Summary

We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Numerous users were pleased with the comfort delivered by the Chaco Z/Cloud 2.
  • Its attractive colorways delighted the majority.
  • A considerable number of wearers loved how this sandal supported their arches.
  • The Z/Cloud 2 from Chaco was able to grip on virtually all types of terrain based on a written review.
  • Despite being offered in full sizes only, hordes of hikers still lauded its accurate sizing.
  • An expert was elated with the underfoot cushioning. She said that it made a huge difference on her sensitive heel.
  • A small group of testers appreciated the thick sole of the Chaco Z/Cloud 2 as it gave them stability on uneven grounds.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A significant percentage of reviewers mentioned that the toe straps tighten as they walk. They were crestfallen as they have to readjust it frequently.
  • The Chaco Z/Cloud 2 did not please a handful of flat-footed hikers.
  • According to a few experts and users, it was a tad heavy.

Bottom line

The Z/Cloud 2 from Chaco is regarded as a comfortable and supportive multi-sport sandal. Its satisfactory features include a grippy sole, cushioned underfoot and precise sizing. It may seem that this gear has ticked all the boxes. However, it was not able to please flat-footed hikers and its toe loop was criticized too. All in all, the Chaco Z/Cloud 2 is a good pair of hiking sandals that meet the demands of the outdoors; those who have low arches may have to seek other alternatives though.

Facts

Rankings

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

Expert Reviews

90 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 | Outdoor Gear TV | | Level 1 expert

    The Z/Cloud is another great sandal by Chaco.

  • 82 / 100 | OutdoorGearLab | | Level 3 expert

    The Chaco Z/Cloud 2 is ready for action, whether you're hiking to the crag, strapping in for a long hike, or hitting the local frisbee golf course.

  • 100 / 100 | Active Junky | Level 1 expert

    If you’ve never owned the brand, this is your chance.

  • 95 / 100 | Bob's Adventure Blog | | Level 1 expert

    Honestly, I never doubted the sandals and found myself really enjoying hiking in them. Way to go Chaco! ​​

  • 90 / 100 | Life of a Vegaholic | | Level 1 expert

    Honestly, I’m happy with these shoes overall!

  • First look | K Briellen

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  • The Chaco Z/Cloud 2 offers optimal comfort and security on the trails. Its open-toe construction and customizable strap webbing with a toe loop grants a breathable environment and enhanced foot control.
  • This sandal also sports the Luvseat footbed which has an antimicrobial treatment to maintain its freshness. On the other hand, its brand-owned ChacoGrip compound allows it to bite on various terrain types.

A fairly true-to-size, multi-sport sandal for men and women, the Chaco Z/Cloud 2 comes in standard and wide widths. Its adjustable heel riser and continuous single strap webbing enable users to fine-tune the fit. Lastly, both versions are offered in whole sizes only.

The Chaco Z/Cloud 2 has a rubber outsole made of the non-marking ChacoGrip rubber compound. Its lug depth is gender specific—3 mm for women and 3.5 mm for men. It can handle a variety of terrain through its grippy facade. Additionally, its boots are spaced to prevent water entrapment that can cause slipping.

This sandal comes with a dual-density PU midsole which provides long-lasting cushioning and a comfortable ride. The women's version comes with a midsole specifically made for females and the Chaco Cloud which delivers active cushioning. Atop is the podiatrist-certified Luvseat platform (footbed) which cradles the foot and renders arch support. Its surface is textured to prevent foot slippage.

The upper of the Z/Cloud 2 features an adjustable polyester jacquard webbing. This high-tensile material and an injection-molded ladder lock buckle wrap the foot securely and keep it fastened, respectively. Chaco designers also included a toe loop which yields a more controlled stride, allowing the sandal to move in sync with the user’s foot.

  • The Chaco Z/Cloud 2 is vegan-friendly.
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