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Danner Logger 917 GTX - Women's Review

A luxury waterproof boot that is great for style lovers but not as practical as we would like
Danner Logger 917 GTX - Women's
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Price:  $240 List | Check Price at REI
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Pros:  Excellent foot support, good traction, well-made
Cons:  Very expensive, stiff leather
Manufacturer:   Danner
By Sara Aranda ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 2, 2021
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  • Weather Protection - 30% 5
  • Comfort - 25% 5
  • Traction - 20% 8
  • Warmth - 15% 7
  • Style - 10% 9

Our Verdict

The Danner Logger 917 GTX is an interesting hybrid between hiking style and waterproof footwear. The quality of materials and make are notable, and the addition of a Vibram outsole packs a technical punch. The look is certainly iconic to the brand. Overall, there are some great characteristics, but there are also some key drawbacks. The leather shaft is so stiff that it is painful to walk in, let alone hike — though it will soften to some degree over time. Too, the tongue is only partially attached, meaning the flood height is much lower than the shaft. We feel that this model is best suited for flat, short commutes.

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Pros Excellent foot support, good traction, well-madeTall flexible shaft, comfortable, adjustable boot circumferenceWell made, excellent traction, high comfortGreat foot support, flexible rubber, sufficient tractionMid-height shaft, fashionable, substantial traction
Cons Very expensive, stiff leatherHigh cost, no insulationSomewhat bulky, expensive, can easily become too warmOily sheen out of the box, rubber changes color when wet, lack of insulationBasic foot support, no insulation
Bottom Line A luxury waterproof boot that is great for style lovers but not as practical as we would likeThe best of the best, this model is a high-quality, stylish boot with excellent weather protectionA technical hybrid boot that performs the best in winter conditions, this model is more than superb if you're in need of heavy-duty insulationIdeal for those working outside, this Alaskan boot was made to keep feet comfortable and dryA very straightforward, elegant boot that is highly affordable and good looking enough to go from the garden to the coffee shop
Rating Categories Danner Logger 917 GTX Hunter Original Bac... Muck Boot Arctic Sp... Xtratuf Legacy 15"... Kamik Heidi
Weather Protection (30%)
5.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
Comfort (25%)
5.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Traction (20%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Warmth (15%)
7.0
5.0
10.0
5.0
5.0
Style (10%)
9.0
8.0
6.0
4.0
9.0
Specs Danner Logger 917 GTX Hunter Original Bac... Muck Boot Arctic Sp... Xtratuf Legacy 15"... Kamik Heidi
Weight per Pair 1.80 lbs (size 7.5) 3.6 lbs (size 7) 3.0 lbs (size 8) 3.6 lbs (size 8) 2.7 lbs (size 8)
Flood Height (inches from bottom of sole to lowest point of shaft) 4.0 in 16 in 11.0 in 15 in 12 in
Mouth Circumference 9-10 in 14-19 in 13 in 14.75 in 13.75 in
Lining/Insulation GORE-TEX Knitted Nylon Fleece Lined Neoprene Nylon Nylon
Upper Material Full-grain leather Vulcanized Natural Rubber Rubber, Neoprene Triple-dipped latex neoprene Phthalate-free Synthetic Rubber
Outsole Material Vibram 917 with XS Trek Natural Rubber Rubber Non-Marking Chevron Rubber Synthetic Rubber Blend
Insole OrthoLite, removable insole Multilayered Sponge Insole Removeable EVA Insole Breathe-O-Prene Insole Removeable Kamik(R) Comfort Footbed
Unique Features Waterproof leather upper, laces Adjustable circumference bioDEWIX dry footbed (plant based anti-odor & antimicrobial), insulated for "-40F to 40F", fleece lined Chemical resistant upper Recyclable
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Sizing info True to size Runs large True to size Runs small True to size

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Danner Logger 917 GTX is made with full-grain leather, a Gore-Tex lining, a Vibram rubber outsole, and OrthoLite footbeds that are removable. The Gore-Tex lining allows for better airflow over that of traditional rainwear while still keeping things waterproof. Other features include two pairs of laces to choose from, kilties (a false tongue that is laced to sit between the leather upper and the laces as an added barrier), a rubberized EVA midsole, and a TPU shank for added support. There is no doubt that these are quality boots.

Performance Comparison


This are made with high-quality materials, such as full-grain leather.
This are made with high-quality materials, such as full-grain leather.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Rain Protection


In and of itself, this pair offers a waterproof upper made of leather, and we did not find any leaks at any seams or where the outsole meets the upper. However, in the context of the great wide world of rainwear, this boot scores quite low for protection. When compared to more traditional rain boots, particularly those with tall shafts, the 6.25-inch shaft height just isn't as comprehensive. Additionally, the tongue is only partially attached, dropping the flood height to only 4 inches. This boot is designed for mild rain events and environments that don't accumulate deep puddles.

Wary to go any deeper, the flood height is only 4 inches for this...
Wary to go any deeper, the flood height is only 4 inches for this model.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Comfort


This was a divided metric for us because the foot box and the ankle shaft occupy opposite ends of the comfort spectrum. The foot box is roomy and is made with ample support and is very comfortable — one of the most comfortable footbeds we've had the pleasure of testing, actually. But there are some conditions to this: stick to flat terrain. The leather upper is very stiff, meaning the whole boot is very rigid. On uneven terrain, the boot doesn't flex with the feet or ankles in a way that a normal hiking boot or even a soft-rubber rain boot would. This created some discomfort in the feet after a while, but most notably, the ankle shaft is so rigid that the lip dug into our legs with every step. We tried to massage and flex the leather to help "break it in," but this did not alleviate anything. We've come to expect discomfort and possible bruising because of this and therefore only recommend this model for short walks.

The shaft and tongue are very rigid, which we found to dig into the...
The shaft and tongue are very rigid, which we found to dig into the sides of our ankles and at the shin.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Traction


A strong suit, the traction on the Logger is notable. Vibram is, of course, known for its technicality, especially in the hiking world. The more pronounced tread on this boot allows for use on trails, which is a nice perk. We felt very stable, even during our creek wading test on wet rocks. There is enough versatility in the tread pattern to create a more consistent feel, whether you're going downhill or uphill. The feel of the outsole is also in a nice balance; there is enough sensitivity to feel agile while moving, but the outsole is also thick and durable enough for varied and rocky terrain.

A closer look at the technical tread pattern.
A closer look at the technical tread pattern.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Warmth


When it comes to retaining heat, leather is overall a warmer material than rubber, as the rate of the transfer of heat (thermal conductivity) in rubber is higher and, therefore, more easily lost or gained depending on the source. For example, during our creek wading experience, we didn't feel the frigid water temperature as much in the Logger as we did in any of the standard, non-insulated rubber boots. In tandem with the Logger utilizing a Gore-Tex lining that helps circulate airflow, the warmth of the feet is moderated in a better manner than traditional rainwear. While hiking, our feet didn't overheat until the very end at the last big uphill, and the temperature outside was in the 40's. Because of these warmer qualities, we feel that this model is ideal for colder environments and even suitable for winter.

With a full leather upper, the warmth factor is greater than that of...
With a full leather upper, the warmth factor is greater than that of typical rubber boots. Great for a cold Fall outing.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Style


Another strong suit, the first thing anyone notices about this pair is the look. Our lead tester received many compliments about them during the testing period. The leather hiking appeal is clean and exudes luxury, quality, and tradition. We say this look is iconic to Danner because of their long-standing design and how their boots were made all the more famous due to the red-laced pair worn by author and hiker Cheryl Strayed (whose book was turned into a movie). We appreciate the subtle notes and careful craftsmanship, such as the stitching, seam designs, and added kilties. The overall color scheme is earthy and woodsy. But this style also transfers really well into urban settings. Fads celebrating mountain lifestyle or general outdoorsiness have not gone away. Too, leather has always been seen as a high-class material. The red laces have a unique sheen to them and aren't the easiest to tie or keep flat/untwisted, but another pair of laces also arrived with them that are more the standard nylon workboot shoelace and are of a black and brown color scheme.

We think the style appeal is very obvious with this pair and they...
We think the style appeal is very obvious with this pair and they are well-made. Dust from hiking, however, does stand out and dull the reflective quality of the leather.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Fit


We feel that the Logger is true to size and are thankful that Danner offers half sizes, from 5.5 to 10. This is really important to allow for a more personalized fit, optimizing comfort and long-term wearability. Since the leather design is already warmer than the typical rubber, sizing up to allow for thick socks isn't as much of a priority for us. But, if you do want to use these in the winter, doing so might not be a bad idea.

Value


Without question, there's a lot going on with these. But, whether the materials, design, and function warrant a jaw-dropping (for us) price tag is a matter we leave to you. You won't be disappointed with the craft and styling, but we do warn that the shaft isn't as flexible and comfortable as we thought it would, or should, be.

Conclusion


Our biggest critique of the Danner Logger is in how the comfort doesn't match the technicality and finesse of the overall design. Will this boot keep your feet dry in most casual circumstances? Yes. Will you look good in them? Yes. Will you be inspired to hike or tour the countryside in them? Probably not. Due to the stiffness of the leather, we wish the practical comfort matched the more versatile intentions behind the outsole and tread.

Best for flat, casual surfaces, we think this pair works great in...
Best for flat, casual surfaces, we think this pair works great in urban or suburban environments.
Photo: Sara Aranda

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