The Good Stuff: Danner Canadian Hunting Boots

I once edited an F&S boot-buyer's-guide extravaganza, after which the folks at Danner requested that I keep and use the photo-prop Canadian Hunting Boots that I just happened to get in my size. Well, what could I say?

I have since beaten the hell out of them. They have been all over the country for deer and a variety of other critters--up ragged crags, down snowy slopes, through cedar swamps, cattail sloughs, and mountain creeks. Meanwhile, I have not given them anything like the care they deserve. They are now 15 years old. Yes, 15--and they are still my primary hunting boots, still waterproof, still sporting plenty of tread.

Now here's the thing: Back when I was a young editor with very little expendable cash, I remember thinking of my new freebie Danners: These are great, but if I were spending my own money, there's no way--no way!--I would drop over $300 on a pair of boots.

Now, as an older editor with very little expendable cash, I'm telling you that Danner Canadians are unequivocally worth every penny. (For the record, I haven't spoken to anyone at Danner in ages; I surely haven't spent the last 15 years worried that someone at the company thinks I owe them some ink.) Danner Canadians are worth $370 because they are one incredibly tough pair of American-made boots, period.