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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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Definitely great. I’m actually shocked that they still even offer this service in this age of cheap and disposable everything.
 

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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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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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Expensive boots are hard to justify.... until you do it.

Then you’ll wonder what took you so long.

I have two pairs of Lowa’s and you’ll need to pry them from me if you want them.

Good to know Danner is standing behind their stuff so well. My daughter needs boots and I’ll keep them on the list of options as we try on different boots.
 

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Exactly. It can be a shocker for the average working guy to commit, but they are worth it once you bite the bullet.

Another great boot maker, from Italy, is Zamberlan. I bought a set of their Mountain Pro Evo GTX RR mountaineering boots for an Alaska mountain goat hunt and could not believe, despite how grueling the terrain, just how comfortable and capable they were.
 

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Camofire has had some zamberlans for a good price lately.

Just not in my size (14... it’s a pain to find boots!)

I got a pair of Crispi boots off there last winter. They seem excellent. I’ve only worn them to and from tree stands and a little on rocks and slopes in early turkey season. So far they seem roughly equal to my Lowa Tibets, which I used to pack elk out of some tough mountain terrain in CO.
 

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I bought a pair of USA made Danner Denali's from Cabelas about 30 years ago(pics below). I paid around $300-$400 back then. They're still in half decent shape mainly due to me alternating other boots depending on seasons plus much wear was ice fishing. They do not have a Danner stamp/markings anywhere on them so not sure if recrafting would be available? Wish I would of kept receipt.



 

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Loggy -

Those look very close to my Canadians and I’d bet they would work on them. Best bet is to shoot them an email and ask. The welts looks to be in excellent shape and, if they approve the work, should be easily re-crafted when the time comes.
 

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Yeah, I agree. Nothing to be lost by contacting them and asking. Worst they say is "we never heard of that boot."
 

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Glad to see they took care of you six gun.The boots you sent in to get redone though look like new compared what I use on a daily basis.
I believe it. I find that hunting boots (user conditions dependent) don’t get as much external/cosmetic damage over the same period of time as work boots. The big thing with the ones I sent in was the sole de-lamination, which could make for a bad spill if thy caught on something. It makes sense since that the sole is where these boots saw the most abuse.
 

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Loggy -

Those look very close to my Canadians and I’d bet they would work on them. Best bet is to shoot them an email and ask. The welts looks to be in excellent shape and, if they approve the work, should be easily re-crafted when the time comes.
Thanks!! They've been the best boots I've ever owned.
 
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