Gear Review: Danner Mountain 600

A week's worth of national park trekking put these hikers to the test.

I recently logged lots of miles exploring Grand Teton National Park - climbing across boulder fields and ascending steep inclines. I was fortunate to come home without any blisters or sprains, thanks to the Danner Mountain 600 hiking boots.

A removable Ortholite footbed features three layers of comfy cushioning and open-cell polyurethane for breathability on hot-weather hikes. Paired with lightweight merino wool socks, these Danner boots kept my feet feeling cool and sweat-free even when the temps topped 90 degrees.

Rubberized Vibram SPE midsoles on a nylon shank provide additional lightweight cushioning that won't break down as you pound the trails. The Vibram Fuga outsole, with self-adapting lugs and Megagrip compound, creates excellent traction on dusty, dry surfaces as well as wet, slippery terrain. I didn't lose my footing on slick rocks or loose soil where other backpacking travelers were sliding.

These waterproof hiking boots sport either a suede or full-grain leather upper with a Danner Dry lining for durability and protection from the elements. While I didn't fully submerge my pair of Mountain 600s on this outing, I did splash through shallow creeks and lake edges. And the cold alpine water never reached my feet.

The 4.5-inch hikers kept my toothpick ankles steady throughout miles and miles of footwork but didn't weigh me down at just 2 pounds for the pair. These are great boots for when you need more support than a hiking sneaker but also need to remain agile.

They're available in both women's and men's hiking boot varieties, and a 200-gram option is available for when you need a little added insulation. Danner Mountain 600 hiking boots retail for $190-$230.

Danner Mountain 600 hiking boots retail for $190-$230.