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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
danner mountain 600 for women hiking boots review
Credit: Danner
Price:  $210 List
Manufacturer:   Danner
By Jane Jackson ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 28, 2022
54
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SCORE


RANKED
#18 of 18
  • Comfort - 25% 5.0
  • Support - 25% 4.0
  • Traction - 15% 6.0
  • Water Resistance - 15% 7.0
  • Weight - 10% 4.0
  • Durability - 10% 8.0

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 the comparison of our top-ranked women's hiking boots but are perhaps a better option as 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, casual hikes, or for simply looking woodsy around town, the Danner Mountain 600 is a great option.
REASONS TO BUY
Stylish
Well-made
Durable
Water resistant
REASONS TO AVOID
Lacked support
Lacked breathability
Not ideal for slick conditions
Editor's Note: This product review was updated on October 28, 2022, to share info comparing different boot models.

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Pros Stylish, well-made, durable, water resistantLightweight, comfortable, breathable, great traction, reasonable priceWide toe box, lightweight, padded ankle support, durable lacing system provides stability, excellent tractionSupreme comfort, high quality design, waterproof, excellent tractionImproved traction, great for a wide foot, inexpensive, well-padded ankle
Cons Lacked support, lacked breathability, not ideal for slick conditionsNot as supportive as a traditional leather hiking bootPricier, 0mm drop heel takes some adjustment timeExpensive, Gore-Tex does not breathe well in hot conditions, thicker sole takes some adjustmentLacing system lacks durability, not enough ankle support for heavier loads, Achilles isn't well padded, heavy
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-hikerA lightweight, breathable, waterproof, and supportive hiking boot that excelled in multiple testing metrics and offers maximum control when moving through technical terrainThese hiking boots have a similar design and feel to your favorite running shoe while also offering a durable outsole, grippy lugs, and a spacious toe boxPlush cushion, waterproof durability, and a stable design make these hikers a great choice for extended backcountry missionsThese boots offer improved traction and comfort right out of the box, though they underperform in terms of durability and support for extended backpacking trips
Rating Categories Danner Mountain 600... La Sportiva Ultra R... Altra Lone Peak ALL... Hoka Kaha 2 GTX - A... Merrell Moab 3 Mid WP
Comfort (25%)
5.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
Support (25%)
4.0
8.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
Traction (15%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Water Resistance (15%)
7.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Weight (10%)
4.0
8.0
9.0
4.0
5.0
Durability (10%)
8.0
8.0
5.0
8.0
6.0
Specs Danner Mountain 600... La Sportiva Ultra R... Altra Lone Peak ALL... Hoka Kaha 2 GTX - A... Merrell Moab 3 Mid WP
Weight (per pair) 2.10 lbs (size 7.5) 1.68 lbs (size EU 40) 1.60 lbs (size 8.5) 2.20 lbs (size 8) 2.06 lbs (size 8)
Upper Suede leather AirMesh, microfiber, TPU eVent fabric Nubuck leather Leather, mesh
Width Options Regular Regular, Wide Regular Regular Regular, Wide
Water Resistant Membrane Danner Dry Gore-Tex eVent Gore-Tex Waterproof membrane
Heel Height 1.5" 1.8" 1" 2.5" 2"
Shaft Height 5" 5" 5.5" 5" 4.9"
Midsole EVA MEMlex Altra EGO Rubberized EVA Super Rebound Compound
Sole Vibram Fuga FriXion XF 2.0 Rubber DuraTread Rubber Vibram Megagrip rubber Vibram TC5+

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


danner mountain 600 for women hiking boots review - though we had a few technical issues with the danner mountain 600...
Though we had a few technical issues with the Danner Mountain 600, we did love the way they looked!
Credit: Eric Bissell

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 to be a comfortable hiking boot that was 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. 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.

danner mountain 600 for women hiking boots review - here, we attempted to tighten the mountain 600 up enough to reduce...
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.
Credit: Eric Bissell

Support


The Danner Mountain 600 did not wow us in the support category. 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.

danner mountain 600 for women hiking boots review - the mountain 600 did not provide enough support underfoot for long...
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.
Credit: Eric Bissell

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

danner mountain 600 for women hiking boots review - making our way through the muck in the danners - these boots are...
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.
Credit: Eric Bissell

Traction


Made with the popular Vibram MegaGrip sole, the Danner Mountain 600 are grippy on rock, but performed poorly when hiking through more challenging 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.

danner mountain 600 for women hiking boots review - the vibram soles are sticky, but the lug pattern on these boots is...
The Vibram soles are sticky, but the lug pattern on these boots is minimal - making them slippery in the muddy conditions shown above.
Credit: Eric Bissell

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.

danner mountain 600 for women hiking boots review - the danners did a decent job keeping our feet dry in the moderately...
The Danners did a decent job keeping our feet dry in the moderately wet conditions shown above.
Credit: Eric Bissell

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.

Durability


As a 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.

danner mountain 600 for women hiking boots review - the eyelets, laces, and heavy-duty vibram soles contribute to the...
The eyelets, laces, and heavy-duty Vibram soles contribute to the overall durability of the Mountain 600.
Credit: Eric Bissell


Should You Buy the Danner Mountain 600?


For those seeking a classically stylish leather hiking boot, the Danner Mountain 600 is an attractive option. The boots are durable and, for the most part, waterproof. They're a good option for a light-duty work boot, too. The Vibram soles are fairly sticky, but the overall tread pattern did not provide a ton of traction on mud or scree. If you frequently find yourself on technical trails, a different boot will suit you better.

What Other Hiking Boots Should You Consider?


For a similar aesthetic at a much more affordable price, the Columbia Newton Ridge Plus is a worthy option, especially for folks who just need a boot for occasional jaunts in the woods. If you expect to be venturing into more challenging terrain, we'd point you to a burlier boot like the La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX or our favorite model, the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX.

Jane Jackson
 
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