Taking the time to break in good hiking boots is hard, especially when you finally get the boots a few weeks before your trip, and well… time just runs away with you. It’s a good thing a few boots are so comfortable that you don’t really need to spend a lot of time breaking them in, like the Danner Mountain 600 boots.

A few months ago, I went to the Outdoor Retailer show with a new pair of boots made by an old favorite brand. I’d never needed to break in their boots before, so incorrectly assumed that the pattern would follow. After the first day, I had blisters all over my feet.

Luckily, on the second day, I was handed a pair of Danner Mountain 600 boots. The entire rest of the show, I had zero problems. They’re on my feet now in Svalbard, Norway, and I’m glad I have them along.

The boots have a classic style, but modern performance. The Mountain 600 has a Vibram SPE (Special Performance Elastomer) midsole, combining the best properties of rubber and EVA to provide lightweight cushioning that won’t break down easily over time. The Vibram Fuga outsole with Megagrip compound gives the boot great traction on both wet and dry terrain. And to withstand the wettest conditions, there’s a durable suede upper with waterproof Danner Dry lining.

The suede that’s used in the Mountain 600 is lightweight, waterproof and has superior abrasion-resistant qualities that hold up to all your rugged adventures. The boot has minimal seams, which means nothing’s rubbing against your feet and causing blisters.

The boots are available for women and men, with some subtle differences in the color choice.

Danner Mountain 600 boots for women come in brown/red and hazelwood/yellow, and list for $180 on the Danner site. They’re also available at Amazon.

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