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: 14.3ozWomen: 11oz
WidthMen: Narrow, NormalWomen: Normal
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If you want a more trail-oriented version of the Chaco Z/Cloud 2 or Z/Classic 2, the Z/Canyon 2 is definitely worth a look.
Maybe it was the heat of the summer, or the peer pressure of summer festival fashion trends, but I willingly made the decision to join the ranks of the diehard Chaco sandal owners, and I’m pretty happy that I did.
[T]he shoes feel noticeably less clunky than my old Chacos, which earns comfort points.
The Z/Canyon 2 is a Chaco product packed with features that help trail lovers cover miles with security, comfort, and stable performance. It comes with the 3-D Heel Holster—a supportive rearfoot strap built extra sturdy to keep the heel locked in.
It comes with two of Chaco’s proprietary technologies: Luvseat and ChacoGrip Plus. The former—the sandal’s midsole/insole—affords hikers with adequate cushioning and protection underfoot, while the latter grants users the right amount of grip on a variety of backcountry surfaces.
Chaco’s Z/Canyon 2 is a relatively true-to-size multi-sport sandal designed for both men and women. It is offered in standard width and sizes. Its fit may be customized for a secure lockdown using the hiker’s highly adjustable straps.
Giving trail dwellers enough slip and skid resistance in the Z/Canyon 2 is the ChacoGrip Plus outsole. This non-marking component made of rubber is engineered with low-profile, diamond-shaped lugs which claw into loose soil for extra grip.
The Chaco Z/Canyon 2’s dual-density midsole called Luvseat is made of polyurethane (PU). It is built with the Cloud 2.0 technology for extra support. Its confines house a running-inspired kinetic rebound plate which grants enhanced energy return with every stride. A contoured non-removable footbed contributes to the underfoot cushioning it provides.
This Chaco offering secures the foot in its toe-looped upper made of polyester jacquard webbing. The strap securing the ankle region is furnished with an injection-molded ladder lock buckle, making it adjustable. The rest of the straps are networked within the sandal’s midsole unit, where they move to and fro during adjustments. Its supportive 3D-molded Heel Holster is made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU).