that you have not yet tried this boot yourself?

    I think that any serious walker or hiker would do well to consider the purchase of these boots.

    Many thanks for a very helpful and informative post.


    • Hello Spurgeon,

      It’s nice to hear that you enjoyed reading the review. Indeed, the weight of the boot can make it a little annoying when hiking with them because it is very heavy.

      Surprisingly this boot comes in women version as well and the weight is similar. You can check it out at Danner Boots. I haven’t tried this boot yet and I am looking forward to trying them when I go for one of my hiking trip.

      Thanks for your input Spurgeon and for stopping here. And as always have a fantastic hiking trip.


  11. Great review! The price is indeed high. But I think it’s worth it.
    For a mountain hike lover, price won’t be an issue– it’s the durability, the style and comfort of the shoes is the most important.

    But I wonder, is Danner mountain light II available for women as well?

    Again, great and concised review!

    • Hey Mina,

      I’m very happy to hear that you liked the Danner Mountain Light II review. As a mountain lover I know you will surely love wearing it.

      This boot also comes in women’s version as well. You can check them at Danner Boots. I hope you like the ladies version as well. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.


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