Danner Mountain Light II

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Take yourself to the precipice of adventure in the Danner Mountain Light II boot. Made in the USA, this sturdy men's utility boot has a waterproof full grain leather and 1000-Denier, breathable nylon upper to give you optimum performance. The 100% waterproof GORE-TEX lining offers protection from the elements. A supportive Airthotic footbed delivers cushioned comfort. Padding in the collar protects and cushions your ankles, as the synthetic midsole and fiberglass shank provide stability. The Danner Mountain Light II hunting boot is finished with a Vibram 148 Kletterlift rubber outsole for superior traction over rugged terrain.


  • Danner's hand crafted stitchdown construction provides a wider platform for increased stability underfoot. This construction makes the boot recraftable in our Portland factory
  • Nylon linings wick moisture away from feet for all-day comfort

Support and Cushioning:

  • Airthotic® half-length molded polyurethane insteps cup the heels and fiberglass shanks support the arches
  • EVA midsoles absorb shock, cushion feet and provide gentle support

Weather and Wind:

  • Gore-Tex® waterproof liners let feet breathe while protecting them from the elements, keeping them dry and comfortable
  • 100% waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX liner is engineered to keep your feet dry and comfortable - even in extreme conditions

Traction and Grip:

  • Vibram Kletterlift outsole is specifically designed for comfort and durability. The heel provides lightweight comfort as well as superb shock absorption. The compound guarantees great traction and stability on both wet and dry surfaces


  • Full-grain, 1-piece leather uppers offer a classic look and amazing durability


  • Made in the USA


  • Walking heel
  • The Danner Mountain Light II GTX hiking boots are 5 in. tall
  • National Geographic 2011 Gear of the Year Winner
  • Recraftable z
  • Men’s 62 oz
  • Round toe
  • 5" height
FEATURES of the Danner Men's Mountain Light II Boot.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Danner Men's Mountain Light II Boot.


The USA- made Mountain Light II Hiking Boots by Danner are legendary for their unmatched quality, durability, and support. They are equipped with plenty of features to promote your hiking experience such as the waterproof construction, GORE-TEX liner, and Airthotic PU instep. The Vibram Kletterlift outsole provides lightweight comfort as well as superb shock absorption and guarantees great traction and stability on both wet and dry surfaces. Danner's famous stitchdown construction provides a wider platform for stability while the lace-to-toe system provides a secure fit.

With the technology and durability of the Mountain Light™ II from Danner®, you'll be taking on any mountain with ease.
Full-grain, one-piece leather upper offers a classic look with superior waterproof protection and durability.
100% waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® liner is engineered to keep your feet dry and comfortable in extreme conditions.
provides a wider platform for increased stability underfoot.
Danner® Airthotic® a half-length, molded polyurethane instep that cups the heel and supports the arch area of the foot for all day comfort.
Vibram® Kletterlift outsole is specifically designed for comfort and durability.
Made in the U.S.A.

The Danner Mountain Light® II GTX hiking boots have reached legendary status thanks to their unmatched quality, comfort and durability.

Made in USA.

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Average footwear weight (pair):3 lbs. 14 oz.
Danner fit tip:regular width boots feature a narrow toe box
Footwear closure:Lace-up
Footwear height:Over-the-ankle
Heel Type:Walking
Lining:Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane/nylon
Outsole:Vibram rubber
Shaft:5 in
Support:Molded polyurethane/fiberglass shank
Technology Features:Waterproof
Toe Type:Round
Upper:Full-grain leather
Upper Material:Leather
Weight:62 oz
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Danner Mountain Light II Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Supportive, all-leather, and recraftable

These are amazingly comfortable, supportive, and hard-wearing boots. That being said, I'm always wary of boot reviews, since everyone's foot is different. Some folks might like these boots, and others might not. So, to make this review helpful, I'll focus on what makes these boots stand out compared to others.

First, it's a classic full-grain-leather, stitch-down, Norwegian-welt backpacking boot, with minimal stitching. What this means is that it's extremely durable. Also, the boots can be resoled and even recrafted when they eventually wear out (ie, the leather can be re-polished and re-tooled, the midsole or liner replaced as needed, etc.) by sending them to the Danner factory in Portland, Oregon. What this means is that these boots will last a long, long time.

Second, for that kind of all-leather construction, these Danners are actually pretty lightweight. Of course, they're nowhere near as light as boots with synthetic or mesh uppers. But I, for one, was tired of shelling out good money to buy new boots every year, only to have them fall apart after 300 miles or so. For me, the durability and quality of the Danners more than make up for the small weight penalty. Again, that's a matter of opinion, and your mileage may very...

I personally also like the fairly low cut of the boot; in my opinion, ultra-high ankles aren't needed on anything short of mountaineering boots. The three-quarter height of these boots work for me. Also, I like that there's no "Achilles notch" at the back of the ankle. I like the secure feel it provides, and the leather becomes supple enough after break-in that you don't even notice it. Again, those kinds of details are things on which individuals may differ.

Of course, what this all-leather handmade construction means is that these boots need some break-in time. Take them to a city park or easy dirt trails for a few miles at first, gradually increasing the distance until they feel like a well-fitting glove. Then, you'll be ready to start backpacking.

In short, if you are looking for lightweight hiking shoes with no break-in time, these boots are not for you. But if you are looking for a long-term affair with a quality product that is handmade in the Pacific Northwest by people who will stand by it when issues come up, these boots deserve a look.
Deschutes at REI on 10/10/2013

lasting quality

I was glad to see these quality boots on the REI website.
These boots are not for the casual dayhiker, but come into their own on backpaking trips or challenging trails and weather.
As a convert to leather hiking boots, I was frustrated by other brands where the sole is glued to the leather; after many hikes in wet Northwest weather, I found my boots coming a apart at the sole just when the leather was perfectly broken in.
An important design advantage to these boots is the sole is sewn to the uppers. I'm on my second pair now, and my first lasted a decade-other boots lasted me 3-4 years. Also, pay attention to the tounge on these boots, which keeps your toes from jamming into your boots even on long, steep downhill trails with a heavey pack on your back.
If you are considering these boots, I suggest trying them on in the store to be more certain the fit is right for your feet and the weight will work for you. Also be aware that a break-in period and routine application of leather conditioner is essential.
My feet have been protected over many happy miles with my mountain lights, and I wish you the same.
hiking member at REI on 11/11/2013

Remarkable Boot

I use this boot for day hikes, snowshoeing, and street use. They're so rugged and comfortable, that I also plan on using them for hunting this fall.

The construction is bombproof, and the traditional design is quite handsome. While they're heavier than many newer style hiking boots, the weight isn't noticeable on all but the longest hikes.

The only way you're going to get a better boot than this is to go semi-custom with something like a Limmer. These are as good as off the peg gets, and frankly a bargain. Made in Portland, OR to boot.

Water resistance is great, tongue is well designed, but will leak first. Breathability seems about as good as a waterproof leather boot (even Gore-Tex) is going to get. My sole criticism, is that I can't get the upper portion tighter around my ankle, which is either simply a fit and flex issue or perhaps could have been alleviated by the addition of another row of speed-lace hooks.
Hazen Pingree at REI on 03/03/2013
I've had these boots for several years now and still going strong. They are almost ready for a re-sole now after being worn nearly every day. The only "complaint" I have is that they are very stiff when new so I wore them every other day for a couple of weeks before they had conformed to my feet. After that they provided good protection from sticks, rocks etc. while hiking. The build is superior and it seems like the uppers will last forever. I rate comfort as good, getting better with use, as they aren't tennis shoes. They offer great protection from the elements though. They are totally waterproof, even standing in shallow water. I would recommend these boots to anyone wanting high quality of build and materials that will last a long time. I liked them enough to buy them for my sons.
Randy F - customer at Zappos.com on 02/14/2014

Heritage and timeless favorites

I had a pair of Danners that I got rid of years ago and have missed them ever since so finally this year I took the plunge and bought these to reclaim the durability and heritage of a a true hiking boot. There is no concession to the latest fashion or technology, only the time proven design and materials that makes this boot a fantastic choice. Putting them on was as if I never took them off. Yes, they are heavy and require breaking in but that's fine with me. They are sturdy, stable and very well made. They will support your heaviest load while also serving you well for a long day hike. I think they're great.
PabloA2 at REI on 01/01/2014

made in usa, good with a pack animal

I have been hiking in my danner mtn lights for over 25 years. most of my hiking is with a pack burro, a blm wild burro adoption. these boots, being all leather offer great protection in case her hoof meets my hoof. also, being a veteran and a patriot I appreciate buying items made in the u.s.a. I've had my danners recrafted once and have hundreds of Arizona trail miles in them. I keep 'em in great condition with huberds boot grease, and old school product now made in sunny Arizona! tom, rei member
arizonadeserttom at REI on 01/01/2014

Great Boots

I just recently went back to Danners. I wore them in the military and switched to non-leather style hiking boots when I got out. After 8 years I finally decided to bite the bullet and go back to leather boots. These are a great pair of boots. Because they're leather you should expect more weight and a much longer break-in, but once broken in they're great. I recently wore them for work hiking around the woods in Alaska (10 to 35 degrees F). Warm, dry and comfortable. Good traction.
Hojo2x at REI on 01/01/2014

The Real Deal

I agree with the other reviewer that having a glue soled hiking shoe come apart is unforgivable, and it happened to me 30 miles from a change - and those where "top quality", expensive hiking boots. These Danners are rock solid, and for me that is far and away the number one consideration. I bought them a 1/2 size big and use a bottom liner. They may be a little heavy, but the stability and protection is the pay-off. Gorgeous boots.
Alltone at REI on 01/01/2014
After the painful break in process, these boots should hold up for many years. Don't expect to be able to wear these on a regular basis until you've broken them in. It took me a month and some very bad blisters on my Achilles heel. Comfort rating based on post break-in.
Jason - customer at Zappos.com on 01/19/2014

Good Value

Nice good old fashion leather & vibram Hiking Boots
Arminius66 at REI on 09/09/2013

Negative Reviews:

Boots Cut my Ankle

I really wanted to like these, having worn Danner's almost exclusively in the military. Unfortunately, during the break-in period, I discovered that the upper, rear ankle support portion of the boot was cutting into my ankle above the achilles... The boot just wasn't cut down enough in the rear... Had to return them...

Additionally, the left boot seemed to have a small flaw/bump in the insole, that would become uncomfortable on the bottom of my foot after a 1/2 mile of walking... Inserts seemed to transmit this flaw/bump and didn't help...
bgold76 at REI on 10/10/2013
These are the best looking and most uncomfortable boots that I have ever owned, the design looks great but the folded leather on top of your foot is so uncomfortable that they are unwearable.
Anonymous - customer at Zappos.com on 01/09/2014