Take Danner's toughest full-grain leather and ripstop nylon, add a polyurethane footbed and a deeply-cushioned midsole, and you've got the Danner Kinetic. It's tough on the outside and soft on the inside. And thanks to its lightweight build, it's incredibly agile and responsive.
Durable, waterproof, polishable full-grain leather upper with ripstop ballistic nylon GORE-TEX waterproof breathable lining Speed lacing system with semi-locking side-zip for secure, enhanced fit Cushioning PU footbed PU midsole Nylon shank Danner® Kinetic slip-resistant rubber outsole offers superior surface contact and traction
Height: 6" Weight: 48 oz Insulation: Non-Insulated
I love these boots, I recently had to switch from my regular slip on boots because my feet were getting too sore after wearing one brand for most of the last 20 years - I suspect my age had something to do with it. These guys are super comfy although probably too warm for the coming hot months, we'll see. The only tiny complaint is I fantasized the zipper would make it so I didn't have to do the laces every time and that's not the case. It does make it super easy to get my feet in and out though.
The boots have a nice, tight fit, but that's also the problem; I presumed, perhaps naïvely, that the side-zip eliminated the need to lace the boots, but it doesn't. What's really irritating me is that the laces were shredded by the boots' own eyelets within 2 weeks. I would call this poor design or quality control. The boots fit spectacularly well, though.
If you are a frequent traveler who loves to travel with tactical gears instead of sandals and shorts, this boot is best for you. The zip is easy to use especially when taking them off at the security gate or if you just want to relax your feet on the airplane, but still it's strong enough and comfortable enough so that you can get into the action as soon as you got off the plane or the train. Still the zip can sometimes got loose themselves, which makes your feet unprotected, so you still want to change your boots as soon as you got the chance.
I bought a pair of these Danner boots specifically because they have a side zip as I work 24 hour shifts and wanted an easy on and off option. While the boots have so far been very comfortable and dependable, I can't get them on in a hurry while tied with only the side zip undone. This seems like it should be something that is much easier to do! Other than that they have been great boots so far...
Comfortable when new, not stiff, or needing to be broken in. Much more flexible sole than a pair of hiking boots I was using previously. Good balance between support and comfort. Jogging in these would not be a problem. They feel light. I think the boot could maybe use a better loop (larger) in the rear to aid in getting the boot on when you are in a hurry. Takes a bit of effort to get back into the boot, although the payback is getting into a boot that fits tight, not loose/floppy. Nice quality leather.
I wear nothing but Danner boots, they are comfortable and have great ankle support for a long day on my feet. All my Danner boots have been comfortable new out of the box with very little break in period. I just purchased a pair of Kinetic GTX 6" side zip boots. Some of the reveiws noted that there were problems with the zipper, I have no problems with mine.
I just got the boots, I put them on and they seem pretty good so far. I am surprised the fit is spot on since they're foreign made. They're comfortable! The zippers need to be larger. I'll only give them a 4 star right now since I need to use them more to evaluate them. If they turn out to be the Danner Quality I expect, I'll make them a 5 star.
I've been in LE for 20 years and have tried many boots. I tend to lean towards athletic styled boots. Previously I've worn the Oakley SI and UA Valsetz. When my UA's (quickly) wore out I tried on about 20 different styles but none felt right. Although the style and sidezip of the Kinetics didn't appeal to me much, I tried them on anyways. I am so glad I did. Immediately I knew they were the boot for me. The comfort and fit were perfect. I've been wearing these for over a year and a half and they are still in great shape and are easily the most comfortable boot I've ever worn. Very little wear on the sole.
The only con I can think of is that the rubber has peeled away from the leather near the toes. I highly recommend.
The Kinetic is an attractive and comfortable boot, however the fact that the zipper unzips by itself while walking is a serious issue for me. As a Corrections Officer, I do a lot of walking, so I cannot have my duty boots unzipped when I may need to run at a momments notice. This would also apply to any other patrol Officer who simply cannot risk their footwear falling off on foot pursuit or emergency.
I have a pair of Kinetics that I've had for quite some time. They do not have any Gore Tex or waterproof markings on them and I've poured a little water over the laces and my feet get wet. I'm wanting to replace those exact boots but it seems that Danner is going with all GTX boots and that's a shame. I don't need or want the waterproofing. The boots don't breathe nearly as well and that's a problem in Texas heat/humidity. I purchased these Kinetics with Gore-Tex and they are way too hot for my likings.
HEY DANNER: Not everyone is interested in Gore-Tex. How about some 6" duty boots without it???
This is my first pair of Danner Boots after wearing another brand for the last 16 years. These boots are really comfortable and took little time to break in. I read several comments about this style boot and the issues with the zipper becoming undone/unzipped during wear. I have also experienced this problem during my work day and hope Danner will address this issue. Other than the simple inconvenience of having to reach down and zip up the side it is a great boot.
I use these boots for work so I'm on my feet 8-12 hours a day and they are the most comfortable yet that I have found. They are not to bulky either. I didn't even mind paying the price of $180.00. My only complaint is the zipper undoes itself, not sure how that happens. Overall, I love the boot and would buy again but I hope the figure out the issue with the zipper!!!!.....