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Old September 13th, 2011, 11:02 PM   #1
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Default Danner Boots?

I'm looking to get a pair. I'm currently wearing a pair of Gander Mountain branded Itasca's that make my feet fucking feel like they're broken at the end of even a short work day.

So right now I can get a good deal on a set of Danners, and I'm looking at what's available and who has what to say about them.

I can get a few different versions of the Desert TFX's, USAF TFX, and Army Kinetics, as well as the DFA's , Kinetics, and Striker II's.

I don't need any of the hunting boots, and I'm so far not a fan of the short hikers. So I'm probably going to end up getting one of the different style of military boots. So who's got some?
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Old September 13th, 2011, 11:05 PM   #2
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I'm looking to get a pair. I'm currently wearing a pair of Gander Mountain branded Itasca's that make my feet fucking feel like they're broken at the end of even a short work day.

So right now I can get a good deal on a set of Danners, and I'm looking at what's available and who has what to say about them.

I can get a few different versions of the Desert TFX's, USAF TFX, and Army Kinetics, as well as the DFA's , Kinetics, and Striker II's.

I don't need any of the hunting boots, and I'm so far not a fan of the short hikers. So I'm probably going to end up getting one of the different style of military boots. So who's got some?
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Old September 13th, 2011, 11:51 PM   #3
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Over priced by far if you ask me. I have a pair that cost $250. Many people raved about them so when work offered to buy some for us, I jumped on it. They never were comfortable. I put a lot of time in them to give them time to break in. They just were crap. Personally, the insoles just sucked and offered no support. It was like they were hard plastic and flat as could be. I think why people say good things about them is so they don't feel bad about spending all that damn money for them.

The ones I have are Acadias. I've also tried on some Strikers, but wasn't really any more impressed as I was with the Acadias.

What are you needing them for? If brown boots are ok, then Red Wings are hard to beat. I've had a couple pair and they are awesome. I recently got some of the cheaper Red Wings, Irish Setters, and they are awesome as well.

If you need a black military boot, I've had 4 sets of Rocky side zip Paratrooper boots. They polish up great and are like slippers onces broken in. I recently picked up some 5.11 ATACs for work, and they aren't bad for the price, but I'd pick the Rockys over those unless you want water proof.
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Old September 14th, 2011, 12:59 AM   #4
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I wear Danner Pronghorns for upland hunting. I am actually going to buy another pair this season. We walk 5-10 miles a day in South Dakota or Iowa and my feet are never sore and always dry.
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Old September 14th, 2011, 03:35 AM   #5
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I wore a pair overseas for ten months, comfy and kept my feet dry. Can't remember the price or style but I was pleased. I like belleville 390 DES - Hot Weather Tan Combat Boot. Honestly my favorite ever, I've got a pair of black ones for work as well.
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Old September 14th, 2011, 05:12 AM   #6
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I found Danners to be a great big pile of steamy crap. They didn't last a year, and I only wear my boots at work, 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week. I did not wear them outside of work hours.

The insoles wore down too quick, and the leather seperated from the sole way to fast for my taste. I wrote Danner asking for my $$$ back, got no reply.

I wear Magnum 6-inch boot now with side zip. I have purchased two pair in the last 4 years, boot life is longer than the damn Danners I bought.
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Old September 14th, 2011, 05:36 AM   #7
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I have had 4 pair of Danner boots. The first three (still have one) were all gore-tex hunting/logging style of boot and were awesome! Each pair lasted over a year of hard use. Then I got a pair of regular non-gore-tex (no lining) work boots and could not get them to be comfortable. I still have them, but replaced them with the Cabelas flat sole work boot that they sell for around $60.00 and they are awesome, I have had 2 pair of these. So, for gore-tex hunting/logging style, I would definitely buy another pair if I needed it, but for work, I would not.
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Old September 14th, 2011, 05:49 AM   #8
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I'm on my second pair of these and love them.I wear mine 50 hrs a week at work,and there my everyday shoes as well.I usually buy a new pair once a year.

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Old September 14th, 2011, 06:10 AM   #9
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The U.S. made Danners are really good boots. They will last and take a lot of abuse. The China made Danners are crap.
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Old September 14th, 2011, 07:13 AM   #10
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I had a few pair of Danner military boots when I was in the Marines and agree with others that they are definitely overrated and the insoles were absolute crap. The boots also seemed to weigh about 10 pounds more than the next heaviest ones I had. And the waterproofing and insulation on their Goretex models was absolutely worthless. I'd rather be wearing a pair of Wonderbread bread bags to keep the water from seeping in. The outer soles always seemed to last pretty well though and that was always important to me. At time though I thought I was limited to the crappy selection of boots on base or else I would have gotten something better.

In the end though, like others have mentioned, it all comes down to what you need and what you are going to use them for. If you absolutely must have some black military boots your options are a bit limited but if you are just looking for some hunting or work boots, there are much better options out there IMO.

For work boots, I love my Chippewas that I've had for a couple of years... they are relatively light, extremely comfortable right out of the box and made in the USA. I also recently received a pair of Alden "Indy" work boots and while they are expensive, they seem to be absolutely indestructible, and have the added bonus of cleaning up very nicely (useful for someone like me who may have to wear them to work in the office and a jobsite in the field), and made in the USA. I've also heard good things about Wolverine (made in Rockford, MI), and my old Red Wings are still kicking though I've noticed their quality can be hit or miss.

If you just need something for shoveling snow or walking through the muck, get a pair of LL Bean's "Bean Boot" and be done with it. LL Bean has a lifetime guarantee and great customer service, and the boot can be refinished by the factory relatively cheap making them look as good as new. I think my dad has been wearing the same pair since the 50's and likes to remind everybody in earshot about it each time he puts them on.
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Old September 14th, 2011, 08:31 AM   #11
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The U.S. made Danners are really good boots. They will last and take a lot of abuse. The China made Danners are crap.
X2, stay away from the striker II. They are ok for a short time, but the soles wear out quickly, the side zippers split. For the price not woth it.
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Old September 14th, 2011, 08:56 AM   #12
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Ive had a pair of Black Rocky Eliminators for 6 years.. had to have them resoled every single year.. finally the leather has separated from the soles this summer.. dunno if I wana spend another 300 bucks on those though..
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Old September 14th, 2011, 09:34 AM   #13
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Well basicly, I'm going with a pair of Danner's no matter what because I can get almost any pair they make for a damn good price. $250 pair of boots, I'm only paying $35.

But from the sounds of it the military style isn't what they're made out to be. I just don't exactly need a steal toe, or a heavy insulated boot. Nor do I want a pair that are camo.



The Super Quarry's don't actually look too bad, neither do the Workmans. I scanned through their work boots and most of them just looked funny, but I'm taking a bit closer look now since I'm not mesmerized by the Tacticool boots.
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Old September 14th, 2011, 10:00 AM   #14
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where u get Danners for 35 bucks? Id buy 5 pairs!
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Old September 14th, 2011, 10:11 AM   #15
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where u get Danners for 35 bucks? Id buy 5 pairs!
Through work. I can only buy one pair a year through this deal though.
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Old September 14th, 2011, 12:07 PM   #16
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I wore Desert TFXs this past year. Not the lightest boot out there, but not as heavy as some of the standard issue stuff. Insoles were not required for me, which was nice. However, I did have two sets and alternated them each day. The tread pattern is not very aggressive, but a harder compound fine for Michigan and daily wear. Out in the field, I prefer my Blackhawks.
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Old September 14th, 2011, 02:48 PM   #17
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Ok, for $35 it's worth it.
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Old September 14th, 2011, 04:55 PM   #18
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I love my USMC Danners with goretex! I'm active duty and they are the most comfy boots ive had by far! I wouldnt trade them for anything! Deff worth the $$
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OP you didnt say what kind of conditions you work in...

Danner acadias are the only boots that hold up where I work. However I clean and maintain them almost every day (rinse/brush/polish). They are not a cement walking boot, the vibram sole will not last on pavement. And I do add an insole support - mandatory for any boot IMO. Also they are a big goofy fitting - narrow forefoot, wide heel. Maybe my feet are mutant, i dunno... but the insole i use makes them alright.

The import danners are about the same as any chinese boot. You may as well buy magnums for half price and replace them as needed. My magnums lasted 2 months before coming apart, and they were NOT water proof - again, maintained almost every day.

There are certain types of the caterpiller brand boots that are pretty good for a walking boot. I think they use different suppliers tho, and some pairs Ive found dont last like others.

I also like the US made red wings. But Ive never worn them for work.

Heavy vs lightweight - you will not find a light weight boot that lasts in off pavement/rocks/brush. The leather will not be thick enough and the sole will not be tough enough or puncture proof and there wont be enough ankle support.

They offer a Rocky brand duty boot where I work but Ive never tried them. They look similar to the danner acadias, maybe when I need replacements.
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Old September 15th, 2011, 11:16 AM   #20
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Well likei said, I'm getting a pair of danners regardless since they are only going to cost me $35.

I work mostly on hard floors, no oil or anything like that. But they will also be my outdoors wear. Warmth isn't a problem. I'm mostly looking some something that will be comfortable to be on my feet all day.

I'll just just have to go somewhere and try some on.
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