Danner RAT vs Danner High Ground boot review


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Danner® RAT Temperate Military Boots Review by CT
The first pair of danners I put on I was impressed with. As much as I was impressed with that first pair over other boots, I am that much impressed with this pair over those. I’ve read reviews where people said “no break in” before, and thought people were exaggerating. I put my foot in these boots, and I could flex my foot in in direction: forward, backward, right, left and they boot just moved with my foot with no discomfort. I could bend down and flex the toe and the supple leather in both the toe and the back of the boot just flexed perfectly with my movement. These are amazing. I tied them as tight as I would a pair of boots a year old and they just moved with my foot perfectly. I can’t emphasis enough how there was absolutely no break in with these boots.

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Danner® RAT Temperate Military Boots Review by William
Not to be redundant, echoing the sentiments of other reviewers…but, truly the best all around boot going. Very comfortable, little to no break in time. The only negative I foresee in regards to these boots is their appearance; they’re beautiful! I’m going to have to muster up the courage at some point, to actually wear these for their intended purpose (heavy field work).

Danner High Ground boot review by Joe
Overall, I like the boot. Fit as expected. It required zero break-in period. UNINSULATED. Which is what I wanted for summer wading.

I have only owned these for a couple months so I am unsure of the durability of the boots. However, I am concerned with the eyelets on the lower portion of the boot. I am sure that Danner used the nylon eyelets to keep cost down but this is a major concern of mine. How long will these eyelets go before they break? Time will tell.

Danner Men’s High Ground 8 Realtree Extra Hiking Boot,Brown/Green,10.5 D US

I inspect bridges for a living and spend all day in and out of water. Totaling around 250 days a year. We do lots of climbing, hiking, side hills, boulders, sloping concrete slabs, etc. These give adequate footing in MOST situations. If you are going after bighorn sheep, you will need to look for something with more stability. These are fairly lightweight, much like a well built tennis shoe only with an 8″ top.

Over the years, I have had limited trouble with Danner products in general. I have one pair of insulated boots that are around 8 years old and still going strong. I have had a couple of different models fail me in the waterproof department but these are holding water at bay, for now.

So, I would give these a 3 1/2 star mostly for the nylon eyelets on the lower portion of the boot. The remainder of the boot I would give a 4 1/2 star. Good boot but has some small issues.
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Questions from our readers.

Question: What is the deal with using the extra eyelets on RAT boots? You will need these when you really want to cinch up the boots and keep them tight.

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