Danner Crater Rim

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


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