Who should buy the Chaco Z/Volv

The Chaco Z/Volv delivers a promising performance, but only after it has been broken in. It is a solid option if you value the following features in hiking sandals:

  • suitable for casual strolls, hiking on rugged terrain and in the water
  • excellent traction and slip resistance
  • adjustable straps which provide a precise and personalized lockdown

Chaco Z/Volv logo

Excellent traction and slip-resistance

This hiking sandal offers traction and slip resistance through a component called EcoTread. An avid hiker shares that the sandal grips very well even in the water.

Chaco Z/Volv outsole

Most of its surface is peppered with Z-shaped and rectangular lugs. The front and rear parts feature a design that aids in uphill and downhill paths. "Super reliable," reports a reviewer.

In addition, this proprietary outsole is made of 25% recycled rubber compound.

Soft and light underfoot feet

Users are granted a cushioned platform by the LUVSEAT midsole. This unit uses an airy polyurethane compound to create a soft and light underfoot feel. The Chaco Volv is actually 13% lighter than the popular Chaco Z/Cloud (369 g over 425 g). This is confirmed by many wearers who also say that their feet don't feel as tired after walking in the Z/Volv compared to the classic Chacos.

Chaco Z/Volv midsole

"The most comfortable sandal I've ever had on my foot," says a reviewer, summing up how many people feel about the Volv. Those who have worn Chacos before also report that the Z/Volv lives up to the comfort provided by its siblings.

Chaco Z/Volv midsole 1.0

Excellent arch support and stability

The top surface of this footbed has a grid pattern to prevent the foot from sliding. The sandal's contoured sole is designed in a way that cups the foot in all the right places (the heel and the arch in particular) to grant all-day support. Those with high arches are happy that they can wear it all day without pain.

Chaco Z/Volv arch support

The platform itself is also fairly wide, helping the wearers feel more stable when traversing challenging terrain.

Chaco Z/Volv wide platform

Adjustable straps

The Z/Volv’s upper is made mainly of polyester jacquard webbing. Its adjustable straps are networked within the midsole. Fit management is handled by the high-tensile webbing heel riser along with an injection-molded ladder lock buckle at the ankle.

Chaco Z/Volv strap

Unfortunately, some people had issues with the heel strap, complaining that it's too big and cannot be regulated. They tried adjusting the fit through other straps but it was rather fiddly. It takes some time to get used to the strapping system of the Chaco Z/Volv.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 13oz / Women 8.4oz
Update: Chaco Z/Volv 2
Use: Multi-sport, Light Hiking, Water hiking
Features: Vegan, Strappy, Eco-friendly / Lightweight / Non-marking
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Chaco
Construction: Vegan, Strappy, Eco-friendly

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run 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 analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.