Danner Mountain Light First Impressions

My first major purchase of 2018 was a pair of hiking boots.You may have noticed throughout my blog that over the past couple months, I've developed a bit of a fascination with hiking, particularly thru-hikes like the Appalachian trail. This has lead, of course, to the hope that I will one day be able to participate in my own thru-hike. As romantic as the idea sounds, I know that a thru-hike is not something to be taken lightly so it's become a goal of mine to spend more time outdoors and exploring some more local hiking opportunities. 

I fully admit, I haven't been too great at keeping up with this goal of mine. I'm terribly cold-natured and so cold weather is a bit off-putting for me--something I know I'll have to get over if I want any chance at thru-hiking. But the weather is slowly starting to warm and so I'm hoping to give this goal a bit of a more honest go.

I wrote last year that we had the opportunity to visit the mountains of North Carolina. It was during that trip that my hiking boots at the time, a pair I've owned since I was about 13, finally wore themselves out. Growing up my family had always been outdoorsy, especially during our trips to Germany, so hiking isn't a particularly new concept to me, just one I haven't actively practiced over the last 10 years or so.

Anyway, all that rambling brings me to this point. As silly as it sounds (and trust me, I know it sounds silly), I wanted my first purchase of the year to be a couple things. Intentional, of course, in that I wanted to buy something that would last a lifetime. Something classic, durable, and something that would motivate me in achieving my goal.

Enter the Danner Mountain Light. If your recognize these boots, it's because they're already a bit famous. Recreated in the spirit of 1970s hiking, these shoes were originally made for the movie Wild.


I was a bit hesitant, at first, about the idea of dropping so much on a pair of shoes but again, these were made to last a lifetime (with proper care, of course). I'd given myself a new rule over the past year that any major purchase (anything above $150 for a single item), would need to be strongly considered for at least 3 months before deciding to buy. Which is exactly what I did. Now that' I've had them for a couple weeks, I feel ready to talk a little more about them.



The first thing that struck me was how comfortable these boots were. One of my biggest concerns were comments that they ran a bit narrow and were a royal pain to break in. But upon trying them on for the first time, I realized that these boots were in a league of their own. The biggest difference I noticed right off the bat is that the tongue feels curved and padded. With any other hiking boot I've owned, the tongue tends to press down, putting pressure on the top of my foot. But with these it was the exact opposite so I felt much less constricted than I normally do in a boot like this. Though I tend to buy 'wide' shoes, the narrowness (as described in some reviews) wasn't an issue at all for me. Though I haven't done any serious hiking with these yet, the only discomfort I've felt so far was the stiffness around the ankle portion of the boot. It's uncomfortable, but slowly molding to me the more I wear them. Thicker socks definitely help with this. I've worn them out and about days and though smaller walks in the woods and haven't had any issues.


Overall, I am loving these so far. They've pretty much replaced all my other boots in terms of comfort and warmth. The only small drawback I've found so far is that they are not considered water proof (that said, they do just fine on a rainy day). I love their classic look, and as you may have imagined, the red laces definitely appealed to me as well (seeing as my theme for this year is Red). And most of all, I love that they're made to last. Danner even has rebuilding options for shoes that need a little extra TLC.

Overall, if you're in the market for a new pair of hiking boots, I can't recommend these enough. If you're looking to save a little, I believe Danner usually does a Father's Day Sale. Amazon has these boots as well, and I've seen them drop to under $300 on occasion so that's another option if you're looking to save a little money.

Also, I would like to note that this post was not sponsored in any way. I bought these shoes of my own accord and using my own money.

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