For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
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.
WeightMen: 13ozWomen: 8.4oz
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard, Wide, Extra wide
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100 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews
This is a pretty sweet offering from Chaco, and I'm excited to see what else they do.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- This sandal is vegan-friendly.
- The LUVSEAT footbed is American Podiatric Medical Association certified.