Who should buy the Chaco Z/Cloud

The Chaco Z/Cloud pretty much has all the elements that enable hikers to surmount what punches the trail sends their way. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking sandal that delivers extra comfort out on the trail
  • Prefer a hiking sandal that gives enough cushioning besides stability.
  • Prefer a hiking sandal that provides adequate surface traction.

Chaco Z/Cloud logo

Slip and skid resistant

This hiking sandal promises slip and skid resistance with its ChacoGrip rubber outsole.

Chaco Z/Cloud outsole

Multi-directional surface traction

Its non-marking lugs are engineered with grooves and treads to give hikers multi-directional surface traction over loose soil or soft ground. The lugs in the men’s version have a depth of 3.5 mm, while the ones in the women’s variant are 3 mm deep.

Chaco Z/Cloud outsole 1

Shock-absorbing cushioning

With its company-exclusive dual-density midsole called Luvseat, this Chaco sandal gets to lessen shock during impact and provide ample stability on the crooked parts of the trail. As it is made primarily of polyurethane (PU), this long-wearing component is capable of delivering comfort without giving in to considerable weight and stress easily.

Chaco Z/Cloud midsole

Comfortable underfoot cushioning

Also bearing the Luvseat moniker is the gear’s non-removable, podiatrist-certified footbed. Chaco engineers gave it a kind of design that grants wearers additional support and comfort underfoot.

Chaco Z/Cloud misdsole 1

Adjustable straps

The Z/Cloud’s upper is made chiefly of polyester jacquard webbing. The adjustable straps that make up most of their entirety are networked together within the sandal’s midsole. 

Chaco Z/Cloud straps

Its heel risers are made of high-tensile webbing, while its ladder lock buckle is made of a synthetic material comparable to hard plastic.

Chaco Z/Cloud heel

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 425g / Women 312g
Update: Chaco Z/Cloud 2
Use: Multi-sport, Water hiking
Features: Strappy, Vegan / Lightweight
Width: Normal, Wide
BRAND Brand: Chaco
Construction: Strappy, Vegan

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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.