Danner created a comfortable and durable work boot with the Danner Vicious 400G. The boots are lightweight, quick to lace and will make your daily workload much more bearable.
Is there really a difference from one manufacturer of boots to another manufacturer of boots? The answer is simple, yes there is a difference. If you don't believe me, just ask your feet. As you know when you step, you not only put pressure on your foot, but that pressure gets transferred up through your ankles, to your knees, and onto your back. So yes, you need to get the correct work boot for your feet. So let's get right into the Danner Boot Review.
Danner Boot Review Overview
Danner is a company that a lot of people are familiar with but they are new to Tools in Action. Now before these boots, I had never heard of Danner. Funny thing is they have been making footwear since 1932. Now asking around to the contractors and friends we know, from the people who have heard of Danner, well let's just say they all had great things to say about their boots.
When you think about it, it's pretty hard to make a great work boot since not everyone has the same foot design or the same step. With that said, I think that is why you have two types of companies. The ones who are serious about their boot making and those who just want to outsource their boot and make a couple of bucks.
Danner is one of those companies who take their boot making business serious. They have been making boots since 1932. Their focus is not making one boot that fits all. They design different types of boots for different types of applications. Looking more into the boot, you will see how the Vicious 400G is designed for the worker and the guy who is up on his feet all day.
Danner Boot Review Features
The Danner boots are an 8″ high boot that is insulted. The boots meet or exceed ASTM F2892-11 EH. The boots weigh in at 66 oz. per pair or 33 oz. per boot.
The boot also features a dual-density EVA midsole for extra shock absorption and comfort. The heel is a 90-degree heel which means it is great for outside and inside working conditions.
The boots are waterproof with a breathable Gore-Tex liner.
While the toe doesn't offer the complete coverage like Keen does, it does have a higher rubber front to provide protection against skids and bumps. I like the looks of these boots in the front much better than the Keens. These have a Non-Metallic Toe so you have all the protection without the downside of steel toe boots.
The boots are made from a quality leather. On the heel of the boot, there is a different and durable fabric to help protect the boot.
The boot features four lace eyes made from a metal and plastic material.
On the top of the boot, there are four quick clip lace holders. This is called the Danner speed system. The Danner speed system allows the user to tighten from toe to top with one swift tug for a secure, tight fit.
The boot is doubled stitched which offers durability and longevity.
On the back of the boot, there is a nice tapper part so when you are walking, the back of the boot isn't hitting you in the back of the leg.
The sole is oil and slip resistant. Plus it's manufactured with non-conductive electrical shock resistant sole.
Danner Boot Review Performance
As you would expect, they are exactly what Danner claims, they are waterproof. The one item I noticed about this boot compared to other waterproof work boots is how the water beads.
Other brands we have tested that are waterproof, when they get wet, you can see they were exposed to moisture. Yes, the insides didn't get wet, but you can tell on the outside. With the Danner boots, the water just beaded off and couldn't even tell they were exposed to water. Now I am not sure if one is better than the other, but to me, I would think a shoe that beads water off compared to one that absorbs, the one that beads would stay cleaner and also last longer. But that is just a guess.
These rank as one of the most comfortable work boots we have tested over the years. Didn't matter if I was walking on uneven ground or concrete, the boots were extremely comfortable.
Danner Boot Review Value
The boots retail for $220 on Danner's website. Normally I would squawk at a high price piece of work gear. However, since these are boots and can make or break your day, $220 is worth the price.
The boots not only offer comfort, but they offer protection and are designed to last. So I think this is a fair price for these boots.
Danner Boot Review Final Thought
This is my first pair of Danner boots and so far I have been highly impressed with the construction, comfort and the fit of the boot. As I said before, everyone has different feet, different pressure points etc, so I am not saying Danner is a one size fits all. However, from what I have experienced and what I have heard from others, the Danner Vicous boot is a great boot and I am sure most people will agree.