Facts

  • 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
    $100
  • Weight
    Men: 13oz
    Women: 8.4oz
  • Width
    Men: Standard
    Women: Standard, Wide, Extra wide
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100 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 | Bobs Adventure Blog

    This is a pretty sweet offering from Chaco, and I'm excited to see what else they do.

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Updates to Chaco Z/Volv

  • The Z/Volv is a Classic Z sandal made cushier and 20 percent lighter. Although it weighs less than the other models, it is still equipped with the cushy LUVSEAT footbed of Chaco. This unit delivers extra comfort even when tackling rugged terrain.
  • Responsible for delivering grip is the non-marking EcoTread. This eco-friendly outsole features lugs with a depth of 3 mm.

Chaco Z/Volv size and fit

The Z/Volv is a relatively true-to-size, multi-sport sandal explicitly made for male and female wearers. It is offered in full sizes. It comes in medium width for men and women. Its adjustable straps and heel risers allow for a precise and personalized lockdown.

Outsole

This hiker offers traction and slip resistance through a component called EcoTread. This proprietary outsole uses 25 percent recycled rubber compound. Most of its surface is peppered with Z-shaped and rectangular lugs. The front and the rear parts feature a design that aids in uphill and downhill paths.

Midsole

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 top surface of this footbed has a grid pattern to prevent the foot from sliding. All-day arch support is granted by its contoured shape.

Upper

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.

Additional Info

  • This sandal is vegan-friendly.
  • The LUVSEAT footbed is American Podiatric Medical Association certified.

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