Danner East Ridge GORE-TEX Boots for Men
First pair of Danners
This was my first pair of Danners and researched multiple brands in the $200 price range for a while and decided the 8" Eastridge were the best buy.
I hunt sheep and pigs in a wide range of terrain here in Hawaii from rocky alpine slopes, wide open rough lava fields to steep muddy rainforest. So I needed a taller waterproof boot that would support my ankles and keep them dry if I stepped in a puddle or mud. I also cover a range of temperature from the 40s-80s in one hunt. Using a quality merino sock I have no issues with sweat or overheating.
They broke in really well after a couple of uses and the insoles and upper has softened up a lot and are very comfortable now. Depending on your foot you might want to buy more custom insoles which I almost did at first but decided to wait and see how they broke in. Most likely will buy some super feet insoles eventually.
I have walked across very sharp and rugged dry lava fields and have been super impressed with the Vibram outsoles and how they have held up. My previous budget pair got eaten up on the lava. I would love it if Danner would offer a rubber/synthetic toe rand because if I am not careful the leather will eventually get cut up.
I am really impressed with the quality and fit (for my foot) with these boots. So far they haven't disapointed and i highly recommend them
November 30, 2014
Great All-Around Pair of Boots
These are a good pair of all around boots. I've worn Danners while still in the Marine Corps and these are still living up to that reputation.
Out of the box, they're fairly stiff and take some time to break in. It took me a good day's dove hunt to break in; with a fair amount of walking. It helps to condition the leather a bit to soften it up. The soles are thick and sturdy but overall is surprisingly lightweight. I'm not sure how these will perform in the winter but in CA it doesn't get that cold.
These are made in the USA and the build quality shows. I'd highly recommend these for the early season hunter; I'm not sure how they'll perform in the cold yet. One thing I'd like to see is a nonmetallic toe. I'd think it'd be useful for us upland hunters without dogs; you'll be kicking rocks and bushes a lot. Otherwise I'd recommend wearing these with a good pair of merino socks to help moderate the heat and moisture..
September 12, 2014
Good boots, Made in America
I have owned two pairs of Danners during my long military career and they never disappoint. These are no different, they are comfortable, they were easy to break in and comfortable from day one. I have worn them for a couple of long hikes and a fews days of coyote hunting and am quite pleased with my purchase.
March 28, 2014