AverageGuy wrote:Ryan, I looked at the Danner Grouse Boots. I wondered how long you have had the Danner Grouse boots and if they are still waterproof? Also wondered how stiff the sole is? Thanks for the response.
This will be the 2nd season I've had them. I wore them all last season and all training season this year so far. Still waterproof, especially if I keep up with treating the leather as needed. Only had one issue of dampness (3 weeks ago) inside the toebox and that was after training most of the day in tall, very wet grass combined with boots whose leather was overdue for treatment. A waterproof, breathable membrane like Gore Tex works best with good leather that is regularly treated, otherwise after awhile the membrane just gets inundated with moisture from the wet grass slapping against the toe of the boot with each step.
The sole isn't weak but I wouldn't say it's nearly as stiff as a pair of Meindls or Kenetreks. The Grouse boots work well here in the mountains, hillsides and farmland of the East. Likely a good boot for the hills and prairies out West but perhaps aren't good choice for the steep, rugged chukar mountains. And yes the only Danner boots really worth the money and Danner name are their US made boots, definitely not their cheap China line.