Any hunter knows that having wet feet just plain sucks – having a cold, wet feet sucks even more.
A good pair of hunting boots should be light, durable, breathable, and waterproof. However, there are a few pairs that can claim high marks from these said qualities. Finding the right pair of boots for hunting can be a tough task especially when you’re a beginner. With so many different styles and brands out there, shopping for a pair can be downright confusing.
If you are open to suggestions, we have a pair that might just be right for your needs. Today, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the Danner hunting boots.
Danner is considered to be one of America’s most trusted names in heavy-duty footwear. Many of their boots have seen extensive use in the military, law enforcement, work, and outdoor activities like hunting. The company was first founded in 1932, so it’s not exactly a new brand.
When it comes to hunting, Danner has become a widely known name within the hunting community. Their boots are known for having quality materials, advanced waterproof features, and innovative design. Basically, a pair of Danner boots should be able to handle anything that you throw at it.
On top of selling footwear, Danner also offers other products like boot care products, socks, accessories, and clothing.
The Pronghorn line of boots is one of the most popular products by Danner. For this review, we’re going to mainly talk about the Danner Men’s Pronghorn 800G Hunting Boot.
First, let’s take a look t the key specs of the pair:
So what makes these Danner hunting boots special? Here are some of its most noteworthy features:
The boots are made from full-grain leather that has been struck through with Danner’s patented marbling called CamoHide. Full grain leather is of the of the finest quality materials that you can use for a pair of boots. What I love about full grain leather is that it’s not buffed, sanded or snuffed. This may keep the imperfections intact but it gives an all-natural beauty and not to mention, incredible toughness.
Over time, the leather of these boots will get a desirable “patina” which can only be achieved through age, use, and exposure to sunlight. This gives the boot a unique look.
True enough, the Danner Pronghorn Boots are tough and beautiful to look at. Even after continued use while outdoors, my pair is still going strong.
The Pronghorn is highly waterproof and breathable, thanks to its Gore-Tex liners. This makes the pair ideal for the extreme weather conditions and intensive activities like hunting. Gore-Tex is also highly breathable which gives superior comfort while keeping your feet nice and dry.
I thought that Gore-Tex was nothing more than marketing hype but I was proven wrong with the Pronghorn.
Some models of the Pronghorn feature a camo design that really completes the look of the boots. However, I am skeptical if this helps with concealing my silhouette in the woods but I must that it looks great.
Maybe the single highest praise that I can give to the Pronghorn is that it became my new “go-to” elk boot. I used to spend an ungodly amount of time agonizing which boots to wear during my yearly elk hunts.
This is mainly because the Pronghorn features an amazing insulation technology.
First off, the pair feels really warm even during the colder months. This can be attributed to the excellent 800G Thinsulate Ultra Insulation that the boots have. I’ve been testing the Pronghorn in -20 degrees and never once got cold feet. Despite the heavy-duty insulation, the boots are still considerably lighter than my other hunting pairs.
The Pronghorn 800G Hunting Boot features the fourth-generation outsole which does a great job of handling a wide range of terrains. The outsole feels sufficiently rugged which gives you the confidence that it can get the job done.
The outsole provides the much-needed grip which is good for muddy conditions. Plus, the outsole fits seamlessly with the Pronghorn’s streamlined design.
Although it’s a very heavy-duty boot, the Pronghorn is still surprisingly comfortable.
Normally, I’d expect a feature-packed pair of boots to cut corners and it’s usually the comfort the goes into the chopping block. That’s not the case at all with the Pronghorn.
The pair provides great support and comfort, even when the conditions are less than favorable. The boots are also quite comfortable out of the box. This means that I don’t have to break in the pair for hours in a rocky mountain just to achieve optimal comfort.
As mentioned, the Pronghorn stands out for its insulation which means that my feet were kept warm and dry during most of my outings. It really is the warmest pair in my collection. The Pronghorn is also a very lightweight pair which I really appreciate when I’m out in the wild for hours.
Overall, the boots offer a great fit.
I love the fact that the Pronghorn has a roomy toe box. However, I feel that the roomy toe box is a bit of a double-edged sword. The roomy toes allow me to throw on a thick pair of wool socks and not feel too constricted.
On the flip side, wearing a thinner pair of socks would have the ball slide around too much within the toe box. This is one of the main downsides of a versatile pair like the Pronghorn.
For the most part, you will need to wear tall socks since these pairs are true to size.
So to summarize, here are the pros and cons of the Pronghorn Danner Hunting Boots.
In case the Pronghorn turns out to be not your cup of tea, here are some other boots that you can check out:
The Irish Setter Men’s 2870 Vaprtrek Waterproof 8″ Hunting Boot is a top-seller on Amazon, so it’s hard not to recommend this one.
The boot features the UltraDry construction which combines a moisture management lining with waterproof components. This gives you a dry, long-lasting comfort. The RPM technology boasts a breakthrough composite material that greatly reduces the weight of the boot.
A worthy alternative to the Pronghorn at around the same budget.
If you prefer a more traditional pair of rubber hunting boots, the Lacrosse Men’s Alphaburly Pro 18” 1600G Hunting Boot is worth checking out.
The boots are made of rubber and neoprene which makes it highly waterproof and naturally insulated. The material also lends itself to be a great all-terrain pair. The inside is lined with neoprene liner which provides top comfort and air circulation.
This pair of Danner Hunting Boots is easy to recommend.
It is tough, durable, waterproof, and well-insulated. The toe box and the fit can be a little too wide but it’s not enough to be knocked down a peg.
This is a very high-quality pair of hunting boots for the money.