Review: Danner Women’s Trail 2650

The lightweight breathable trail shoe

Feature type Review

Published Oct 07, 2022

Author Emily Graham

Emily Graham BASE’s Publishing Director is a Cumbrian-based mother of 3 boys who hunts out hills to hike, woodland to explore and water to paddle on. Also has a serious penchant for being unwashed and camping.

Our verdict

A lightweight easy-to-wear and instantly comfortable hiking shoe that transitions perfectly from hill to lunch. 

Materials Swede upper with mesh lining
Footbed Removable
Outsole Vibram® 460
RRP £160

Pros

  • Great support and comfort
  • Durability
  • Colours to suit everyone

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Not that far off a normal trainer
  • Quite expensive

First Impressions

I have a real soft spot for Danner. Maybe it’s the fact that I have an American mother and the brand heritage just seems to resonate with me, but I also love the look and feel of the traditional Danner mountain boot and how that same feel is peppered across all of their products and packaging. The box and tissue paper is plastered with maps of Portland, Oregan USA (where they started making boots back in the 1930s) and the instruction booklet all in brown and green fit really nicely together.

I was chuffed with the shoes on first peek… while some people might find the desert taupe/ picante colourway a bit bland, I am a sucker for something a little less flashy. On initial wear, I found them comfortable, like putting on a trainer and was keen to put them to the test on the hills.

What I’m Looking For

I’m the opposite of fellow BASE pal Matthew Pink who basically lives in hiking shoes. Based on a farm up in Cumbria, I am ALWAYS in wet weather gear and need wellington boots or my Blundstone boots (covered in Nikwax) to keep me as dry as possible. When I go hiking, I normally reach for my Meindl high rise waterproof hiking boots (due to weak ankles and wet weather!) but this time I was keen for something a bit lighter and more versatile for every day use.

Living between Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District means we spend a lot of time climbing hills with three kiddies in tow but then hitting the local village for some grub. So I wanted something that wasn’t so intense… something wearable, comfortable and not too chunky for lunch afterwards.

The test

WHO IS THIS ITEM FOR?

Danner have been making boots for ‘explorers, craftspeople, and pioneers’ since the 1930s and you can feel the care in the craftsmanship. I would say that I’m someone who is looking for something a little less flashy and this kind of branding is right up my street – an understated vibe. It is super versatile, comfortable and a great entry level shoe for someone that wants something lightweight and not too technical, that can easily jump from daily life to the trails.

The Trail 2650 comes in four different variations. The Campo is the lightest available; the Campo GTX with the same lightweight construction but with the addition of a Gore-Tex lining; then the original 2650 which I’ve tested here; the same with a Gore-Tex liner and finally the 2650 mid with GORE-TEX waterproof lining and additional ankle support.

What Stands Out

Comfortable 

Super-comfy midsole and Vibram outside makes for maximum comfort. I didn’t get any blisters which was a novelty and probably down to the EXO heel system. 

Versatility 

Easy to jump from the trail to your desk and on to the school run which for me is really key.

Lightweight 

These feel really lightweight making them super manoeuvrable and easy to wear in any given circumstance. For an even lighter option try the Campo.

Grip 

Despite the relatively shallow lugs, you still get that grip with the flexible midsole and the reliability of Vibram Megagrip for long-wearing resilience with incredible grip on both wet and dry surfaces.

Support 

Since breaking my ankle back in the day, I do often opt for a higher boot to help support my ankle a little more on the trail. Not that a higher boot always helps, but I did find my ankle quite exposed in the lower cut when walking on more technical terrain. The 2650 Mid would make a good option for anyone looking for a bit more support from their trail shoe or those looking to take on more challenging terrain.

Value For Money

At £160 they are on the expensive side for a pair of trail shoes, especially ones that are so close to a trainer. But I’m hoping these will last for a long time on the trail, especially considering their condition over the last two months.

It’s worth noting too that they offer a 365 day warranty! And you can definitely find them a little cheaper if you’ve got a bit of time to sniff about.

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