Danner Designed Its Lightest Hiker Ever: Here’s Why

The Pacific Crest Trail is 2,650 miles of varied, rugged hiking. And Danner wants to help everyone, from weekend warriors to thru-hikers, get more enjoyment out of every step. The Trail 2650 is the perfect summer hiker inspired by the PCT.

Each year, hundreds of hikers hit the PCT from Southern California, through Danner’s home state of Oregon, and on to the North Cascades in Washington. The Trail 2650 is a nod to all those who tackle the amazing adventure on foot.

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Made with perforated leather over breathable mesh and a grippy outsole, the Trail 2650 is Danner’s lightest hiker to date. Inspired by trail-running shoes, the brand made the 2650 super versatile to handle the wide variety of terrain found on the PCT and epic trails like it all over the world.

The lightweight, leather hybrid low-top hiker is comfy and stylish for a day hike with friends. It’s also meant to put in the serious mileage that thru-hikers increasingly pound out on America’s most popular long-distance trails. And many are wearing the Trail 2650 for everything in between: in town or as the ideal trainer leading up to major backpacking adventures.

Lightweight, Breathable, Perfect for the PCT

However you wear it, the Trail 2650 is made with the quality materials and thoughtful design synonymous with the Danner name. The brand has been crafting boots since 1932. It puts these years of knowledge to work in this latest offering.

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In the Trail 2650, weight is important. The leather hiker is just under 12 ounces per shoe, and Danner is proud of that. The brand has never made a hiker that airy.

Cooling technologies work from under and above the foot. A lightly padded mesh liner keeps air moving, especially on warm summer days. Likewise, the midsole’s molded ports promote airflow and drainage underfoot. And strategic perforations in the leather upper add even more airflow on the move. But while this lightweight hiker helps you stay quick and cool on the trail, it does so without giving up important stability.

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For the PCT-tested Trail 2650, Danner worked with the leader in high-performance soles: Vibram. The hiker uses an exclusive Danner-designed Vibram 460 outsole for its deep, multidirectional lugs as well as the unrivaled Megagrip rubber compound. The combination delivers grip confidence on a wide variety of terrain and better overall traction whether it’s wet or dry. And we know what it does a lot on the PCT: precipitate.

Danner Trail 2650 Specs

  • Weight: 24 oz. per pair
  • Height: 3″
  • Footbed: OrthoLite removable
  • Midsole: Lightweight EVA
  • Shank: TPU
  • Lining: Not waterproof
  • Liner: Mesh
  • Outsole: Vibram 460
  • Offset: 8 mm heel to toe

While the hiker is not waterproof, the Danner Trail 2650 repels the elements with a combination leather outer that dries quickly thanks to the removable open-cell footbed and those aforementioned perforations.

How the Danner Trail 2650 Fits and Moves

Now that you know what the new Danner Trail 2650 looks like, you might be wondering how it moves. The short answer is more like a trail-running shoe than a hiking boot. The low-profile hiker took its fit inspiration from the trail-training world, which is increasingly overlapping audiences with the growth of the ultrarunning segment.

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Moreover, the speedy Trail 2650 comes with a modest 8mm offset from heel to toe, as well as some extra width in the forefoot for stability. There’s even an extra-wide (EE) size for those with naturally broad feet or who like lots of room for the toes to splay. Plus, helpful technology called the EXO Heel System locks the heel in place for a snugger fit when you’re moving faster.

And let’s not overlook what happens when you wear these lightweight hikers on the trail or in the city: compliments. These Danners are downright good-looking — and totally appropriate for everyday wear. And with a GORE-TEX version coming online later this summer, the Trail 2650 becomes a year-round footwear option. Just another bonus.

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The Danner Trail 2650 retails for $150 and comes in several color choices for men and women. For men, there’s black/gray, brick red, dark brown/green, and classic brown/red with Danner’s iconic red laces. Women have two vibrant options in hot sauce and Atlantic blue.


This article is sponsored by Danner. Shop the new Trail 2650 collection here.