Well respected brand Danner have really impressed us with these Panorama Mid boots. They are well made, comfortable and durable too.
Pros / Reasons to Buy
- Rugged build
- Clean, minimal styling
Cons / Reasons to Avoid
- We wish there was a little more ankle support
- Took a little while to break in
These Panorama Mid boots definitely take their design cues from classic hiking boots, but they reinterpret this in a truly modern way. We love their minimalist, but still modern styling and, whilst they did have a bit of breaking in period, they have become exceptionally comfortable. Danner offer these boots in a wide range of sizes and in two widths too. We have no hesitation in recommending these boots.
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Get a closer look: Danner Panorama Mid
Analysis and Test Results
Danner have a long history of making well regarded outdoor footwear. They did take a little while to break in, but this wasn’t a tough process and very soon we found them to be exceptionally comfortable. Whilst they are certainly not in the same class as rigid B rated boots, these Danner Panorama mid boots are at the sturdier end of products we’ve assessed in this round up and they would be well suited for hill walking on slightly more demanding trails as well as general hiking and walking. These boots take their design cues from classic hiking boots, but reinterpret this in a modern way. In some ways, we wish these boots had a little more ankle support – which would make them suitable for even more intense terrain, but then that would transform them into a different product entirely. We have no doubt these boots are super durable and they will surely give many long years of wear.
The Danner Panorama Mid features Danner’s own in-house sole. It’s made of slightly soft rubber – which should strike up a good balance between long-term durability and grip on slippery surfaces such as wet rocks. The thread pattern is, perhaps surprisingly, not particularly deep, but none the less, it still offers a good and confident level of grip and traction across most surfaces we tested it one. Many of the shoes and boots in this round up feature outsoles from third-party manufacturers. Vibram dominates the market here, but it’s also not uncommon to see soles form major tire manufacturers such as Continental and Michelin (which makes perfect sense if you think about it). Whilst these soles are no doubt another feature that can be marketed, we don’t think they are an essential feature by a long-shot. Danner make use of third-party soles in some of their other items of footwear (including the Women’s Trail 2650 reviewed elsewhere in this roundup), but in the time we have had these shoes, their in-house sole has not let us down in terms of traction
Outwardly, the breathability on these boots doesn’t look great. The upper is largely made of unventilated sued and there are only a few sections of synthetic mesh – largely on the tongue. None the less, we’ve hiked with these boots in very warm conditions and have not found that they overheat unduly due to lack of breathability. We’d say that unless you’re regularly hiking in very warm conditions – the breathability of these boots should not be a concern. These boots also feature a Gore-Tex membrane so the breathable sections are also water resistant.
The Danner Panorama Mid have a mid-height design. They remind us of a classic basketball shoe. The design does offer some ankle support and, whilst not as much or as adjustable as you’d get on some of the more technical hiking boots we’ve assessed, such as the Scarpa Ribelle Lite HD, the support tis still clearly there and, we found this to be a definite plus. For some application – crossing difficult terrain or technical mountaineering – good ankle support is a bonus and sometimes even a necessity, but for general hiking or walking it’s not an essential and comes down more to personal preference. Our reviewer happens to prefer boots with ankle support of shoes without for any kind of hiking off paved paths and was happy with what these boots offer. It’s possible to use the laces to adjust the level of ankle support these boots offer, but this is minimal in comparison to some other boots. To be clear, we don’t think this is a failing of these Danner boots, it’s just a case of understanding what they are designed for. Whilst the ankle cuff on these boots isn’t completely rigid, it does provide enough support that it could help prevent a twisted ankle if you lost your footing on the trail.
The inner of the Danner Panorama Mid is very subtly shaped to offer arch support. This shaping is very gentle and we were not specifically aware of it whilst wearing the shoes. The level of arch support you need is a very personal choice and with this in mind, it makes sense that Danner – like most of the other manufacturers in this round up – have provided a ‘neutral’ option with these shoes. If you need additional arch support, after-market insoles are readily and inexpensively available to provide a solution.
Danner offer the Panorama Mid in two widths: standard and wide fit. Standard is good for narrow/normal width feet and is what we assessed (our reviewer has slightly narrow feet). The boots are available in sizes from US 7/ UK 6.5/EU 40 up to US 15/UK 14.5/ EU 50.6, and we’re happy to see options for those with larger feet. Fit wise, we found the sizing was true and the boots did not run small or large. On the foot, we found these were very comfortable shoes. Initially, they felt a little stiff – which we anticipated, given their construction – but the break-in period was very short and not problematic at all. After this, we’ve found these boots to be very comfortable. Our reviewer found it useful to lace them up very tightly to get the most comfortable fit.
The Danner Panorama mid makes use of a mix of suede leather and synthetic materials. The bulk of the boot’s exterior is suede with the lining, tongue and a section on the back made of synthetic mesh material and there’s a substantial rubber rand around the boot too – the rand is split into two sections for styling purposes, but, for all practical purposes, it’s a continuous rand. The lower lace holes are reinforced with metal rings and there are metal hooks for the laces towards the top. The boot also features a Gore-Tex membrane which allows the boot’s inner to remain breathable whilst still being water resistant.
Appearance and styling come down to personal taste more than anything else, but we’ve got to say we really like the look of the Danner Panorama Mid boot. The boot’s look is definitely inspired by classic footwear designs: elements like the cut of the suede outer, metal lacing hardware and full rand are lifted from traditional hiking boots and the overall shape and proportions also reminds us of a classic hi-top basketball boot. Yet, despite these nods to classic shoe design, these Danner boots also manage to look thoroughly modern and we certainly don’t think the styling is nostalgic. The white flashes on the soles are nice against the otherwise muted color scheme. At the time of writing, Danner offers these boots in two color ways, both of which could be described as ‘earthy’. There are certainly more ‘statement’ designs in this round-up, but we’ve got to say we liked the minimal, but still bang up to date look of these Danner boots
The Danner Panorama Mid boots are solidly made from materials with a reputation for durability. Whilst we can’t comment on how they’ll hold up after years of heavy use, we have found them to be very well put together and have no doubt that they will prove to be exceptionally durable. Whilst these boots are not intended for the most demanding technical terrain, their design certainly borrows some elements for footwear intended for this purpose and these elements only serve to enhance their durability. The full rand – essentially a rubber strip that completely encircles the boot – is intended to provide protection from sharp rocks on the trail. Whilst this may become damaged with heavy use, it’ll also help keep the suede beneath from being torn or penetrated, thus prolonging the life of these boots. Similarly, the suede upper may discolor after substantial exposure to wet environments, but this will be purely cosmetic.
The Danner Panorama Mid boots weigh in at 1048g/2lb 5oz for a pair. There are far lighter shoes and boots in our round up, but we think that when you consider the solid build and rigidity of these boots, that weight isn’t too bad at all.
Danner provide their footwear with a three-layered cushioned insole. It is, of course, removable and can easily be replaced with an after-market option if you want something that offers better arch support, greater cushioning etc. Changing the insoles is also a great way to fine-tune the fit of your footwear.
The Danner Panorama Mid boots were comfortable to wear straight out of the box. However, they were not as quick to break in as some of the other shoes and boots in our round up. We found they rubbed a little bit on the first few walks – especially-so when worn with thinner socks. However, this was not a major issue for our reviewer and the rubbing did not lead to any blisters. Everyone’s experience with breaking in a new pair of boots will be different and we would not recommend you wear brand-new boots on a long-distance trail without first trying them on a few shorter walks first. That said, the days of hiking boots requiring weeks of painful breaking-in thankfully seem to be long-gone and we were pleasantly surprised by how quickly these boots became exceptionally comfortable to wear.
The Danner Panorama Mid boots use good old-fashioned laces. Whilst some hiking boots have moved to more high-tech speed lacing solutions, we still think there’s a lot to be said for traditional laces. On a mid-high boot like these Danner ones, how you tension the laces can subtly change the fit and this small change can greatly increase your comfort. What’s more, the lacing pattern you use can also have a big impact on how your boots feel. Check out our lacing guide for more info!
These boots feature some reinforcement around the toes and also include a substantial rand – basically a strip of rubber – around the full boot. Together, these will offer some protection to your toes if you kick into a rock or trip up. However, the toe section is not fully rigid – and certainly not to the level you’d get on high-altitude mountaineering boots. For more technical hiking, we still think more specialist (and likely heavier) boots would be a better option, but for general hiking and walking, these Danner boots are a great choice.
Hiking Shoes v Hiking Boots
The choice between shoes and boots on the trail is very personal. For general hiking and nature walking, this really comes down to personal preference and what you find more comfortable. However, as the terrain you are hiking on becomes more uneven and technically demanding, the extra ankle support boots offer can become really valuable as it provides some protections should you slip or stumble. These Danner Panorama Mid boots are certainly suitable for more demanding terrain – though they are no replacement for more specialized (and heavy and expensive) B rated hiking boots if you’re heading high into the mountains. For general hiking, the extra ankle support these Danner boots give is, in our reviewer’s opinion, very welcome too.
We’ve been very impressed by the Danner Panorama Mid boots. They a great pair of trail boots, suitable not just for general hiking and nature walking, but also for excursions into more demanding terrain. They won’t replace a more specialized pair of B-rated boots for mountaineering or hiking over really technical terrain, but they could certainly do the job on some trails where you might previously have worn, say, B1 rated boots. We’ve been very impressed by their comfort, and they seem to be very durable too. We thoroughly recommend them!
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