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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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Danner boot re-crafting service: wow!

Sometimes, you just gotta pay a little more to get a little more. Like most boot makers, Danner offers several boot lines that run the scale in price. Some, like my Pronghorns, are foreign made, cheaper and effectively disposable. They also offer some that are USA-made, better quality and re-craftable when time and use finally takes its toll on them. For my regular most-season hunting boot, I chose the latter a few years back in the form of the Canadian 600G Thinsulate-insulated boot.

After a few years of hard hunting, the boots finally stared looking the part, with plenty of superficial wear. But, I had to really stop using them when, after many trails hiked and Western mountains climbed, the sole started to delaminate from the last at the toes. The drooping rubber was looking to catch a rock and cause a bad spill.

For $143 (less than 1/3 the cost of replacing them at retail), Danner completely re-soled, repaired and refinished them. The pics they sent of their work is pretty impressive. While they can't fix all the leather erosion around the toe, they sure did one heck of a job sprucing them up in addition to resetting the miles on the soles. They also sent a brand new set of laces.

Here are the before and after pics that they emailed me:





It's good to know we still have some fine companies that do good, old fashioned work for a living.
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Good info I didn't know, Went thru a lot of brands boots and Danner is one of the best
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Definitely great. Iím actually shocked that they still even offer this service in this age of cheap and disposable everything.
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Great to know!! I have a pair of USA Danners which may need a recrafting down the trail.
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I sent a pair in about 15 years ago to have some stitching repaired and maybe to resole. they sent me a new pair instead of doing the repairs. great company!
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I wonder if they are still waterproof

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Kenetrek and Schnee's boots out of Montana has a very similar service. I haven't been able to bring myself to spend $400 on a pair of boots though.
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I wonder if they are still waterproof
They are. The Gore-Tex liner lives only around the foot bed and upper parts of the boot. Since the stitching is done along the welt that lies flat to the top of the sole, that waterproof liner is not impacted by the repair work.

In fact, Danner actually inspects the interior of the boot to see if it needs any help, too. It costs more if that area needs fixing and it's not explicitly stated that the Gore-Tex can be replaced (only listed as "liner repair), but I believe it is an option. Here's the price sheet.

https://www.danner.com/media/forms/recrafting_form.pdf

Oh, and they say 4-5 weeks to repair, but I don't think mine took 2.5 even weeks to complete.

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Kenetrek and Schnee's boots out of Montana has a very similar service. I haven't been able to bring myself to spend $400 on a pair of boots though.
It's definitely a tough pill to swallow up front, but the ability to recraft them is a potential cost saver in the long run, provided they don't get so beat up that they're beyond fixing.
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White's boot company is another good one. I need to send my set back. Absolutely the most comfortable anything I've put on my feet.


I have a few pairs of Danner's as well and wear a pair daily. I need to send them in....5 years on the soles have them beyond shot.


I have a pair of the Powderhorns. I have 2 seasons in them. They are awesome hunting boots. Not Made in the USA...but I believe they are still recraftable....I was hesitant because I knew the quality might be much lower...but like I said..2 long seasons and they are going strong. Last season alone I put a ton of miles on them. Very impressed and happy with them
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