Updates to Chaco Odyssey

  • The Odyssey is an all-terrain water hiking sandal from Chaco. It has a closed-toe upper that uses a breathable mesh for comfort. Trail protection and enhanced structure come from the synthetic overlays.
  • The gender-specific contour of the Luvseat bi-density EVA midsole cushions each user’s step. This component works with the brand’s ChacoGrip Plus sole, which gives the sandal a rockered form for facilitating a smooth roll off motion.

Size and fit

This Chaco hiking sandal caters to men and women. It is manufactured in standard width and comes in whole sizes only. Generally, the Odyssey runs true to size. Those who are in between sizes are recommended to get one size up for a better fit. Volume and fit can be adjusted through the Z-shaped strap overlapping the mesh upper.

Outsole

The non-marking ChacoGrip Plus rubber compound makes this hiking sandal grippy. Its 2.5 mm lugs are 2.5mm bite into most terrain types. The outsole is designed to be able to perform on both wet and dry grounds without sacrificing traction.

Midsole

The Chaco Odyssey sandal uses the gender-specific Luvseat midsole. It provides comfort and arch support to users, enabling them to perform optimally on and off the trails. An antimicrobial treatment keeps it odor-free.

Upper

This vegan-friendly hiker from Chaco wears a combination of breathable mesh and polyester jacquard webbing on its upper. The synthetic overlays provide structure and amplified protection. An injection-molded ladder lock buckle is used to manage the fit. Lastly, the tabs attached at the heel and tongue assist in donning and doffing.

Additional Info

Chaco Odyssey vs. KEEN Newport H2

Both the Odyssey and Newport H2 are outdoor sandals engineered for water hikes. Their respective manufacturers equipped these offerings with various technologies that render comfort and performance for varied terrain conditions. Shown below are notable differences that set these two products apart.



Upper. The men’s and women’s KEEN Newport H2 comes with a closed-toe upper made of polyester webbing. This synthetic material imbues the sandal with lightness and flexibility. It is lined with a fabric that enables the sandal to dry quickly after being exposed to water. On the other hand, the Chaco Odyssey combines mesh and polyester jacquard webbing for its upper. The inclusion of synthetic overlays makes it more supportive and sturdy than KEEN’s offering.

Midsole. The Newport H2 from KEEN employs a compression-molded ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole to deliver a cushioned ride over uneven terrain. This component is paired with a stability shank made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) to equip the sandal with rigidity and underfoot support. 

A trademarked metatomical footbed sits on top of the midsole for arch support and underfoot comfort. It is also treated with a Cleansport NXT coating, which reduces odor-causing microbes to keep the user’s foot fresh. Meanwhile, the Chaco Odyssey uses a Luvseat midsole made of lightweight EVA foam for support and stability. It is also less rigid than the Newport H2.

Outsole. KEEN’s Newport H2 is equipped with a non-marking rubber outsole for adherence on various ground conditions. Its multi-directional lug pattern allows hikers to tackle wet and slippery surfaces with sufficient grip. The inclusion of lugs in the lateral zones grants extra grip. Its main difference over the Chaco Odyssey is the Newport H2’s toe bumper, which is prominently incorporated into the outsole. This component shields the wearer’s toes from various trail dangers.

Price. The Chaco Odyssey is significantly more affordable than the KEEN Newport H2.


Weight. The Newport H2 for men weighs 403g while its women’s variant has a weight of 298. The Chaco Odyssey for men and women weigh 250g each, making it lighter than KEEN’s sandal.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 250g
Use: Light Hiking, Water hiking
Features: Strappy, Closed toe, Vegan / Lightweight
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Chaco
Construction: Strappy, Closed toe, Vegan
Material: Rubber sole, Mesh upper / Fabric

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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.