Danner wanted to give wildland firefighters and smokejumpers the toughest, safest, most comfortable boot that human hands could build. To make it happen, They used Vibram Fire Logger outsoles, special Nomex stitching, and fire-retardant leather. Danner put these pieces together in a boot that was designed for exceptional comfort, fit, and durability.
Made in the USA with domestic and imported components
Fire, puncture and water-resistant 8 oz full-grain leather upper
Triple-stitched with Nomex® fire-resistant thread for ultimate durability and protection
Additional 7 oz leather layer in toe for abrasion resistance
Cushioning PU footbed
Handcrafted, stitchdown construction for strength and stability
Vibram® 360° Logger Fire & Ice outsole offers heat resistance and superior edging and traction on rugged terrain
Great boot. I know they will be more comfortable once they are broken in fire boots are always a pain to break in. The boot loop assist did break the first time I used it...it feels a bit too soft and thin to take and kind of pull oh well not as important as the overall boot.
These are great boots. Light, comfortable, and break in well. They grip well in all terrain and soil/rock conditions. They’re a good quality boot and well worth the 4 bills. For the ground pounders and tool swingers you’ll be happy you bought them. One word of advice, they run a 1/2 size big but the width is perfect.
Cell tower climber Have to break them in. Two weeks in and they are almost there. Where the laces end inside boot that area is tight on top of foot and will wear a blister. Its a thick tough leather boot, to be expected. Wish they made the Flashpoint with goretex. I Love them.
Over the years I have had many pair of Danner boots that I like and held up to the job. These boots did not. I fight fire out of northern Idaho and the boots have only lasted me one season, while many brands hold up to atleast four. Bottom line, the boots cannot do the job and while leave you in a bad spot if your depending on them. Bad design. The main problem being the exposed stitching on the heel, and the inability to keep the heel attached. Otherwise the matierials seem of good quailty and the boot has been holding up decent, there is some stiching on thr side near the toe wearing out as well. Expectations not met.
I've worn many pairs of Danner boots over the years and generally been happy, so when it was time to buy a new pair of fireline boots, I thought I'd give these a try.
I didn't expect the break-in period to be so unbearable... because I've never had one that left me hobbling around so badly. After about a week the blisters healed and they were comfortable.
But here's the kicker - these boots only lasted about half a fire season (2015 in WA - granted, a busy one) before the soles started to delaminate. BUMMER. For the price I expected them to be durable... and they failed to meet that expectation. Because more than six months had passed since the time I purchased them and the time I mentioned the failing soles to Danner, they told me no warranty applied and if I wanted soles that stayed on I could pay full price to have them re-crafted (which, by the way, is not very cheap) or I could "try shoe-goo." Again, BUMMER.
Bottom line: Shop elsewhere - there are better wildland fire boots in this price range.
Heavy duty boot, construction issues showed after 2 seasons
These are by far the heaviest firefighting boots I've owned (5th season FFT1). My feet took major abuse from the toe area, and I wound up using athletic tape on several toes throughout each roll. They take a major beating for sure but then so did I. I'll be sending them in for a restitching, as the nomex thread gave it up in the second season. I think I'm going to get some different ones and heal up a bit this year. Also, I had to replace the grommets the first season - they got sharp on the backside and cut my laces a lot. Imagine having to haul it from a running fire and your laces break. Not good.
They run narrow, unless you like that (& I didn't) order a wide. I've been wearing in & out all brands of logger boots for what seems like forever & other than my old Danner Tillamooks, nothing has ever come close to the truly super-duty nature of these Flashpoint 2's. Even my old Tillamooks weren't this good (& nothing before those for me were that good) These are the best boots I've ever owned, end of sermon.
These boots give me blisters when I do lots of hiking even after an entire fire season of use. The pull tab on the back tore after a couple months of wear. Some of the metal eyelets have worn through to the leather where the laces rub. The heel seems very high, and the soles in general are very thick.
You can tell the boot was well crafted. Even with EE width, the big and little toe mound areas are snug; heel area is loose. I would recommend ordering a half-size smaller than you do with other Danner boots and see if it helps. Don't expect to have an out-of-the-box boot to wear. Break-in time is significant. Would like to see an option for GoreTex lining, but would guess that it can't be NFPA rated?
Another great Danner boot.The fit is perfect and the toe box is just the right size.At my size 11, this boot is a perfect fit at Danner's size 11. There is some roughness in the heel area, but the proper socks will take care of this.These boots are tough and I believe they will last 20 years!
7th year Wildland firefighter, previous Danner boots (Quarry, Flashpoint). Used in rugged terrain during extreme conditions and long rigorous hiking.
Initial fit is good on flat ground although the heal seemed a little sloppy. Once off of flat ground and actually trudging up the mountain, the seams below the first eyelet dug into feet badly. Also a tremendous amount of boot bite between the 5th and 7th eyelets.
Blisters on heal, toes, top of lower foot, top of upper foot, and ankle.
If you buy these, prepare to use a lot of moleskin and duct tape.
Have been wearing them for everyday use to try and break them in for their second season. We will see when the dirt starts flying if it has done any good.
These are great boots, that look sharp. The aggresive tread, makes climbing loose slopes a breeze. They only have one drawback for me. The heel area is a bit too loose for me. I've tried lacing the boots really tight, in order to prevent my heels from shifting up and down. Too keep them from shifting, I needed two pairs of socks, one set being heavy wool socks.
Due to the boot not having an inner liner, the rough leather will abrade your inner heels, causing bad blisters. To prevent this, try adding moleskin to your inner heels, before using heavy socks.
These boots are made for wildland fire fighting. They are flame resistant and heavy for a reason and everything about them is overbuilt. I think they are easer to wear than Whites, and the fit for a non custom boot is, for me, superb. I will need a couple of seasons to judge the performance and durability, but so far, I'm very pleased!