Founded in the 1940's, Portland-based Danner design and manufacture outdoor boots and shoes for hikers, hunters, workers, military personnel and outdoor lovers. The original Jag made its debut back in the 1980's before being retired to the hiking heap for 30 years but now it's back but is it better than ever?
The first thing you'll notice about the Jags is the classic 80's styling. Whether you opt for the slightly more expensive full grain leather/textile or prefer to roll with the suede/nylon version, the Jag is all about the retro hipster look, so twizzle that beard, grab an almond milk latte to go and head out on the trail.
Far from being all fashion and no function, the Jag packs a decent punch when it comes to on-trail performance with a Dry liner which is 100% waterproof and keeps feet dry whilst also letting sweaty tootsies breathe.
Rugged and durable yet undeniably lightweight, the Jags are best suited to fast low altitude hikes on even ground. The flexible sole facilitates freedom of movement and the lightweight EVA midsole offers great cushioning underfoot. Grip-wise the Retro Danner waffle outsole is adequate as long as you're travelling in easy terrain, head into steep, slippery terrain with rocks and roots and the Jags will more than likely come unstuck.
Wear them on wet Sunday walks with the family, on your daily commute through the park, or simply wear them with a pair of jeans in your local. The Jags are a versatile and stylish pair of lightweight hiking boots that fit perfectly with today's urban outdoor uniform.