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Old 03-10-2014, 6:38 PM
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Looking into Danner Boots. They are having a sale on the Acadia since it's being phased out and it's about 50% off for Made in USA boots.

Looking between the Desert Acadia which has Dri-Lex lining provides vapor transport. No gore-tex for waterproofing. Guess it's meant for hot weather. But since it's upper is made from rough-out leather (suede), wonder if it will be ok for the occasional puddle or crossing a very small stream while hiking?

The other pair I'm looking at are the Desert Acadia 400G. It has waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX liner will keep you dry and the 400 grams of Thinsulate Insulation will keep you warm. Will the 400g of Thinsulate be too much for normal so. cal weather (summer?)?

Reviews on-line seems to be good for the Acadias. Anyone have experience with them? Thanks.

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I have a different Danner with 400 grams of insulation.

Great for the snow when out in 0-20 degree weather.

When it is 50-60, my soaks get wet when walking for quail.

Too hit to wear most of the year in so cal.

With that said, the deals section has a 20% off coupon for Danner.

If they are on close out, get both.

The Arcadias normally run around $260 a pair.
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Old 03-10-2014, 8:18 PM
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Thanks. I was afraid that the 400g thinsulate would be a little warm, but really wanted the Gore-tex for waterproofing.

Guess I will order the "Hot" with only dri-lex lining. I normally wear "EE" on regular shoes, but Danner only have 4E on the "hot" so I hope it's not too wide. But I heard they usually run narrow as a rule though. Can anyone confirm this?
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Danner RAT and Danner Arcadia are my favorites boots in the military. They are very comfortable and easy on the feet. The fit is also great, I really don't have to break in mine. When we hike I still go for my Danner's even though it's heavier than my Bates and other boots.

If you worry about the cold you can always layer with wool socks.
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Acadias are the best boots I've owned.
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I have a pair of vietnamese made hunting boots from danner, the fit and finish is OK, lots of rough seems on the inside and very stiff so I won't be spending +200 on a pair of danners again, especially via mail-order...which makes it a PITA to return.


I wear Bellville boots on duty, best money I've spent on boots to date.




200G is the max I go from winter to summer, it's def a little much in the summer where I hunt(El Centro) ut it's more than enough for the rest of the year in so cal. Rough out without waterproofing is going to soak quickly, I have to wear my danners from sunrise until the dew dries in the fields or my feet are soaked through after only a few yards.
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I'm wearing Acadias now- great boots, very well made. Do you mind sharing where you see them at 50% off? I would like to pick up a pair.
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I have a pair of vietnamese made hunting boots from danner, the fit and finish is OK, lots of rough seems on the inside and very stiff so I won't be spending +200 on a pair of danners again, especially via mail-order...which makes it a PITA to return.

I wear Bellville boots on duty, best money I've spent on boots to date.
I've got a set of Belleville Kiowa boots that I love for dry weather backpacking and hunting trips...the insoles didn't give me trouble but I did swap them out with some "superfeet" green insoles.
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Old 03-14-2014, 8:31 AM
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Thanks for the feed back!!

The two that are on sale are the Dessert Acadia "Hot" which has NO gore-tex or thinsulate (just dri-lex lining). Would NOT be good for wet environment...but for so cal hiking or bug out boot with some water proofing spray, it should work. These are going for $170 (Plus 20% off with "Extra20" code)

The other is the Dessert Acadia 400G which has gore-tex and 400 gram of thinsulate. So good for winter or wet environments since it has gore-tex. These are nice, but looks like it will be a little too hot for most of So. Cal use. Currently $180 (plus 20% off with above code).

But the sale has been going on for a week now, so most of the common sizes are gone now. Hope they still have your size.

After doing more research, this Acadia line form Danner seems to get very good reviews. These are USA made, not the other type which is made in vietnam or china and still cost $200. For $150, you will get made in the USA boots. Just wish they had the "hot" line with gore-tex for sale, but I guess it's so cheap because they want to blow out the left over stock.

Here is the link:
http://www.danner.com/boots/desert-acadia-8-tan.html

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Honestly, after a few years of wearing heavy boots in the mil, I don't understand why people would willingly buy a pair considering all the other options out there. But if you must...

-Gore-Tex = over rated unless you are in a cold environment. In the vast majority of situations, having a boot that will let you dry out quickly is more important than not getting your feet wet. If you attempt to wear goretex in a hot or humid environment, the sweat will pool in your boot and you can get trench foot really easily; I don't care how much the manufacturers say gore tex can "breathe". Even the RAT boot and the regular Acadias are too thick to let your feet dry quickly.

If sturdiness is your most important quality in a boot, Danners are the way to go. And yes, for what they are they are the most comfy out there. Otherwise, I'd take a look at Lowas, Vasque, or Merrels. Many models can be had for similar prices.
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Any model from Lowas is comparable? I'm mostly looking for comfort and sturdy construction. Tired of the soles coming apart when the glue fails with use or heat from asphalt.

I got the Hot weather pair with no gore-tex or thinsulate. Just the dri-lex lining that suppose to dry to out pretty fast (according to manufacture anyways).
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This style seems to be pretty popular in certain military units, although I was never allowed to wear them myself: http://www.lowaboots.com/catalog/zep...f/3105320410/8

Honestly I don't know if any civilian oriented boots are necessarily comparable in the sturdiness area. Most boots that are designed to be more comfortable tend to wear out more quickly in the sole area. Thru-hikers of the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail go thru 2-4 pairs. That being said, most military people will bring an extra set of boots to last them through a deployment anyway. No matter what you choose, you will have to replace/re-sole eventually anyway. And, just because it's designed for the military doesn't mean that the soles won't come apart. I've seen the soles on the standard issue Army boot come apart on numerous occasions. Danners seem to be the exception.

I forgot to mention Rocky boots, which was my favorite pair when I was in the military. They seem to be the boot of choice for dudes going through Ranger school. Never had a sole "come apart" despite heavy wear, but it did wear away over time. Here is my pair after a year in Iraq and 2 years in garrison (disclaimer - not a grunt, but I did do some decent hiking in them):

Sorry if I'm over-complicating your boot choice, just my 02c. Anyway, like I said Danners are the way to go if you want sturdy.

Edit: for picture size
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I bought a pair of Danner boots for hunting with 400 gm of thinsulation. It is one of the best boots i own. I use it for hunting and on cold days to work (i work at a mechanic shop) and it is warm and comfortable. I would not wear it on even a cool day because it does make your toes pretty warm. When i was backpacking i had a pair of Rockys that has no thinsulation but is gortex lined. It worked great until one day my wife said the boots stink and decided to soak in in a bucket of bleach. That tore the gortex lining apart and now it is no longer waterproof. :-/
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I don't have the model the OP is asking about but I also wear Danner's
for hunting. The model I have are "Pronghorns".

Very comfy and sturdy boot.
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Why not get a lighter boot for warm weather? Plenty of better warm weather boots out there.
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I have owned two pairs of Danner Elk Hunter model boots over the last 15+ years. I never wear them anywhere but in the woods, and I literally have worn a pair out. I really like them, the Elk Hunters are similar in some ways to the Acadia in design and construction. American Made. Elk Hunter are all leather. One thing though it seems that Danner boots run on the narrow side of there sizing. If you have narrower feet you probably will be very happy with the Danners. Keep in mind that they now have two lines, like most boot manufactures, including Red Wing. Their originals types made in the USA with traditional construction methods, and their foreign line which tend to be made with newer methods, and tend to be less expensive models.
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I have owned two pairs of Danner Elk Hunter model boots over the last 15+ years. I never wear them anywhere but in the woods, and I literally have worn a pair out. I really like them, the Elk Hunters are similar in some ways to the Acadia in design and construction. American Made. Elk Hunter are all leather. One thing though it seems that Danner boots run on the narrow side of there sizing. If you have narrower feet you probably will be very happy with the Danners. Keep in mind that they now have two lines, like most boot manufactures, including Red Wing. Their originals types made in the USA with traditional construction methods, and their foreign line which tend to be made with newer methods, and tend to be less expensive models.

This is my biggest problem with the pair I have. I have a wide foot so I'm constantly stepping on the outer edge of the insole and after a short time I get a blister. I did change insoles and that provided some relief but after two-three 10 hour days on the trail I'm beat up pretty bad.

http://www.danner.com/boots/pronghorn/

specifically these...wish I would have read the reviews first because besides the water-proofing(which I haven't had a problem with) everything else is spot on.

http://www.danner.com/boots/pronghor...ther-200g.html

I'm not sure where they get off describing these as 'faster' or 'lighter'. They are the heaviest, clunkiest boots I've ever owned...maybe they are faster and lighter than space boots or something.
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So I happened to be in a Basspro yesterday with some giftcards when I happened across these:

http://www.basspro.com/Irish-Setter-...3062610310931/


I bought them on the spot after feeling how comfortable they are, they are also waterproof. These boots feel just like my Bellveille duty boots(OP seems interested in that style). The only concern I have is the amount of glue they used without any type of stitching to secure the upper/lower halves of the boot, in my experience they tend to come unglued when abused.


I'm keeping the box and receipt but these are pretty sweet boots so I hope they last.
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