As I mentioned recently, Danner introduced a new line of lightweight boots called the Tachyon. Tan ones are out now, with sage green and black ones due to ship in early 2013.
Danner shipped me a pair of the tan boots to try out ahead of the launch of the black boots, which would be more fitting for on duty wear. They arrived while I was out of town this week, and I got to try them on just a couple of hours before I sat down to write this. So, let me share with you my initial impressions.
These boots are exceptionally light weight. If they weigh more than my New Balance running shoes, I would be shocked. I don’t think they are as light as the Magnum running shoes I tested earlier this year, but they are very light compared to other boots on the market. Danner states the weight of the two boots combines is only 26 ounces.
Much of the weight loss is from the uppers on the Tachyon boots. The uppers are made of a nylon-like material that seems to breath and does not add much bulk or weight to the whole package.
Because the uppers are so thin and light, I would expect that the Tachyon boots would dry quickly if you get caught in a rain shower or step into a puddle. Also, a backup gun carried on the ankle is going to be less likely to “print” since it will ride closer to the leg.
The downside to the thin uppers is that they aren’t going to provide you with any warmth in the winter time. These are definitely a summer boot, and they are suggested for hot climates by Danner.
The Tachyons fit my foot perfectly at the size I normally wear. Some manufacturers run a little big or small, but the Danner boots are dead on.
The cushioning in the boot feels good. Of course, the proof lays out on the trail and on the street. I won’t be able to wear these on duty, but I will get them out of the house during the next couple of weeks and see how they hold up.
Danner is selling the Tachyon boots at Amazon for $139.95 if you want to grab a pair for yourself. While I have not had these long enough to give them a solid workout, I am cautiously optimistic on how well they will perform. If you get a pair, let the rest of us know what you think in the comments below.