Review: Danner Trail 2650 Approach Shoe

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The Danner Trail 2650s have quickly become the only shoe I wear to the crag, and the only shoe I wear in general (other than on sunny, sandal days). The shoes feel weightless at just 24 oz per pair, without sacrificing durability or function. For late-winter cragging days on steep Boulder Canyon approaches, where the trail is still half iced over, the Trail 2650s feel leagues nimbler than slogging around in my winter boots. The EXO heel provides stability and non-ankle-rolling security and the Vibram 460 outsole is aggressive and grippy. It's great for navigating varied terrain, both dry and wet. The Danners excelled on fourth class approaches, but I would shy away from low fifth class terrain. The shoes lack precise edging and toe work—no Flatiron scrambling in these bad boys. Still, if I’m going to the office in the morning and the crag in the afternoon, the Trail 2650s are what I’ve got on my feet. The EVA midsole is like walking on a supportive pillow, and the breathable mesh prevents swamp feet. The uppers are a blend of leather and synthetic textile, lending comfort, longevity, and durability. The shoes have shown negligible wear after lacing up almost every morning for six weeks. Not to mention that they’re pretty heckin’ stylish. My regular street shoe size fit out of the box and were broken in after a day or two of walking around town.

$150, danner.com