Who should buy the Chaco Z/Volv
The Chaco Z/Volv delivers a promising performance, but only after it has been broken in. It is a solid option if you value the following features in hiking sandals:
- suitable for casual strolls, hiking on rugged terrain and in the water
- excellent traction and slip resistance
- adjustable straps which provide a precise and personalized lockdown
Excellent traction and slip-resistance
This hiking sandal offers traction and slip resistance through a component called EcoTread. An avid hiker shares that the sandal grips very well even in the water.
Most of its surface is peppered with Z-shaped and rectangular lugs. The front and rear parts feature a design that aids in uphill and downhill paths. "Super reliable," reports a reviewer.
In addition, this proprietary outsole is made of 25% recycled rubber compound.
Users are granted a cushioned platform by the LUVSEAT midsole. This unit uses an airy polyurethane compound to create a soft and light underfoot feel. The Chaco Volv is actually 13% lighter than the popular Chaco Z/Cloud (369 g over 425 g). This is confirmed by many wearers who also say that their feet don't feel as tired after walking in the Z/Volv compared to the classic Chacos.
"The most comfortable sandal I've ever had on my foot," says a reviewer, summing up how many people feel about the Volv. Those who have worn Chacos before also report that the Z/Volv lives up to the comfort provided by its siblings.
Excellent arch support and stability
The top surface of this footbed has a grid pattern to prevent the foot from sliding. The sandal's contoured sole is designed in a way that cups the foot in all the right places (the heel and the arch in particular) to grant all-day support. Those with high arches are happy that they can wear it all day without pain.
The platform itself is also fairly wide, helping the wearers feel more stable when traversing challenging terrain.
The Z/Volv’s upper is made mainly of polyester jacquard webbing. Its adjustable straps are networked within the midsole. Fit management is handled by the high-tensile webbing heel riser along with an injection-molded ladder lock buckle at the ankle.
Unfortunately, some people had issues with the heel strap, complaining that it's too big and cannot be regulated. They tried adjusting the fit through other straps but it was rather fiddly. It takes some time to get used to the strapping system of the Chaco Z/Volv.