Who should buy the Chaco Cataluna Explorer

The Chaco Cataluna Explorer is a women-specific hiking boot best recommended for:

  • outdoor and off-road escapades on rugged town paths and cobblestone streets
  • day hiking, urban hiking, camping adventures

Chaco Cataluna Explorer chaco

Delivers midfoot-to-heel cushioning

Like most urban hiking boots, the Cataluna Explorer can reel you in with little effort just for being aesthetically pleasing.

Chaco Cataluna Explorer Delivers midfoot-to-heel cushioning

Its women-specific fit means its interior is extra snug and contoured in a way that matches the unique curves of the female foot.

Cataluna Explorer comes with waterproof leather  

The boot’s minimally seamed, waterproof leather shell keeps everything on the inside dry in moderate rain and streams of no more than 4 inches in depth.

Chaco Cataluna Explorer Cataluna Explorer comes with waterproof leather  

You can slip into this Chaco Explorer boot for urban hiking without worrying about your feet getting wet. Chaco shoemakers left its collar leather-less to give hikers a bit more flexibility around the ankle.

Not-so-generous heel loop

Its not-so-generous heel loop might make putting it on somewhat of a challenge for some. The Cataluna Explorer lacks a rockered heel, making heel strikes on hard soil or concrete feel a bit unnatural.

Chaco Cataluna Explorer Not-so-generous heel loop

One of its lace hooks snapping way too soon is also a big disappointment to an owner. But when it comes to one-to-one fit, this hikig boot runs true to size, based on many reports.

Prevents slips over muddy slopes

It has an aggressive heel brake, which prevents slips over muddy slopes and the like. The ridge-like texture around the front end of its outsole grants enough stickiness on slick surfaces (think boulders).

Chaco Cataluna Explorer Prevents slips over muddy slopes

With its heavily lugged outsole, the Cataluna Explorer provides a surefooted traction on rugged trails and less traveled paths.

Mighty supportive arch zone

Numerous hikers are attracted to the Chaco Cataluna Explorer for its mighty supportive arch zone, reassuring midfoot.

Chaco Cataluna Explorer Mighty supportive arch zone

Moreover, for comfy level, experienced trail-goers find the Cataluna Explorer “so comfortable.”

Eye-catching design

While it lacks a waterproof liner (e.g., Gore-Tex), the boot’s leather upper does a remarkable job of barring out moisture.

Chaco Cataluna Explorer Eye-catching design

Its posh design is a hit with the ladies. Just make sure you wear the right hiking socks and they will be perfect, writes one lady who tested the shoe on a hiking trip. 

Requires a long break-in period

The Chaco Cataluna Explorer is not one of those boots that offers a comfortable feel fresh out of the box. It takes time to loosen it up, according to several purchasers.

Chaco Cataluna Explorer Requires a long break-in period

But once this stylish beast is tamed, it gives you hours of joy in the outdoors. You can wear the Chaco Cataluna Explorer for hiking and for everyday use.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Women 794g
Use: Day Hiking, Urban hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Chaco

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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.