Originally Posted by YotaAtieToo
That's 5 years for guys who are in tough shit all day, where danners last maybe a year. Then the nicks/whites can be rebuilt for about 1/2 price and go another 5 years. I've had 3 or 4 pairs of danners and I like them. But now that I'm working on slopes, around logs and generally fucked up ground, I'm thinking about switching to a more expensive boot. I got my last pair of danners about 9 months ago and they aren't looking great. To their defense, I'm not good at keeping them oiled.
So either they are being "absolutely abused" or lasting 6-8 years. I can't see both.
Your right, "neglected" would be a much better term to use.
In them every day for 10+ hours at a time, hot blacktop & concrete, hunting, hiking, winter ice, deicer, snow, rain, etc.... But
never cleaning or oiling them.
@ 6-8 years of service, the uppers start to fail. The leather itself cracks, breaks and goes to dust. No other failures are typically seen.
With the same usage, but actually caring for them I can see myself getting 10+ year out of them, with an occasional resoles.
All that said, I picked up my pair yesterday on my lunch break, and have been running them since. I took a second set of shoes today, some cheap light hikers, as I didnt think Id want to be in the new boots all day.
I was wrong. After barely more than a day they are already feeling very good. No hot spots, great support, and forming to my foot great.
Heal was lifting right out of the box, but a simple re-lace using my typical backpacking lace technique did it. Incredible, and 100% satisfied so far.
I also weighed them this evening to compare to my 10+ year old Lowa backpacking boots...
My of Lowa Tibets weigh in at 865grams each
New Danner Quarrys weigh in at 945grams each.
The different isnt even noticeable, and being a 8" vs 6" boot, I find them nice and lightweight.