New Balance are great trail boots and break in easy, but the last 2 pairs of Danner's I had didn't hold up well at all. Both split on the seams.
I was hiking the Appellation Trail working for the Forest Service at the time and wearing them every day but still they should hold up better than what they did for a supposedly "good grade" of boot. I was disappointed with the Danner myself, each pair failed with-in one season on the trail and I found them a bit heavy. I got almost 3 years out of the New Balance.