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Old 09-17-2015, 10:58 PM   #1
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Default Gear Review: Danner High Ground Boots

I rarely make a good purchase. I'm that guy that buys something spur of the moment and then regrets it later. But this time I hit one out of the park. We got lucky with a last minute elk hunt and I had just a few days to prepare. The only hunting boots I have are snake boots and they weren't going to cut it for walking several miles a day up and down hills in New Mexico.

I went to the nearest store (Gander Mountain) on my lunch break at work. I tried on several boots (Danners, Under Armour, LaCrosse). As soon as I tried on the Danner high ground I felt like I had the right boot. I have some feet problems (plantar faciitis, flat feet, etc.). But they felt good. I got a size 11 (my usual boot size) and took them home.

I walked about a mile in them around the neighborhood...so far so good. Then I took off jogging about a 1/2 mile. Still felt good.

I didn't get to wear them again until the hunt. On some days we walked 5+ miles.....a lot of it in wet grass. A lot of loose rocks, ledges, up and down hills, cactus/thorns, etc. No problems! I never lost my footing or slid/slipped. The goretex Danners kept the wet out and kept my feet dry. Other guys were complaining about their wet socks but mine were good to go.

The boots just felt good. I felt like I could walk all day. My calves and thighs were a little tight each morning....but my feet NEVER hurt. And that was a first for me.

They look good, feel good, not too heavy, and I never got a blister, hot spot, friction, nothing.

I highly recommend these boots for hunting...especially if you're going to be walking a lot.







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100% waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® liner is engineered to keep your feet dry and comfortable

Realtree® Xtra Green® camo is designed with three distinct layers of color and pattern for maximum effectiveness.

Durable oiled-nubuc leather upper plus breathable 900 Denier nylon for excellent durability and abrasion resistance

Cushioning antimicrobial polyurethane footbed

EVA midsole provides added cushioning

Lock and load lacing system - ghillies across the forefoot for secure fit, and locking speed hooks for quick, easy lacing

Danner Talon™ outsole provides extremely lightweight athletic performance in rugged conditions.

Nylon shank

8" height

46 oz

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Old 09-17-2015, 11:30 PM   #2
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I love when gear works like it should. How much were they?
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:57 PM   #3
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I think they were $149
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Old 09-18-2015, 12:03 AM   #4
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I wear Danner Pronghorns when I do a lot of walking following my hounds.

Comfortable, tough boots.
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Old 09-18-2015, 11:57 PM   #5
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Old 09-19-2015, 10:30 PM   #6
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Thanks for the real world info
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Old 09-19-2015, 10:46 PM   #7
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I have been looking at those very boots for a while now and you just sold me on them. I read a similar article in Bowhunter last year about these boots but you just did it for me. Thanks and Happy Hunting this year.
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Old 09-19-2015, 10:51 PM   #8
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Great to hear that. You never know if magazine reviews are biased or not.
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:20 PM   #9
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Those are what my buddy had elk hunting. Loved them. I looking for a mid high tennis shoe type and I think under armor just came out with one
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:21 PM   #10
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Good boots
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:32 PM   #11
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I ordered these yesterday. I'm glad to hear your feet were dry, a few of the cabelas reviews had guys complaining of wet feet
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:41 PM   #12
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I guess some brands just fit certain people better than other brands - just a matter of finding the one for you. For me it is Danner. I have a pair of Promghorns, Jackals and the Sharptail snakeboots I don't think they make anymore. I have never had sore feet after wearing any of them
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Old 10-13-2015, 07:51 PM   #13
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I got these boots after ready this review. I got them on sale at Cabelas and wore them right out of the box on a 4 day scouting trip. Lots of walking through very damp grass. I was very pleased with these boots. Thanks for posting
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Old 10-13-2015, 09:51 PM   #14
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I got these boots after ready this review. I got them on sale at Cabelas and wore them right out of the box on a 4 day scouting trip. Lots of walking through very damp grass. I was very pleased with these boots. Thanks for posting

Great to hear!
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Old 10-13-2015, 10:05 PM   #15
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Had the same exact pair....leaked walking through wet grass. They were comfortable though!
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Old 10-14-2015, 07:08 AM   #16
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I bought the same ones before Bily Lovec and I went on our bear hunt.
I liked them so much, I bought the insulated ones when I got back.

It's hard to find a comfortable boot. It's even harder to find one that requires minimal break in.

You really do get what you pay for with Danners!
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Old 10-14-2015, 08:05 AM   #17
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I bought the same ones before Bily Lovec and I went on our bear hunt.
I liked them so much, I bought the insulated ones when I got back.

It's hard to find a comfortable boot. It's even harder to find one that requires minimal break in.

You really do get what you pay for with Danners!

Something doesn't ring true with that post. I don't mean to call you out. But Randy doesn't hunt.


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Old 10-14-2015, 08:21 AM   #18
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Something doesn't ring true with that post. I don't mean to call you out. But Randy doesn't hunt.


I guess there is some truth to that, but he will split the expenses on a trip!

And he did shoot a bear ... out of a tree ... with an ASSAULT rifle!

The part about the boots is true, though. I swear!
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Old 10-14-2015, 08:22 AM   #19
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Assault rifle.....I bet it was worth more than my house.

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Old 10-14-2015, 08:27 AM   #20
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Great and timely review. I grabbed my hunting boots just before season to clean them up and discovered a rat had decided to turn the heel of mine into nesting material. I've been wearing rubber boots so far this season but don't care for them as I walk a good distance to the stand and they're cold come winter.

BTW-I was with ya until that hole jogging part...

I'll be hitting the GM in Sugarland this week.
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Old 10-14-2015, 08:40 AM   #21
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Shoooooot. This fat boy runs 3+ miles every other day.
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Old 10-14-2015, 11:46 PM   #22
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I wear the Danner Jackal and they are BA! Comfortable, flexible and super quiet.
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:01 PM   #23
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Good review, thanks
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Old 10-25-2015, 09:07 AM   #24
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I've got two different models of Danner boots and both are as comfortable as a pair of good sneakers.
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Old 10-25-2015, 09:13 AM   #25
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Well I've been looking for a good hunting boot. No luck. I found some Irish Setters than where really comfortable and dry at first but fell apart very quick.. Started leaking by the end of season and the soles coming apart...JUNK..!!!
Haven't tried these yet though. Thanks for the info.
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Old 10-25-2015, 09:17 AM   #26
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They've been making good boots for many many years. I'm on my 5th pair. Danner coveytail were the best snake boots ever made.
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Old 10-25-2015, 09:24 AM   #27
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sweet report. I'm already looking for my elk boots for next year so this may be them.

Thanks.
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Old 10-25-2015, 09:28 AM   #28
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Thank you for the review Seņor Chew. I have been looking for a pair of humting boots that will satisfy my needs. These boots appear to be a good match for what I am seeking. I use danner brand boots while on duty and know that danner produces a good product. I will be trying out a pair soon.
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