Who should buy the Chaco Z/1 Classic

The Chaco Z/1 Classic—despite a few flaws, it still delivers a satisfactory performance. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking sandal that is adequately equipped for trail adventures requiring a combination of support and comfort.
  • Prefer a hiking sandal that stays sure-footed on slippery surfaces.
  • Prefer a hiking sandal that provides a secure and customized lockdown.

Chaco Z/1 Classic logo

Excellent grip over tricky terrain

A Chaco-exclusive outsole called ChacoGrip is what grants hikers enough grip over tricky terrain. It is built with horizontal treads at the heel and forefoot for improved maneuverability on ascents and descents.

Chaco Z/1 Classic outsole

Secure footing on loose soil

The outsole is packed with lugs to help secure the hiker’s footing on loose soil. The lug depth of the men’s and women’s versions measure 3.5 mm and 3 mm, respectively.

Chaco Z/1 Classic outsole 1.0

Shock-absorbing cushioning

The Z/1 Classic’s ability to steady the wearer’s balance on precarious trails comes from its Luvseat midsole. It has a considerably thick construction, particularly at the heel, for ample cushioning and shock absorption.

Chaco Z/1 Classic midsole

Provides extra underfoot comfort

It comes with an integrated, podiatrist-certified insole for extra comfort underfoot. Both the main midsole layer and the non-removable footbed are made of polyurethane (PU).

Chaco Z/1 Classic arch support

Secure fit

This Chaco sandal wraps the wearer’s foot in its strappy upper made of polyester jacquard webbing. It is a single-piece strap that moves as a unit within the midsole for adjustability. Its injection-molded ladder lock buckle is made of a material the likeness of which compares to hard plastic. The adjustable heel risers, on the other hand, are made of webbing.

Chaco Z/1 Classic upper

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 422g / Women 301g
Use: Multi-sport, Water hiking
Features: Vegan, Strappy / Lightweight
Width: Normal, Wide
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 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.