Danner USMC RAT Boots Review – Rugged All-Terrain Tactical Boots

Danner usmc rat boots review

What you are looking at is the U.S MC RAT (Rugged all-terrain) Boot by Danner. This boot was developed side by side with the United States Marine Corps.

Made in the USA, this boot features only the best premium quality material like speed lace system, Vibram 360 Dri Ice Outsole, 1000 Denier nylon and many more. We’ll talk more about these features in the Danner USMC RAT Boots Review section.

This boot also comes in three different options. You have the option to choose –

  1. Non-safety toe + Non-water proof model.
  2. Gore-Tex + Non-safety toe + waterproof model.
  3. Safety toe + Gore-Tex model.

Now, when a boot company makes that many versions of one boot, you know that they got this thing nailed down. Danner can offer this boot in so many different ways. What we love about this boot is the have got every aspect of the boot nailed down.

Danner USMC Rat Boots Review

Let’s go over at some of the high points of these boots.

Features At A Glance

  • Nubuck Leather & 1000 Denier Nylon Upper
  • Mesh Lining
  • Usmc Certified
  • Speed Lace System
  • Vibram® 360 Dri Ice Outsole
  • Extended Sizes
  • Stitchdown Construction
  • The 610 Fitting
  • Recraftable
  • Vibram 360 Dri Ice Outsole

Right off the bat, we are going to talk about its 36O Vibram sole. The way this sole is attached to the midsole is like every other dual density sole except for the outer layer.

The Vibram layer of the 360 sole has little knobs. You can find three or four knobs on the upper sole and four in the heel.

These knobs allow you to have traction at 360 degrees. Whether you’re either ascending, descending, climbing kicking, jumping whatever you’re doing you’re going to get traction with this boot.


Extend the life of your boot with Danners Recrafting Services. The durability of this boot doesn’t just come from the compound of the sole, but it’s the chemistry of the sole that allows you to get a lot of life out of this top layer.
Shock Absorption

That midsole that you see in the back, that nice thick chunk back there where they layer it in there, that’s going to give you a lot of shock absorption.

Reinforced Heel & Toe

Danner reinforces the heel and reinforces the toe on their non-steel toe model. When you think about it, it’s a really nice touch.

The fact that being able to have just a little something extra on your toe so that you can kick things.

You can crawl, climb, jump without having to worry about your boots. If you want the steel toe version Danner rat boots steel toe is also a good option for kicking stuff in rugged terrains.

Waterproof & Quick Dry

You don’t have to worry about getting this boot completely soaked. These are one of the best waterproof boots we have seen.

The boots are quick dry. Even when you’re walking through those early-morning grassy fields or if you do have to swamp through some water well, guess what!

You’re going to be dry in a matter of hours. It’s a really nice boot; there’s not a lot of stuff in here to soak up water and to hold water.

Premium Leather

The leather is top-notch. And that’s expected. When you’re paying this much for a pair of boots, you want top-notch materials.

Danner did not skip on the tear resistant 1000 Denier nylon or the beautiful leather that they’re using now.


Moving into the laces. It’s a true speed lace system. It’s just a matter of grabbing your top lace and giving this thing a really hard tug. That whole lace section will tighten down.

Sure, it’s going to take a little manipulation in the foot section. But all around your ankle, it’s going to get nice and tight.

The speed lace is actually working in that parallel function so that you can loosen this boot a little and get it off pretty quick too.

Inside The Boots

Now, inside the boot, you’re going find a beautiful mesh. It’s a quick drying material which is not going to hold any water.

So, if you’re swamped! You can take the boot off, shake it out, dry it off, let some air and move through it about an hour and you’ll be ready to go.

However, if you decide to leave them on, Danner added two little vents to the side which is going to act as a bellows system.

As you move around inside the boot and as you step up, you’ll be sucking air in, and as you step down, you’ll be pushing hot, warm air with moisture in it out so that the boot will dry a little bit quicker.


About the comfort of the boot, well… they’re super comfortable. For a pair of tactical boots, these really on the heavy side.

If you’re used to featherweight desert style tactical boots when you pick up a pair of these! They’re going to feel like a real boot.

All the weight comes from the sole and the leather. There’s so much sole! There’s so much midsole! There’s this real leather! There’s all this stuff going on dude. All if this makes it one heck of a heavy boot.

If you compare it to other tactical boots, it’s not lightweight. But if you spend one hour on this on the foot… you’re going to forget all about the weight.

Cushioning System

Inside the boot, you’ll find a very simple urethane insole. Underneath this simple, very basic insole, there’s a midsole cushion that’s underneath the liner. Having the

  • Insole
  • The midsole liner and
  • The dual density soles

You’re talking about a 24-hour boot without a problem!

Size and Fit

You’re reading the review of Danner USMC RAT boots. This is their most general fitting type boot out there. So, this boot is probably going to fit everybody. In order to ensure that, Danner has made it in four widths.

  • Narrow
  • Regular
  • Wide
  • Extra wide

Sizes go from – Size 3 all the way up to size 16. That’s a really big gamut. Danner’s done a great job of making a boot that fits a lot of people.


As we have said it before, the boot is heavy, and it is a tactical boot. In a world of the lightweight quick-drying tactical boot, these are probably the heaviest boots out there.

Hold on!

Don’t let that be your deciding factor. For the weight issue, like we said, “after an hour of wearing these you forget all about the weight” and with this one weighing in at 4.4 pounds, with the materials and the exceptional construction, we think you’ll be extremely happy.


Extend the life of your boot with Danner’s recrafting services. The Danner USMC RAT Boot is eligible for a number of services. Including part replacement, leather care, and re-stitching, go all out with them.

Final Thoughts

Precisely crafted Danner USMC RAT Boot is well worth the money. If you have any queries about this Danner rat boots review, hit us up via the contact form or leave a comment below. If you liked it, feel free to share. And, also thanks to the folks over at the boot guy for making this review.

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