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Danner Jag review

Lightweight and versatile, with pleasingly retro looks, the Danner Jags are a good compromise between leather and fabric walking boots

Danner Jag
(Image: © Danner)

Our Verdict

Those handsome retro looks make these boots versatile enough to wear in town as well as in the country, which goes further to justify the stiffer price tag.

For

  • Cushioning soles
  • Light weight for leather
  • Great looks

Against

  • The leather needs regular care
  • Not enough insulation to wear in winter

Danner’s boots have accrued a hipster fan club for their beautiful looks and their starring role in the 2014 film Wild – but there’s plenty of substance as well as style packed into these all-American boots. 

Our favourite model is the Jag, which is a great marriage of fabric and leather. The Jags are pleasingly lightweight at 411g, and a waterproof liner proved weatherproof and breathable enough to work brilliantly in spring, summer and autumn when we tested them in the wild – there’s a reason these boots have been popular since they arrived on the scene in the 80s. 

The Jag’s cushioning insoles and light, flexible outer soles are comfortable underfoot, but don’t offer enough grip to deal with rocks, roots and scrambles – these boots will only excel on country lanes and easier routes in the hills. Some reviewers have found Danner’s sizing off-kilter, so it could be worth trying on a few sizes around your usual fit.  

We tested the Jags while walking in the Lake District in autumn – on test they proved reliably weatherproof, and light and supple enough underfoot to feel comfortable even on long hikes higher up in the fells. 

We were also impressed with breathability – your feet won’t overheat even when you’re hiking hard, thanks to an effect mesh lining. The inners soles are particularly comfortable, and were some of the most cushioned we tested – if you’re after a boot with leather looks but more comfort, these are a great choice. 

The Jag’s fabric panels do start to look dirty quickly when you’re hiking on wet terrain – if you’re buying these boots for their good looks as much as for their performance, you’ll need to clean them regularly.