Who should buy the Chaco Cataluna Explorer
The Chaco Cataluna Explorer is a women-specific hiking boot best recommended for:
- outdoor and off-road escapades on rugged town paths and cobblestone streets
- day hiking, urban hiking, camping adventures
Like most urban hiking boots, the Cataluna Explorer can reel you in with little effort just for being aesthetically pleasing.
Its women-specific fit means its interior is extra snug and contoured in a way that matches the unique curves of the female foot.
Cataluna Explorer comes with waterproof leather
The boot’s minimally seamed, waterproof leather shell keeps everything on the inside dry in moderate rain and streams of no more than 4 inches in depth.
You can slip into this Chaco Explorer boot for urban hiking without worrying about your feet getting wet. Chaco shoemakers left its collar leather-less to give hikers a bit more flexibility around the ankle.
Not-so-generous heel loop
Its not-so-generous heel loop might make putting it on somewhat of a challenge for some. The Cataluna Explorer lacks a rockered heel, making heel strikes on hard soil or concrete feel a bit unnatural.
One of its lace hooks snapping way too soon is also a big disappointment to an owner. But when it comes to one-to-one fit, this hikig boot runs true to size, based on many reports.
Prevents slips over muddy slopes
It has an aggressive heel brake, which prevents slips over muddy slopes and the like. The ridge-like texture around the front end of its outsole grants enough stickiness on slick surfaces (think boulders).
With its heavily lugged outsole, the Cataluna Explorer provides a surefooted traction on rugged trails and less traveled paths.
Mighty supportive arch zone
Numerous hikers are attracted to the Chaco Cataluna Explorer for its mighty supportive arch zone, reassuring midfoot.
Moreover, for comfy level, experienced trail-goers find the Cataluna Explorer “so comfortable.”
While it lacks a waterproof liner (e.g., Gore-Tex), the boot’s leather upper does a remarkable job of barring out moisture.
Its posh design is a hit with the ladies. Just make sure you wear the right hiking socks and they will be perfect, writes one lady who tested the shoe on a hiking trip.
Requires a long break-in period
The Chaco Cataluna Explorer is not one of those boots that offers a comfortable feel fresh out of the box. It takes time to loosen it up, according to several purchasers.
But once this stylish beast is tamed, it gives you hours of joy in the outdoors. You can wear the Chaco Cataluna Explorer for hiking and for everyday use.