One of the standouts for me the past few years has been Danner’s High Ground boot, which, after some diligent testing, I’m now counting among the best ever made. And those words don’t slip easily from someone who considers himself a hunt-boot aficionado (and harsh critic). The reasons for this “boot crush” are many, but first and foremost is the High Ground’s wide-ranging versatility. To date, I’ve used this svelte, slim-profiled boot (the uninsulated 8-inch model) to chase Oregon’s Columbia blacktails and Midwest whitetails deer across a half-dozen states, as well as Colorado elk, Arizona muleys, and Midwest turkeys, ruffed grouse, even predators. And my list continues to grow. If I’m traveling most anywhere to hunt these days I’m typically carrying at least two pairs of boots, often three, but I can almost guarantee one will be my High Grounds.