Mountain Light Boots


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Our #1 Favourite Travel Gear

  • Rugged, Waterproof, Near-Indestructible Leather + GORE-TEX Construction
  • Breathable and comfortable - not too hot in 40C desert, not too cold in -20C snowstorm
  • Easy Care, Low Maintenance
  • Iconic Danner hiking/backpacker look and silhouette 
  • Hand Made in Portland, Oregon, USA!

  • We're not supposed to take favourites with our gear, but if you had to ask us what is the most import item we used for our 3 year adventure, then without question the clear #1 choice would be these pair of boots.

    Our Mountain Light boots have been worn almost daily for 800+ days in the Amazon rainforest, on Icelandic glaciers, and in Namibian deserts.  It survived a rainstorm in Oman.  A tour guide in Hanoi commented how great it looks and horseback cowgirls in Colorado was in awe of its style.

    It has never once failed us despite the weather, humidity, sand or mud.  The one-piece leather design and GORE-TEX lining keeps the water out, while maintaining breathability so it won't overheat on you.

    It also has a lot of smaller clever design details that you will learn to appreciate through your travels, such as the fast-tie hooks for laces (great for Japan, India or Airports where you need to remove shoes constantly) and a very comfortable and grippy Vibram Kletterlift outsole.  And it's so low maintenance that we've only oiled/conditioned it once in 3 years despite the abuses we've put it through!

    If you can only have one thing from our website, or one item for your next adventure, it would be these amazing boots!



    Ask a seasoned backpacker what the ideal hiking boots look like, and you're bound to hear a description of the Mountain Light. That's because for over 30 years, the Mountain Light set the standard for every new product that hit the market. And in all that time, nothing ever dethroned the original. Today, we're proud to re-introduce this classic boot. Every single pair is built by hand in Portland, Oregon, with full-grain leather, Vibram Kletterlift outsoles, and waterproof GORE-TEX liners. The result is a classic design that provides unmatched comfort and support.


    To ensure its quality, we put our leather through six different tests before making our selection. Our full-grain leathers are the strongest and most durable form of leather.


    Our one-piece leather design eliminates openings in the tongue area to help keep out debris and water. It also creates a simple finish with minimal seams.


    100% waterproof and breathable, GORE-TEX liners ensure that no water gets in, while allowing sweat and moisture to get out.


    Specifically designed for comfort and durability; the heel provides superb shock absorption and the rubber compound guarantees great traction and stability on both wet and dry surfaces.


    Handcrafted to provide a wider platform, our legendary stitchdown construction offers increased stability underfoot. Many of our stitchdown boots can be recrafted.


    Extend the life of your boot with our recrafting services. This boot is eligible for a number of paid services, including part replacement, leather care and restitching.

    • WEIGHT: 1644g / 58 oz per pair
    • HEIGHT: 12.7cm / 5"
    • INSULATION: Non-Insulated
    • COLOR: Brown
    • SHANK: Fiberglass
    • LAST TYPE: 650 EE
    • LINING: Waterproof
    • OUTSOLE: Vibram® 148 Kletterlift

    This classification of manufacturing is our promise that this product was built from top to bottom in our Portland, Ore. factory. Our USA Made boots are built with the same commitment to superior craftsmanship that we’ve been known for since 1932. 


    Our footwear products are sized according to the Brannock device and are in US sizes. If you are unsure of your size, we suggest getting your foot measured on this device as it will indicate both the length and width of your foot. The Brannock device can be found at most shoe or boot retail stores.

    How it Fits

    This EE width is designed to fit an average width foot, similar to a D width. The 650 EE last offers a more relaxed fit for casual, everyday wear while still offering support and stability. Since this style runs a little long, we recommend sizing down a half size for the best fit.

    Personal Recommendation

    Normally our general size is US 9, EU 42 1/2.  Our Danner Mountain Light boots are 8.5.  We tried size 8 but it was too small.  So we would recommend sizing 1/2 US size down from your sneakers.

    It's comparable to other US leather boot sizes - same as Redwing and Viberg, so get the same size as your other leather boots.

    In comparison our other personal shoes that we own and wear:

    • Sneakers
      • Adidas Sneakers - US Size 9, EU Size 42 2/3
      • Reebok Running Shoes - US Size 9, EU Size 42
      • Salomon Hiking Sneakers - US Size 9, EU Size 43 1/3
    • Boots
      • Red Wing Iron Ranger Boots - US 8.5
      • Viberg Service Boots - US 8.5

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