Danner Crater Rim

Trail shoes still fall into two basic categories: (1) heavier-duty, backpacking-boot-inspired high-tops that can handle off-trail travel and have serious ankle support, and (2) lighter-weight low and mid cuts that are

Fri, 06/01/2012 - 00:00
Outside Magazine

One size does not fit all in clothing, and that includes shoes, too. Which is why Danner still cobbles boots in its Oregon shop in half sizes and a range of widths to ensure a precise fit—which can be a revelation. (Turns out one of our testers wears a size 9½ E, not the 10 he’d always believed.) The Crater Rim is based on a Danner-made boot popular with U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and it’s easy to see why: the nubuck upper is durable but supple; the high-cut, full-wrap rand provides protection against rocks, cactus, and puddles; and the aggressively lugged Vibram sole sloughs off pebbles, slop, and snow. We took the Crater Rims straight from the box on a taxing scramble up a creek (the Gore-Tex lining had no trouble with the soaking), then over a steep, eroded anaconda of switchbacks. We had nary a hot spot or blister that day, nor in all the miles in the months after, proving once and for all that size—and materials and construction—does matter. 1.9 lbs


Brand: Danner $300
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