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 ZX/3 Classic
- As part of the Classic series collection, the ZX/3 Classic is created with a toe loop and triple-strapped upper to render a more secure ride. These quick-drying straps are adjustable to maximize fit customization and accommodate a broader range of foot types. The heel risers have the same attribute.
- The proprietary Luvseat PU midsole cradles and cushions the foot. It sits atop a rubber outsole made of a sticky ChacoGrip compound which is optimized to bite on wet and dry surfaces.
Chaco ZX/3 Classic size and fit
The Chaco ZX/3 Classic is a women’s-only multi-sport sandal. It comes in whole sizes and medium width. The adjustable straps and heel risers allow the user to modify fit as desired. Lastly, it reasonably runs true to size. The ladder lock buckle, which is injection-molded, helps grant a secure foot lockdown.
The outsole of the ZX/3 Classic features the non-marking ChacoGrip rubber compound. Its women-specific profile includes 3 mm deep lugs which provide traction on most surfaces. Its toe and heel zones are designed differently to enhance grip on diverse ground conditions.
This multi-sport sandal is equipped with the brand-owned Luvseat footbed made of polyurethane (PU). It has a textured finish that prevents the foot from slipping and an antimicrobial treatment that keeps both the foot and sandal fresh. Aside from providing arch support, the midsole unit's long-lasting cushioning makes each stride more comfortable.
The open-toe ZX/3 Classic from Chaco wraps the foot through its durable triple-strapped polyester jacquard webbing. It also features a toe loop which enhances forefoot control.
- The brand recommends “flossing” the straps by soaking it in water with unscented fabric conditioner overnight. Pull the webbing back and forth. This step facilitates removal of any grit, and it also helps soften the straps.