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  • Use

    Day Hiking

    Shoes or boots for hikes that only last for half a day. Flexibility and lightness are the highlights of these kinds of footwear. See the best day hiking shoes and the best day hiking boots.

    Backpacking

    For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots

    Speed Hiking

    Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.

    Winter Hiking

    Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.

    Multi-sport

    Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.

    Good to know

    Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.

  • Price
    $110
  • Weight
    Men: 15oz
    Women: 11oz
  • Width
    Men: Normal, Wide
    Women: Narrow, Normal, Wide, X-Wide
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93 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 | OutdoorGearLab

    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

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

  • 85 / 100 | Sidetracked

    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

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

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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.

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