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Danner Mountain 600 - Women's Review

This is a classic leather boot designed with durability and water resistance in mind, but might make a better work boot than technical trail-hiker.
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Price:  $180 List | $179.95 at REI
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Pros:  Stylish, well-made, durable, water resistant
Cons:  Lacked support, lacked breathability, not ideal for slick conditions
Manufacturer:   Danner
By Jane Jackson ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 10, 2019
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  • Comfort - 25% 6
  • Support - 20% 6
  • Weight - 15% 4
  • Traction - 15% 6
  • Water Resistance - 15% 7
  • Durability - 10% 8

Our Verdict

Inspired by the work boots of days past, these simple, durable contenders are a stylish but heavy-duty option. The Danner Mountain 600 are an all-leather boot with a Vibram sole, metal eyelets, and a large, padded tongue. They run a bit large and are best for a higher-volume foot. The leather upper, treated with a water-resistant coating, proved to be fairly successful in keeping our feet dry in wet conditions. Overall, these boots did well in our metric comparisons, but are perhaps a better option for a work boot than a hiking boot due to their weight, size, and lack of breathability. As a boot to wear for yard work, trail work, hikes, or for simply looking woodsy around town, the Danner Mountain 600 is a great option.


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Pros Stylish, well-made, durable, water resistantGood traction, very comfortable, ankle padding, waterproofVery water resistant, durable, incredibly lightweight, sleek designLightweight, comfortable, break in easily, supportiveComfortable, stable, incredibly well-padded, low weight
Cons Lacked support, lacked breathability, not ideal for slick conditionsRuns big, excess padding in tongueProblematic fitMinimalist design could result in durability issues, fairly costlyLack breathability, large sole, short collar
Bottom Line This is a classic leather boot designed with durability and water resistance in mind, but might make a better work boot than technical trail-hiker.It's difficult to find any short-comings in this fantastic product, which even comes at a fair price.This boot is designed for mountainous, technical terrain where lightweight and durable footwear is key.A lightweight, high-performance boot that excels on everything from long, technical trails to short jaunts.These boots are some of the most comfortable and supportive models we have tested, making them our Top Pick for Comfort.
Rating Categories Danner Mountain 600 - Women's X Ultra Mid 3 GTX Alpenrose Ultra Mid GTX Breeze LT GTX Sky Toa
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Specs Danner Mountain... X Ultra Mid 3 GTX Alpenrose Ultra... Breeze LT GTX Sky Toa
Boot Type Lightweight/Midweight hiker Midweight hiker Lightweight/Midweight hiker Lightweight hiker Lightweight hiker
Weight Per Pair (Size 7.5, in lbs) 2.10 lbs 1.83 lbs 1.47 lbs 1.38 lbs 1.64 lbs
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Upper Suede leather Suede leather, nylon Breathable mesh/ coated fabric Microfiber mesh Synthetic
Heel height (mm) 38 mm 32 mm 32 mm 29 mm 45 mm
Shaft height (mm) 127 mm 121 mm 127 mm 114 mm 102 mm
Midsole EVA Dual-density EVA EVA Dual-density EVA Rangi
Sole Vibram Fuga Contagrip rubber Michelin rubber Vibram MegaGrip Vibram MegaGrip

Our Analysis and Test Results

We had a few issues with the overall comfort of the Danner Mountain 600. In other metrics, like durability, the boot did well against its competitors.

Performance Comparison


Though we had a few technical issues with the Danner Mountain 600  we did love the way they looked!
Though we had a few technical issues with the Danner Mountain 600, we did love the way they looked!

Comfort


These all leather boots may look like a throwback, but underneath the aesthetic are all the features of a modern-day hiking boot. In general, we found these boots to be comfortable and quick to break in. The lacing system and tongue are bulky, though, and we had a hard time tightening the boots down enough to reduce movement of the foot. This is a warning to those with a low-volume foot, as it could be hard to get the Danners tight enough to be comfortable for long periods of time. Our lead tester has a very wide foot and ended up getting a hot spot in the toe box after a few hours in these boots in the initial days of testing. We felt like this was related to both the all-leather upper, which lacked breathability, and the difficulties we had tightening the boot. The toe box can be a source of pain for those with wide feet in any boot.

Here  we attempted to tighten the Mountain 600 up enough to reduce movement in the toe box. This left us with some long laces to get out of the way.
Here, we attempted to tighten the Mountain 600 up enough to reduce movement in the toe box. This left us with some long laces to get out of the way.

Support


In terms of support, the Danner Mountain 600 did not wow us. Though the boots have a Vibram SPE midsole and a Vibram Fuga Outsole, we still felt pain underfoot after a few hours of hiking in these boots from lack of support. The boots did not seem to provide very much torsional rigidity, which added to the discomfort that we felt underfoot after a few hours on the trail.

The Mountain 600 did not provide enough support underfoot for long days on the trail. Though they appear burly  the boots are actually quite a bit more soft and flexible than you'd expect at first glance.
The Mountain 600 did not provide enough support underfoot for long days on the trail. Though they appear burly, the boots are actually quite a bit more soft and flexible than you'd expect at first glance.

In terms of ankle support, the Danner has a low-profile ankle that also allows for lots of flexibility. With a measured shaft height of 127 mm, the Danner Mountain 600s provide very little ankle stability.

Weight


The Mountain 600 weighs 2 pounds 1.6 ounces in a size 7.5. This places them among the lowest-ranked boots in terms of weight in this review. The design of this boot, with its thick leather upper and dense rubber in the outsole, makes it feel heavier than its actual weight. Similarly, boots with mesh uppers of comparable weights can feel much lighter, perhaps due to the weight distribution of the materials on the boot, with the lighter materials on the top of the foot and heavier ones at the bottom. And then there are boots that don't just feel lighter; theyare plain lighter.

Traction


Made with the popular Vibram MegaGrip sole, the Danner Mountain 600 are grippy on rock, but performed poorly in mud and wet conditions. We had trouble with the Danner boots' ability to hold traction on wet, muddy hills. Danner's tread pattern doesn't provide a ton of grip on this type of terrain. In wet conditions, even the stickiest Vibram soles won't dig in.

The Vibram soles are sticky  but the lug pattern on these boots is minimal - making them slippery in the muddy conditions shown above.
The Vibram soles are sticky, but the lug pattern on these boots is minimal - making them slippery in the muddy conditions shown above.

Water Resistance


Danner uses a waterproof coating, Danner Dry, to ensure these leather boots keep water out. For the most part, we found this to be true in mildly wet conditions. Puddles, light rain, or a missed rock on a creek crossing, and the boots shed water with ease. Full submersion or prolonged exposure to water did cause a bit of dampness to leak in. This is something that we have found to be common among most boots that claim to be waterproof.

The Danners did a decent job keeping our feet dry in the moderately wet conditions shown above.
The Danners did a decent job keeping our feet dry in the moderately wet conditions shown above.

Durability


For a boot company that has been making boots since 1932, Danner knows how to make footwear that is made to last. The Mountain 600 seems to be no exception. The leather uppers, heavy-duty eyelets, and Vibram soles make for a reliable, all-around shoe. Though they are simple in design, these boots should last a long time if used in moderately rugged situations.

The eyelets  laces  and heavy-duty Vibram soles contribute to the overall durability of the Mountain 600.
The eyelets, laces, and heavy-duty Vibram soles contribute to the overall durability of the Mountain 600.


Value


The Danner Mountain 600 is a bit of an investment. This is on the upper end of the average price range of boots in this category; usually pairs range from $150 to $180 on average. Though they cost a fair amount, these boots are undeniably built to last, so in that way, they are a good investment. They are not the most versatile boot in the fleet, though, and they may not be the best option for hot weather or long distances, due to their lack of breathability and their weight.

Making our way through the muck in the Danners - these boots are great for getting dirty in the yard or looking rugged on the street.
Making our way through the muck in the Danners - these boots are great for getting dirty in the yard or looking rugged on the street.

Conclusion


The Danner Mountain 600 is a stylish and classic leather hiking boot. These boots seemed to run a little big, and thus we had a few issues with comfort and fit. These may be the type of boot that is best to try on in the store to ensure the correct sizing before buying them. That aside, we found many of the other features of the Mountain 600 to be impressive. The boots are durable and, for the most part, waterproof. The Vibram soles are fairly sticky, but the overall tread pattern did not provide a ton of traction on mud or scree. These boots are a good option for a work boot that also doubles as a hiking boot. If technical trails are what you seek, a different boot might be a better option.


Jane Jackson