Like the device our forefathers used to load their muskets, the Danner Powderhorns are the reliable piece of equipment we should never leave home without. And after nine months of heavy use, I’m happy to say I’ve found my go-to boot for most hunts.
They’ve guided me through multiple long seasons with temperatures ranging between 30 and 70 degrees, from a stalking whitetail for hours on a farm outside of Pennsboro, W.Va., to the early-morning hike out to wait for a gobbler near Hagerstown, Md., to the warm afternoons searching the woods for morels, these boots have seen every situation typical for my area.
The laces are still holding tight and the shaft is as form-fitting as it was coming out of the box. The boots are as comfortable as ever, and the outsole still looks brand new. The most damage they’ve taken are scratches on the toe, which is expected after crashing through briar patches for months. They even lasted during a 7-mile hike through Dolly Sods in the middle of the West Virginia winter, helping me stay warm until we got back into our car.
Before and after
If I had to complain about them, I’d point out two things. First, I’d have to say that they aren’t friendly to your calf and ankles if you’re hiking for long distances – 10-plus miles – in backcountry terrain, but in a normal hunting situation you’re stopping now and then, so this isn’t that big of a deal anyway. Second, it’s that I can’t find enough reasons to wear them.
I bought the 400-gram Thinsulate model, which keeps me warm in my mild winters and chilly springs but in the summer they do get pretty hot. This is why I decided to buy another Danner product, the Trail 2650 hiking boots. That aside, I’m excited to take these boots out for many years to come, especially since they’re reconstructable for a small fee from Danner – cheaper than buying a new set, that’s for sure.
I’ve put these boots through the test. I’ve run them through water, soggy marshland, slippery and rocky terrain and more. While I wouldn’t recommend you taking them through high-water for long periods of time, they’ll hold up for a minute or so. If you do take them through hell or high water, run them over your boot drier for a few hours, and they’re as good as new.
I’ve never been happier with a pair of boots, and Danner is one hell of a company to “boot!” If you’re in the market for a solid vehicle for your feet for these upcoming hunting seasons, head to danner.com, spend that $240 and add these to your arsenal. You won’t regret it.