I "Need" Some Danner Boots! Help Me Decide!

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by lowes48, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. lowes48

    lowes48 Been here awhile

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    Today I found myself pouring over the Danner website then calling a few local dealers to see if they have the boots I now feel I "need"!

    I've narrowed my choices to the following boots and opinions from those of you with Danner experience would be welcomed!

    Grouse
    Rain Forest
    Rain Forest Heathman
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  2. Guano11

    Guano11 Behind Bars....

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    Crashed my Acadias years ago -- protected well, but kinda felt like Frankenstein in them. Lotta boot.
    Wore a pair of GTXs (imports) for many years on active duty. Waterproof, comfortable, and polished up well. Soles eventually got pretty slick, not rebuildable.

    Can't go wrong with Danners.
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  3. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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    FWIW I have a set of Danner Montana Hunters, love em super comfy and dry but they didn't last as a riding boot. I stand a lot and wore through the soles where they meet the pegs and tore off chunks in the first summer, I don't know if the ones you are looking at have the same sole or not. I liked them so much as a hiker though I bought another set and just don't use them for riding anymore. YMMV
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  4. rhlrdr

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    I have a pair of the Mountain Light II that I like pretty good. They take a while to break in but they last a while. They are not as high as the boots you mentioned so they may not fit the bill.

    If you have a narrow foot, look for a pair of Asolo Sasslong. Best boot in the world IMHO.
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  5. Jedi5150

    Jedi5150 Road Warrior

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    I only wear Danners. I have a pair of tennis shoes that I put on about once every two or three months, aside from that it's Danners, work, play, shopping, whatever. I use the Olimpias, Acadias, desert acadias, and Ft. Lewis. I think I have about 6 or 7 pair. For a while I was getting a pair a year since they were almost free through work (Danner used to offer a 50% discount to mil/ LE but they don't anymore. :cry), and on top of that my work reimbursed $125 a pair per year. They really are outstanding boots. The tread is completely worn off on a couple of them, but the leather and nylon have many, many more years of service out of them.

    I chose the Ft. Lewis for motorcycle riding. 10" all leather uppers offers a good deal of protection from both pants rising up and hot exhaust parts.
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  6. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer

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    Acadias:

    15 years old:
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    After:
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  7. lowes48

    lowes48 Been here awhile

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    Good stuff, Guys! Seeing the recrafted pics makes me want to wear them out just so I can have them rebuilt to like-new condition!
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  8. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer

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    Surprisingly affordable, too. About $115.
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  9. Jedi5150

    Jedi5150 Road Warrior

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    15 years of sitting in a chair! :lol3

    Sorry, I couldn't resist. :evil But you do get a LOT of life out of your soles.
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  10. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer

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    5 years in work, 10years on bike. Well over 150K. . ..
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  11. Jedi5150

    Jedi5150 Road Warrior

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    These Danner Recons are my primary work boots (though I do trade off). They are about 5 years old. They have been dunked in the Pacific several times and get submerged in creeks about once every couple weeks or so (my dog loves to track bad guys through creeks...and poison oak. The more, the better. :lol3):
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    These are my Desert Acadias, and have been my primary off-work shoes for about 3 years:
    [​IMG]
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  12. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer

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  13. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    I live in the land of Danner so I went to the factory and bought my Rain Forest Boots just a few weeks ago. It is the best (and heaviest boot they make)

    $204 and they through in some Black Laces. :D
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  14. '05Train

    '05Train Mind is not for rent

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    I've had my 200 gram insulated Ft. Lewis boots since 1995. They were the only article of clothing I had on that survived the wreck last November in useable condition. I swear by them.
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  15. Hikertrash

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    I'm issued Arcadias for work and they are some tough boots. The sole seems to wear down a bit after 2 years, but I just donate them to a local veterans family charity and get a new pair through our uniform allowance program. I had no idea Danner refurbishes them. Right now I'm wearing the Teslan zip up boots which fit like a pair of tennis shoes after a brutal week long break in with blisters. Now they're so soft, but are starting to show some serious wear from my daily commutes to work. I'll be getting another pair of Arcadias when these wear out.
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  16. lowes48

    lowes48 Been here awhile

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    $204? We're they 2nds? So far I've been able to wrangle a deal for 25% off retail so I guess that's as good as it will get for me, but that's a great deal, IMO.
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  17. longtab

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    I've worn Acadias for over 20 yrs and for several years in the Army til them damn desert boots came out. I bought a new pair a couple years ago because I needed a heavy duty boot that didn't resemble some corny rip-off pseudo-biker boot. I only wore the boot for use with my Harley. I wore Asolo hiking boots when I rode my dual sport. It wasn't until I laid my bike down last month that the lightbulb in my head finally lit up and I realized the importance of a motorcycling specific boot. I picked up a pretty cool pair of boots from Icon that have inside/inside ankle hard parts, shin hard parts, they're zip-ups and are waterproof, comfortable, stuff enough to ride dual sport comfortably. I get compliments often for them not looking like a road warrior extreme motocross boot. But I'm a lot more confident that my ankles will do much better the next time I lay my bike down. That being said, the Acadia is a sweet boot. It just doesn't have ankle hard parts.
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  18. DAKEZ

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    At Danner their seconds are incredibly minor. In my case the stitching was slightly crooked.
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    The next time you're going there, drop me a PM. :evil
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  20. beemerphile

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    I am a confirmed Acadia fan for riding.
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