Review: Danner Vital 8″ Hunting Boots

I’ve recently had the opportunity to try some new boots from Danner, and they’ve really impressed me. Manufacturer Specs Style: 41550 Weight: 47 oz per pair (I measured my size 12s at 51 ounces) Height: 8″ Insulated: No Color: Brown Footbed: Cushioning Molded PU Shank: Nylon Last Type: DT4 Waterproof: Yes Liner: Danner® Dry Outsole: Danner® Vital Recraftable: No Manufacturing: Imported (Mine were made in Vietnam) In the Field From the first day I pulled these boots on and laced them up, I was hooked. They are easy to pull on and off thanks to the speed lace hooks, which are fast and easy to use, and I believe this is the most comfortable pair of boots I’ve ever had right out of the box. I wore them heavily while hunting deer, including one week in particular when it never stopped raining for days on end. My feet stayed dry, and I didn’t mind lacing and unlacing these boots, even though I had slip-on rubber boots I could have worn. This is usually when most boots will leak, but these Danner Vitals did not… and that’s impressive. The lacing system is just about perfect; I can snug the lower laces easily by just pulling them, then work the laces up the hooks. But I can’t seem to stay away from these Danners, which are much more comfortable than other, more expensive boots. Disclosure A review sample was provided by the manufacturer.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

I love me some good boots, and quality footwear is important for any outdoor activity. I’ve recently had the opportunity to try some new boots from Danner, and they’ve really impressed me.

(Photo © Russ Chastain)
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The model is Vital, and I’ve been using these boots heavily for the past six months. Danner’s PR material for this model says, “Lightweight and fast, the Vital is a versatile staple for the agile hunter.”

I can’t say I’m all that agile these days, but I have used these boots for everything from walking wooded properties to clearing and building fencelines through the woods to moving and loading furniture to hunting in the rain for days on end, and they have yet to disappoint me. That’s saying a lot, because I’m notoriously demanding and selective, especially when it comes to reviews… and for once, I have nothing to complain about.

(Photo © Russ Chastain)
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

These boots are available with or without insulation; mine are style 41550, which are not insulated. Here’s some info from Danner:

  • Abrasion-Resistant Leather & Textile Upper: A specialized process is used to impregnate split leather with polyurethane to create an exceptionally durable and abrasion resistant leather. We’ve paired the leather with 900 denier polyester to create a hard-wearing upper.
  • Danner Dry: 100% waterproof barrier allows moisture to escape without letting water in, keeping your feet dry and comfortable all day long.
  • Lock & Load Lacing System: Reengineered ghilles across the forefoot for a secure, yet quiet fit, and locking speed hooks for quick lacing.
  • Open Cell Polyurethane Footbed: Our polyurethane footbed provides superior shock absorption with an additional layer of open cell construction for improved air circulation.
  • Danner Plyolite midsole: All-new Danner midsole offering lightweight comfort and durability.
  • Danner Vital Outsole: Multi-directional lugs provide grip on moss, rock and slick surfaces.
  • Mesh Lined Tongue Construction: Features a mesh liner layered over a waterproof membrane on…
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