Danner Mountain Light II

This U.S.-built boot is like stepping into a tank lined with velvet.
Mountain Light II

Specs

Waterproof
Membrane Gore-Tex

 

Men's Sizes Start 6
Men's Sizes End 15

Made in Portland, Oregon, using only American materials, this heavy-duty boot costs (and weighs) more than most in its category. But the Gore-Tex-lined, full-grain leather is hike-forever tough, and the Vibram Kletterlift sole can easily be replaced, thanks to the Norwegian welt construction. Supportive yet comfortable, it’s like stepping into a tank lined with velvet.

$310; 3 lbs. 14 oz.; danner.com