Updates to Chaco Z/Cloud

  • 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.

Size and fit

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.

Outsole

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper

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.

Chaco Z/Cloud vs. Teva Hurricane XLT2

The Z/Cloud and the Hurricane XLT2 from Teva are built to give outdoor lovers a lightweight and performance-centric ride. This feat is made possible by the various technologies their respective manufacturers incorporated into them. Shown below are the key differences that set these two multi-sport sandals apart.

Upper. The Teva Hurricane XLT2 uses an upper made of nylon, polyester, and recycled P.E.T. webbing. These materials work in unison to imbue the upper with an ability to dry quickly after being exposed to water. Its heel strap is padded for cushioning and support. On the other hand, the Chaco Z/Cloud’s upper is made primarily of polyester jacquard webbing, a material that doesn’t retain water for too long.

Midsole. Teva’s Hurricane XLT2 employs an EVA midsole to deliver cushioning and stability on varied terrain. It works in tandem with a nylon shank to provide structure and underfoot support. Meanwhile, the Chaco Z/Cloud uses a Luvseat PU midsole to give a cushioned ride.  The absence of a shank in this Chaco offering makes it less rigid than Teva’s multi-sport sandal.

Outsole. The Hurricane XLT2 from Teva features a patented Durabrasion outsole. It uses angled lugs to render traction on virtually all types of terrain while the component’s curved front tip aids the foot’s natural motion. It is thicker than the Chaco Z/Cloud’s ChacoGrip outsole, which comes with 3 to 3.5mm-deep lugs for ground adherence.

Price. The Chaco Z/Cloud is more expensive than the Teva Hurricane XLT2.

Weight. The Hurricane XLT2 for men weighs 312g while its women’s version comes in at 255g. The Z/Cloud for male and female hikers weigh 425g and 312g, respectively, making it heavier than the Teva sandal.

Nice to know

- Those who require protection, support, and performance for a demanding trip may consider a pair of backpacking boots. Among the options that may be checked out is the Salomon 4D 3 Quest GTX.

Rankings

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Top 12% hiking sandals
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Top 20% Chaco hiking sandals
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Top 13% multi-sport hiking sandals
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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.