Solid, versitile sandal

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Big John from Montana on Saturday, April 26, 2014
The Chaco Z/2 is my go-to footwear from Mid-April to October in Montana. It's been that way for about a decade now.

I miss the old-style, heavy-lugged Vibram sole, as the newer model Unaweep isn't as durable as the old one, nor does it grip rock like the old one.

That said, I use these sandals for EVERYTHING.

To the surprise and horror of most people, the Z/2s are my primary footwear for hiking, backpacking and alpine mountaineering as well as all of my river activities from fishing to floating. Last year I put 19 miles of hard trail miles on these bad boys in one day. I was the only one on the hike who didn't have blisters by the end of the day. I also play an average of six 18-hole rounds of disc golf per week during the summer, and I wear Chacos almost exclusively.

I don't recommend trading in your mountaineering boots for a pair of Chacos, but these sandals can handle as much as your feet can throw at them. Sure, my feet have plenty of scars on them from rocks, sticks and other hazards, but whatever.

My only complaints are I miss the old-style heavy-lugged sole that used to be available and it seems like with every year that goes by the straps get longer and longer. I don't know if the sizing has changed or what, but the last two pairs of Chacos I've bought I had to cut the strap so it wasn't annoyingly trailing behind. If you're handy with a sewing machine it's no big deal, but it's a pain.

Hard to beat these sandals of you're an active person. They take a little breaking in but once there, they will treat you well.
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