Who should buy the Chaco Lowdown 2?

Coming purely from facts, we can confidently say that the Lowdown 2 is for hikers who want an agile sandal that, at the same time, does not break the bank. As for its nuances, the gear is definitely for:

  • Adventurers who need a bit more forefoot security, since the Lowdown 2 has a toe loop.
  • Wanderers who tread on wet rocks and low-lying boulders (think around streams).
  • Sandal lovers who require a bit more arch support.
  • Hikers who like sandals that do not trap in pebbles around the heel.

Who should avoid it?

Trail-goers who tackle muddy descents might not benefit a lot from the Lowdown 2. Instead, they can consider the Z/Cloud, which comes with a heel brake. Those who need proper toe protection will only get minimal in the featured sandal. For such hikers, they can check out the closed-toe Chaco Odyssey.

Updates to the Chaco Lowdown 2

Toe loop. The Lowdown 2 comes with a toe-securing loop, which its predecessor—the Lowdown Sandal—did not have. This new component prevents forefoot slippage on mild descents.

Lighter women’s variant. At no more than 150 g on average, the Lowdown 2 is lighter than the Lowdown Sandal by approximately 30 g per shoe. The men’s sandal has the same weight as its predecessor.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 218g / Women 139g
Use: Light Hiking, Multi-sport, Water hiking
Features: Vegan, Strappy / Lightweight
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Chaco
Construction: Vegan, Strappy
Material: Rubber sole

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran 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 analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.