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Two American Gear Brands Made a Military-Inspired Hiking Boot


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The average age between Danner, the Portland-based bootmaker, and Filson, the Seattle brand known for rugged goods, is 105 years. That’s old for any outdoor gear maker, and these two have been around through plenty, from the gold rush and logging boom that they helped supply to the revival of Americana style that keeps them going strong today. And now, the two companies have joined forces to create a new boot called the Combat Hiker.

The combination serving as the boot’s inspiration is unlikely in appearance only. Mountaineering and military use may not seem complementary, but both call for ultra-rugged materials — that’s nubuck leather, a full rubber rand and a Vibram Bifida outsole here — and weather resistance (Gore-Tex).

That the Combat Hiker turned out to be a badass boot that can pull double duty across environments is probably a given. But that it comes off as simultaneously modern and timeless is a feat only Danner and Filson together could’ve pulled off.

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Tanner Bowden

Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.

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