Reviewed by Pierce Wreck Diver from Brooklyn, NY on Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Danners are a rare find at STP and these are awesome. Designed for sharp rocky terrain in Afghanistan; they have a military contract tag in them. Heavier than some similarly styled boots. Very comfortable and available in wide sizes. My second pair of Danners since I switched from Merell years ag...
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Reviewed by JtothaK from Denver, CO on Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I hike a lot here in CO including 14ers, extended backpacking sessions and random day hikes. I also go through boots fairly quickly given the amount of hiking I do and the ruggedness of the terrain out here. That said, I've tried lots of different boots, from full grain leather old school hikers to ultralight Montrail trail runners to my current favorite pair of boots, Scarpa Mustangs and lots in between.
I picked up a pair of the Combat Hikers since 1) they were a good deal (under $100) and 2) they are U.S. made for our military and 3) the boot is constructed of quality materials. Everything appeared to be in good order so I took them for a short day hike.
Here's a list of problems:
- No speed lace system. Apparently the design team failed hiking boot design 101. How are you supposed to tighten up the boot properly in order to prevent your toes from slamming in the end of the boot while hiking down something steep?! No matter how hard I pulled tight, no dice. The tops of my toes kept slamming the end of the boot.
- Non-supportive sole. Outersole is flimsy as a sandal (literally) and provided no support WITHOUT a pack (i'm 6'2", 185lbs). I will never wear these backpacking for this reason alone.
- The overall fit is sloppy. This appears to be due to a poor design (standard width boot for my standard width food). Namely, when the laces are max tightened, the tongue doesn't fit in place properly nor does the upper part of the boot join together properly. Second, due to the weak sole, the boot flex crease occurs directly over the top of my foot. It's as if the boot design consisted of simply joining a few pieces of leather and rubber together without any regard to anatomics or any other rational thought.
- The insole is a joke. A flat piece of rubber with no arch support whatsoever. Why even bother?
- Perhaps the worst part is that this is the best "combat hiker" that our government could provide our troops. They deserve the best, not second rate "one size fits all" garbage such as this. But how would we fund this you ask? How about we divert knowingly abused well-fare funds into some decent gear for our military?! How's that for "Change"?
The only positives are that the materials appear to be good quality and these are made here in the States.
If you don't really hike (be honest) and want a cool looking boot that our military uses for tooling around your yard, garage or the Walmart ammo isle, then you will probably like these however, there are many, many better options for a true hiking boot (or "tactical" hiking boot for that matter).
Reviewed by Xavier from Australia on Thursday, October 10, 2013
This is a great boot for superficial travelling, but I won't use this in harsh outdoor conditions again. The key weakness of this shoe is how you can fold the whole boot very easily from front to back - therefore exposing how weak the sole is.
I found walking in very sharp rocky areas to be unstable and generally useless when it grips or locks onto the ground.
This is clearly a stock item that was poorly designed, and sold by the pound to shops like these.
Reviewed by Bigmtnluv from Colorado on Saturday, September 21, 2013
Some of the best boots I have owned. Came in to buy a 2nd pair but they don't have my size.
Got these December 2011. Still unsure if they are really Gore-Tex because nothing on the boot indicates this. I have not had any problems with water. I NickWaxed them. The leather has held up extremely well. I like having eyelets to the top rather than the quick lace that give. I have Hiked14ers with them and used them in the winter as well. Have held up great. Rand still welded on solidly. Put a higher arch insole in them.
Reviewed by Autumn from Logan, Utah on Wednesday, January 30, 2013
These boots appear to be well constructetd, heavy-duty boots -- exactly what I've been looking for. Hopefully they perform as well as they look. Sole material is not as grippy in snow as previous pairs of boots I've owned. The only reason I give the product four stars is because I need to see how it performs over time.
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Answered on 1/31/2013 12:00:00 AM by Customer Care from Sierra Trading Post
'D' is usually a medium width while the 'EE' is for a wide foot. A 'B' or 'C' width boot, if you could find it, would be a narrow width. I have narrow feet and it is a challenge to find a narrow width boot. Sometimes a thicker insole will take up enough interior space to help.|The Danner website will have information on what last the boot was built. (Look under 'Size & Fit') Some lasts are better for folks with narrow feet. Good luck with your search!
Answered on 8/11/2012 12:00:00 AM by Bob from Eugene, OR
The Danner Combat Hiker Gore-TexÂ® Military Boots does have the Gore-TexÂ® waterproof breathable membrane in it. I am unsure why there is not Gore-Tex advertising on the boot's. The only thing I can think of is that Danner worked something out with Gore-Tex to keep their boots advertisement free.
Answered on 12/20/2011 12:00:00 AM by Prod. Spec. Ryan from Sierra Trading Post
They are waterproof, but not from goretex. The build of the boot is single piece leather with quality stitching. You will need to treat the leather over the years to keep it supple. This should maintain waterproofness. I wore these boots into the Glastenbury Wilderness of Vermont (an overgrown area of beaverdams, bogs, and swamps) and my feet stayed dry.
Answered on 12/30/2011 12:00:00 AM by Graphite from Sterling, VA