Who should buy the Chaco Odyssey

Getting a pair of Chaco Odyssey may result in a satisfying experience if you prefer a hiking sandal with the following characteristics:

  • a closed toe for protection with mesh fabric for breathability
  • a versatile sandal that do a casual night out just as well as a packrafting adventure, or a hike
  • comfortable cushioning on every step
  • lightweight sandal that feels like walking on air

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Who should NOT buy the sandal

If you need an even more protective sandal with a solid toe guard and an impact-ready sole, consider these beasts from Keen: the Newport H2 and the Clearwater CNX.

Excellent grip on wet and dry grounds

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.

Chaco Odyssey outsole

The outsole is designed to be able to perform on both wet and dry grounds without sacrificing traction. It "firmly grabs the ground," as stated by a tester.

Chaco Odyssey outsole 1.0

Excellent arch support

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.

Chaco Odyssey midsole

As an expert reviewer reports, he can "easily hike 5 miles in these shoes without my feet tiring." Also, people with high arches, arthritic feet, and post-injuries gave positive feedback on the sandal's footbed design.

However, for the more demanding terrain, the reviewers wished for a more substantial sole. Long-time Chaco wearers report that the Odyssey just doesn't feel as supportive as the classic Chacos. And some pointed towards hiking sandals from KEEN.

Chaco Odyssey antimicrobial treatment

As a bonus, the antimicrobial treatment keeps it odor-free. And if the odor starts to develop, the wearers recommend using a little bit of liquid soap or shampoo to wash it off.

Breathable and secure fit

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. At the same time, the reviewers report having no hot spots or irritation from it.

Chaco Odyssey toebox

It has also been described as wide foot-friendly thanks to the roomy toebox.

Chaco Odyssey upper

The brand's staple Z-straps paired with an injection-molded ladder lock buckle help to fine tune the fit. Lastly, the tabs attached at the heel and tongue assist in donning and doffing.

The sock-like opening on the sandal seems to keep its structure pretty well. According to a hiker who has worn the sandal for about 1000 miles, this part "has maintained its shape and integrity" on the same level as it was on day one. 

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 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.