DannerCrater Rim GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's

Durable protection on the rugged trails.

Tackle tougher trails with the Danner Men's Crater Rim Backpacking Boot. Lined with Gore-Tex, the Crater Rim guarantees waterproof protection and breathable comfort, and the Vibram Bifida sole provides superior traction in rugged environments. Nubuck leather keeps this boot durable strong for many years of backpacking trips. Danner added a polyurethane footbed for long-lasting cush.

  • Gore-Tex waterproofing
  • Nubuck leather upper
  • Polyurethane footbed
  • Vibram Bifida sole
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Buy and forget for 100's of miles.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 11 medium

This is my 2nd pair of these made in USA boots. I'm still using the first pair with 843 hiking miles and 3-new sets of insoles. The out soles are still very very good, upper stitching around the rubber rand on one boot is beginning to let go, very usable but not sure now of water proof integrity. These are not the world's most comfortable boot (Zamberlans are better for instance) but they are fine and seem to fit true to size, my foot is narrow. I don't feel these boots need a "real" break-in period but you need the right sock combination and a good fit to begin with. The boots are pretty warm but I still use them year around, they are moderately heavy but that is OK with me given their support and protection. The soles are very durable, somewhat hard and when it is extra cold they aren't the best traction on slick rock. Over aIl, given their durability, this is the best buy for the money for boots I have tried in the last several years.

In love

    I long wanted durable boots that I could have for years and wear in over time. I also wanted something made in the USA. This fit the bill for both. They're so comfortable and breaking them in didn't tear my feet up horribly bad. They're comfortable, good looking, warm and dry. I've been in waist high snow in these (with gaiters) and my feet stayed dry and warm. They are a bit heavy but I don't find them tiring. They give great support and are rigid enough to support your foot and hold it flat when standing on a log or something. Highly recommend!! I love them


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9.5

    Just going to put this out there Crater Rim boots may require some breaking in or the boots might be breaking your foot in, regardless once you have finished this process you will not regret it. As far as boots go they are solid, durable, and waterproof. That being said, since they are full leather upper, Gortex lined waterproof boots they don't really breath well or hardly at all. Be sure to bring spare socks or wear them in temperate to colder temperatures. I would not recommend these in warm or hot climates at all. Unfortunately when I picked these up Backcountry only had 10's they ended up not fitting and at the time 9.5 E (wide) was on back order only from Danner. I would recommend this product but would encourage the buyer to understand what is involved if they are new Danner and/or leather hiking boots.


    Best Casual and Hiking Boot Ever

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 13 Wide

    I bought these boots back in January and there has not been a single regret of buying them since. First off, truest fit of any shoe/boot I've ever bought. I wear a US 13 Wide, and this thing is the most comfortable boot I've ever worn. At first I thought it would probably just be a casual boot based on how comfortable it was, because there was no way a boot this comfortable would be able to handle the abuse I lay down. I WAS WRONG. I've used this boot on Hikes in Alaska, California, Washington, Arizona and Oregon. I use it as my casual motorcycle boot as well. I cannot express how awesome this boot is. The Gore-Tex works extremely well! BUT, if you happen to get in water over your boot, they do not dry out easily. The exterior of the boot when drenched will dry off in about a day or two, but the inside without a boot dryer can take upwards of a week to dry out. Besides that this boot is one of the best purchases I've ever made.

    Unanswered Question

    Alright so I've been trying for my first "serious" pair of backpacking boots for a 21 day trek in New Mexico at altitudes between 6,000-11,000 ft carrying a 40-60 lb pack. I've bought 3 pair of Crater Rims and decided that the 10 wide with high vol insoles fit best. However, I have a troublesome right foot that doesn't like to stay in the heel in any pair of boots I try. So my doubt got the best of me and I got a pair of Asolo TPS 520 GVs. Now I can't decide between the two. Note I paid full price for the Asolo's and got the Crater Rims from a competitor for about $100. Basically, am I splitting hairs or are the Asolo's the superior boot?

    Danner Boots - Gore-Tex Liner

    Durable, comfortable, US Made

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I've had these boots for over a year now, and they still feel and look great. For a heavier boot, they felt great right out of the box, and the full leather upper has protected my feet from all manner of sharp rocks, thorns, and nettle. Made in the USA is just icing on the cake. Fits bit narrow in the toe, but the regular width felt better for my foot than the wide. Nice to have the option though.

    sweet picture

    Crater Rims in Zion

    Great view, awesome boots

    Crater Rims in Zion

    Awesome picture Donald !!!

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