Danner High Ground Optifade boot review

Check out the review and specifications for the Danner High Ground Optifade boot and you decide it is good enough for your feet.

The Danner High Ground Optifade boot is a high-performance hunting boot designed to provide comfort and protection in a variety of hunting environments. The boot features a durable leather and nylon upper, a Gore-Tex waterproof lining, and a Vibram outsole for excellent traction.


Upper: Leather and nylon with camouflage print
Outsole: Vibram with multi-directional lugs
Midsole: Polyurethane for cushioning and support
Lining: Gore-Tex for waterproof and breathable protection
EVA footbed for added cushioning and support
Danner Plyolite midsole for lightweight comfort and shock absorption
TPU heel clip for enhanced stability
Weight: 56 oz
Height: 8″
Color options: Optifade Subalpine
Available sizes: US Men’s 7-15, half sizes to 12.5

Overall, I like the Danner High Ground Optifade 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.

I work as an environmental consultant for a living and spend all day in and out of field. 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 4 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.


The Danner High Ground Optifade boot is a great choice for hunters who need a durable and comfortable boot for a variety of hunting environments. The leather and nylon upper is tough and durable, while the Gore-Tex lining provides excellent waterproof and breathable protection. The Vibram outsole offers great traction on a variety of surfaces, while the Polyurethane midsole and EVA footbed provide cushioning and support. The Danner Plyolite midsole is lightweight and offers shock absorption, making these boots comfortable to wear all day long. The TPU heel clip adds extra stability, while the Optifade Subalpine camouflage print keeps you concealed in the field. The boots come in a range of sizes to fit any foot, and are designed to meet the demands of serious hunters.

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