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.
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Updates to Chaco Z/Volv X
- Influenced by modern footwear design, the Chaco Z/Volv X is a vegan-friendly sandal built for hikers who wish to perform on the trail with agility and a touch of elegance. It is about 20% lighter than the Classic Z.
- This footwear hugs the foot with its webbing upper. Its straps are encased within the sandal’s Luvseat midsole where they move as a unit for adjustability.
Chaco Z/Volv X size and fit
The Z/Volv X from Chaco is a generally true-to-size multi-sport sandal made specifically for female hikers. It is offered in standard width and whole sizes. Responsible for providing wearers a personalized and secure fit are the adjustable straps. Its heel risers enable the accommodation of various foot volumes.
What enables hikers to navigate tricky surfaces securely is Chaco’s very own EcoTread outsole. A fourth (25%) of its construction is recycled rubber. Its ability to prevent users from slipping over unpredictable terrain is thanks in large part to its N-shaped protrusions (also known as lugs) and wavy grooves at the forefoot and heel.
A company-exclusive, gender-specific midsole called Luvseat is what gives wearers enough stability and cushioning underfoot in the Chaco Z/Volv X. Its entirety is made of an extra-soft polyurethane (PU) compound. It is engineered with a somewhat bulky heel for shock absorption.
Offering additional comfort is the sandal’s PU footbed. It is integrated with the Luvseat midsole, making it a non-removable component. It prevents underfoot slippage with its wrinkly surface.
The Z/Volv X’s double-strapped upper is made of polyester jacquard webbing. Its adjustable ankle strap comes with an injection-molded ladder lock buckle. The equally adjustable heel risers complete its equation. They are made of durable woven fabric.
- This sandal may be machine-washed in cold water on a gentle cycle using either some baking soda or mild detergent. It may only be air-dried. It should not be dried near a heat source or in the dryer as high temperatures can melt the adhesive bonding the outsole to the sandal.