For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
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Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
WeightMen: 14.9ozWomen: 10.6oz
WidthMen: Narrow, Normal, WideWomen: Normal, Wide, X-Wide
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95 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
With a bomber reputation and plenty of traction and support, you can't go wrong with this sandal.
We want to start by saying, these puppies aren’t ever going to win you a fashion award. However, if you are seeking the Swiss Army knife of footwear, these could be the ticket.
It means the Z/1 hikes like a shoe, conquering moderate loads and rougher terrain, while allowing the wearer to enjoy the benefits of toe splay and dry feet.
The Z/1 Classic, an 8-component Chaco sandal, is adequately equipped for trail adventures requiring a combination of support and comfort. It is built with fit personalization in mind, thanks to its adjustable straps and heel risers.
Wearers can navigate mildly rocky paths and root-filled trails with the sandal’s Luvseat midsole. What helps hikers stay sure-footed on slippery surfaces, on the other hand, is the footgear’s proprietary ChacoGrip outsole.
Chaco’s Z/1 Classic is a generally true-to-size multi-sport sandal for men and women. It is offered in regular and wide widths in standard sizes. Its adjustable straps and heel risers give users a secure and customized lockdown.
A Chaco-exclusive outsole called ChacoGrip is what grants hikers enough grip over tricky terrain. It is built with horizontal treads at the heel and forefoot for improved maneuverability on ascents and descents.
The outsole is packed with lugs to help secure the hiker’s footing on loose soil. The lug depth of the men’s and women’s versions measure 3.5 mm and 3 mm, respectively.
The Z/1 Classic’s ability to steady the wearer’s balance on precarious trails comes from its Luvseat midsole. It has a considerably thick construction, particularly at the heel, for ample cushioning and shock absorption. It comes with an integrated, podiatrist-certified insole for extra comfort underfoot. Both the main midsole layer and the non-removable footbed are made of polyurethane (PU).
This Chaco sandal wraps the wearer’s foot in its strappy upper made of polyester jacquard webbing. It is a single-piece strap that moves as a unit within the midsole for adjustability. Its injection molded ladder lock buckle is made of a material the likeness of which compares to hard plastic. The adjustable heel risers, on the other hand, are made of webbing.
- A pair of Chaco Z/1 Classic sandals may be machine-washed in cold water with some mild detergent on a gentle cycle. The footwear must be air-dried. The use of a heat source or a dryer is discouraged.