Summary

We spent 8.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers, including professional bloggers, found the Z/Cloud’s fit amazing.
  • Footwear critics rained this Chaco sandal with praises for its fantastic comfort level.
  • This airy hiker delighted many users with its superbly hip design.
  • Its brilliant surface traction was lauded by experts.
  • The Chaco Z/Cloud impressed several owners with its super-tough build quality.
  • Some consumers happily reported of the sandal’s remarkable versatility.
  • Gear pundits commended the footwear’s ability to keep stink at bay.
  • Its weightlessness stoked a couple of testers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • An expert wished that the Z/Cloud had a shorter ankle strap. He had a hard time keeping its remainder from dragging along the ground.
  • The confines of the women’s version of this sandal were too wide for a couple of wearers.
  • A shoe critic blamed the hiker’s lackluster stability on its criminally soft footbed.

Bottom line

The excellent craftsmanship of the Z/Cloud is quite evident in the many things it has on offer. From its mesmerizing fit and spectacular level of comfort to its stellar looks and lasting durability, this piece from Chaco is, to say the least, a real standout. The sandal, however, is still hounded by flaws, of which its longer-than-usual ankle strap can be considered the most detestable. Nonetheless, the Z/Cloud pretty much has all the elements that enable hikers to surmount what punches the trail sends their way.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated hiking sandal
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this May

Expert Reviews

86 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | OutdoorGearLab | | Level 3 expert

    If you're already fond of Chacos and would like a sandal with no break-in period and greater comfort for extended use, we highly recommend the Z/Cloud.

  • 100 / 100 | Coloradist | | Level 1 expert

    I’ve found no other sandal that fits and performs as well as Chaco sandals.

  • 85 / 100 | Sidetracked | | Level 1 expert

    They are easy to wear for several hours at a time, and will undoubtedly find a spot in my luggage for future travels.

  • 85 / 100 | Treeline Backpacker | Level 1 expert

    The Z/Cloud sandals from Chaco are, in a word, excellent.

  • 80 / 100 | Wilderness | | Level 1 expert

    Its high profile makes the Z Cloud look cumbersome, but it is supremely comfortable and agile.

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  • The Z/Cloud is Chaco’s Z/1 Classic Sandals at its core, albeit made even cushier to deliver extra comfort out on the trail. This bolstered level of cushioning is primarily linked to the footwear’s Luvseat footbed.
  • A couple of Chaco-exclusive technologies come between the user’s foot and the rugged terrain—the Luvseat midsole and the ChacoGrip outsole. The former gives enough cushioning besides stability, while the latter provides adequate surface traction.

Chaco’s Z/Cloud is a relatively true-to-size sandal for male and female hikers. It is offered in full sizes. Both the men and women’s versions come in regular and wide widths. Wearers may get a precise lockdown using the sandal’s adjustable straps and heel risers.

This hiking sandal promises slip and skid resistance with its ChacoGrip rubber outsole. Its non-marking lugs are engineered with grooves and treads to give hikers multi-directional surface traction over loose soil or soft ground. The lugs in the men’s version have a depth of 3.5 mm, while the ones in the women’s variant are 3 mm deep.

With its company-exclusive dual-density midsole called Luvseat, this Chaco sandal gets to lessen shock during impact and provide ample stability on the crooked parts of the trail. As it is made primarily of polyurethane (PU), this long-wearing component is capable of delivering comfort without giving in to considerable weight and stress easily.

Also bearing the Luvseat moniker is the gear’s non-removable, podiatrist-certified footbed. Chaco engineers gave it a kind of design that grants wearers additional support and comfort underfoot.

The Z/Cloud’s upper is made chiefly of polyester jacquard webbing. The adjustable straps that make up most of its entirety are networked together within the sandal’s midsole. Its heel risers are made of high-tensile webbing, while its ladder lock buckle is made of a synthetic material comparable to hard plastic.

Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.

paul@runrepeat.com