Danner Trail 2650 Hiking Shoe

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Editor’s Conclusion
Going off the beaten track brings that feeling of freedom, it allows us to adventure down unknown paths and find beauty spots we never knew existed.

If you are going off the beaten track, then one thing you need to be sure of is that you have the right footwear to protect your feet against any terrain you may come across. Can you imagine a better shoe fit for purpose than one designed for terrain found along the Pacific Crest Trail?

These lightweight and breathable hiking shoes are well worth a nosy look at since a cushioned open-cell OrthoLite footbed will bring much comfort on any good hike.

Let’s look at more in-depth info to help you decide whether the Danner Trail 2650 3" hiking shoe is the right one for you.
Danner Trail 2650 Hiking Shoe Review Facts
Editor's Pros & Cons

Lightweight and durable

Removable OrthoLite footbed

Vibram 460 outsole


Not waterproof


Key Features


The Danner Trail 2650 is not a hiking shoe designed for winter hiking, they aren't insulated, nor are they waterproof - so heading off up a mountain in minus temperatures with a chance of rain would be a really bad idea. If you are wanting to head off on a summer hike, whilst the weather is warm, then these shoes are a great choice.

They have an EXO heel system making them lightweight and comfortable. The heel is always a nice touch to any shoe as it gives a little lift and rather than a flat surface. The foot can take a natural decline shape, helping shift weight better.

Mesh lining gives optimum comfort, flexibility, and breathability, something that is beneficial when on a lengthy walk in the heat. Your feet will welcome a comfortable and well-ventilated shoe.

The mid-sole is made of Danner PlyoGo, ultra-lightweight EVA which saves added weight and adds yet more cushioning.

There are multiple choices when it comes to color, so if you’re not keen on one, then maybe another would tickle your fancy more. The outer shell is surrounded with not only the thick Vibram sole but also a textile material providing a slight bit more protection.


The suede and textile uppers are brilliant materials for durability, they will undoubtedly offer excellent performance with a long life span. The Vibram outsole has a Megagrip on both wet and dry surfaces and provides long-wearing resilience.

The one thing I should point out is that although these hiking shoes will be great on wet surfaces, they will not be suitable for wet conditions. They aren’t waterproof, something which could be a make or break for your decision, but as a summer hiking boot, the Danner Trail 2650 is a great choice.

The TRAILGUARD TPU shank is a bonus for uneven and dodgy terrain. Your feet will be greatly supported, and this hiking shoe will offer good stability.


The Danner Trail 2650 is a hiking boot designed for summer weather. The mesh material is ideal for ventilation on the trail. The TRAILGUARD platform offers great performance and is lightweight - another great feature for summer hikes. If you are looking for flexible hiking shoes, well ventilated and cushioned, the Danner Trail 2650 is a cracking option.


The Danner Trail 2650 aren't overly priced for the brand and the quality of materials used to make these hiking shoes. However, I have to be honest by saying that there are alternative options on the market that may offer you more, i.e waterproof and insulated.

Comparison to Similar Boots

If the Danner Trail 2650 hasn’t ticked all your boxes and you are wanting more, then maybe the Foresake Thatcher Low WP would be a better match.

I am a fan of these hiking shoes - they are waterproof, very stylish, and offer great comfort. The only drawback? They are slightly more expensive than the Danner 2650.

If price is what halts your purchase, then the TFO Air Cushion shoe might be worth a look at, they are half the price of the Danner's and offer a similar amount of features, though, as the Danner 2650, they aren't waterproof.


The Danner Trail 2650 is a great hiking shoe. They offer a great amount for the money - they are durable, flexible, breathable, give good support and stability, and have great traction, but I would opt to spend that little bit more to have the waterproof aspect.

If a summer hiking boot is all you are after though, and the waterproof aspect isn't something you require, then I would strongly urge you to consider these hiking shoes. Yes, they may not be to my specific taste, but that is a personal thing and something that shouldn't sway your judgment. Like I said previously, look at the design, the technology, and the materials.

They speak for themselves and give you an idea of the type of performance you can expect from these hiking shoes.