Beyond terrible. The Chaco Beckwith is hands down…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $275


Beyond terrible.


  • None


  • The design
  • The customer service
  • The material quality

The Chaco Beckwith is hands down the worst piece of outdoor equipment I've ever owned. Despite spending 3 hours in the store with weight, on an actual trail these boots caused the worst heel blistering I've ever encountered, derived entirely by a reinforced heel cup that was as inflexible as steel.

Any incline whatsoever forced the heel into this cup with brutal efficiency. Three miles into my first hike and my heels were bloody nubs.

Not only was the Beckwith terrible, the company did little to try and make things right. I'm not entirely sure why folks like Chacos, but my experience was miserable and I will never purchase their products again.


Welcome to Trailspace, Rick. Sorry to hear about your bad experience. Since other users have given this boot such high marks, I'm wondering if your boots were size right? Or what were you wearing for socks? I'm not doubting your account, I'm just wondering why your experience was different from others?

2 years ago
Rick Freed

Hi Goose while there are mostly good reviews the few 1 star reviews (Old Goat in particular) are dead on to my experience. Living in Oregon I mostly backpack but also day hike occasionally. They were sized correctly and I used a variation of socks to see if those would help but nothing did.

The main issues was the heel cup and the way the high tongue was designed. On any incline whatsoever It forced the heel very strongly into the inflexible cup and no amount of taping, socks, liners, would stop it. There was no way to adjust the boot due to the external reinforcement on the toes and heel. On the flat or on stairs they felt great but on a trail -- absolutely miserable. It was a very weird experience.

But beyond that the quality control was not good at all. The soles began to wear away very quickly. I MAY have put about 150 miles on them at this point and the soles have completely worn down to the cushion substrate. I've been using them for my work boots but now that the soles have disintegrated I'm going to have to buy another pair.

For contrast my Merrill Chameleon 4 low top (leather upper) lasted an astonishing 5 years and held up to around 1300 miles of backpacking mostly done in 2 of those years. This was in the rocky and unforgiving Columbia River Gorge, Bull of the Woods Wilderness, Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, The Olympics. They climbed South Sister's pumice scree and crossed the lava rocks of McKenzie Pass with no issues whatsoever. I had some heel blistering during the break in but after that they fit like a glove and were tough as nails.

The funny thing is my buddy bought boots the same day I bought the Chacos -- Scarpas. They adjusted the fit at the store and he was on his way in 1 hour. I stayed longer walked and around the store for over 3 hours with a pack on (35 pounds if I remember correctly). His boots are just now needing to be resoled and they fit him like a glove. What do you do? Oh and they were $100.00 cheaper. He gives me relentless grief about my Chacos. "See my boots? Ah ha ha ha!"

2 years ago
Rick Freed

Oh yeah I forgot about the White Mountains -- The presidential Range. My Merrills did those also and I had to do from Mizpah to Madison Hut in one day. Never had an issue. So while I hate Merrills tendency to change their boot models year to year their lasts just seem to fit my foot pretty good. LaSportiva also do very well although I'd beat those things to death every 6 months so I've avoided them because of that. Chaco had a design flaw with that boot and the quality of materials wasn't there. They should have stuck with sandals.

2 years ago
Rick Freed

Oh and finally I should say the Chaco's have only been used as work boots for about 5 months and I may have put 50 miles on them at this point. They'd been a dusty painful reminder for 8+ years so I decided to put them to some good use.

2 years ago
Rick Freed

They have failed me again

2 years ago

Thanks for the details. It was very enlightening!

2 years ago

I would rank these boots as the second best pair of…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Materials: leather?
Use: off trail wandering, moutainous terrain, 10-20 mile hikes
Break-in Period: 3 weeks
Price Paid: $140

I would rank these boots as the second best pair of boots I have owned. The break-in time is about the same as other all-leather boots (a couple of weeks) and your feet will hurt until a) the boot is broken in and/or b) your feet are broken. The construction materials are top quality but some of the design features are annoying. The overall fit of the boot is excellent (nice narrow heel, wide toe box).

I do have a few complaints. 1) The tongue migrates to the outside of my feet as I walk, this could be alleviated with a fixed tongue or some sort of lacing system through the tongue that would make it immobile. 2) There is essentially no padding on the sides and if you are crawling around on rocky terrain and happen to hit the side of your foot on a rock it really hurts.

I have yet to put in an all-day hike with them completely wet, but I am pretty sure that I would get blisters.

Overall these boots have been a good purchase and it's too bad that they have been discontinued.


The boots fit great, and are sturdy enough for long…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: day hikes
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $40

The boots fit great, and are sturdy enough for long hikes. Haven't gone backpacking with them, but don't know if they are rugged enough for a week-long trip in the Sierras. The sole pattern is "interesting". I do like the leather around the top interior.

One thing about these boots is that they are very "loud"! They squeak like they're wet, with every step. It gets kinda weird--like a chinese water torture--hearing that squeak all day out in the quiet of nature! The insoles that are provided are very nice too.


I have owned a pair of Beckwiths for a little over…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: 65

I have owned a pair of Beckwiths for a little over two years now and they are truly superior footwear for hiking and backpacking. But it pains me to say that they will no longer be made, Chaco has discontinued them due to the manufacturer's desire to move to China. Other than change the quality of their product, Chaco has stopped making these amazing boots.

However, for those of you still interested in getting a pair and under the 225 dollar price tag, call Chaco's customer service. Chaco is selling off whatever stock they have left for 65 dollars, that's right, a 225 boot for 65. I picked up two pairs to put away for if anything happens to mine.

I hope this helps someone out, it's a great deal, it just sucks that they're discontinuing them. Keep hiking.


This is hands-down the worst pair of boots that I've…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: on-trail backpacking and off-trail dayhikes
Break-in Period: 1 week
Weight: ??
Price Paid: $100

This is hands-down the worst pair of boots that I've ever owned and perhaps the worst piece of gear, period. The leather uppers are flimsy and offer about as much ankle support as a pair of tennis-shoes. Despite being leather boots with a reinforced toe, my feet got completely soaked any time that I hiked through snow or shallow puddles.

Speaking of the reinforced toe, the rubber reinforcement makes it impossible for a cobbler to stretch the toe box to accommodate a wider forefoot. The narrow toe box, combined with a worthless pair of insoles that fail to keep the foot in place resulted in quite a few blisters - even when I wore hiking socks and liners. Replacing the insoles helped mitigate this problem. By far, my biggest gripe is that the soles had virtually worn smooth after only 500 miles of hiking. I understand that newer versions of this boot feature a Vibram sole that doesn't wear away as quickly.

If you must hike in this boot, replace the insoles immediately and make sure that you're buying a pair with a Vibram sole. Avoid this boot at all costs, especially if you have a wider forefoot. Chaco should stick to making sandals.


When I saw the Beckwiths in Mountain Chalet, I was…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: rough trail and off trail
Break-in Period: forever?
Weight: 4 pounds
Price Paid: $230

When I saw the Beckwiths in Mountain Chalet, I was delighted to find what looked like a good, simple one-piece leather boot. However, I was skeptical of the lining which was glued and not sewn. My skepticism was well founded. The lining started to come unglued very soon. The boots are too soft for rough terrain. They fit well in the store and around the house. But, on the trail they always gave me serious blisters very quickly, no matter what socks I used. The longest I could ever endure them was about six miles. In over 50 years of hiking and mountaineering, these are the worst boots I've ever had on my feet!

rated 4.00 of 5 stars All Beckwith versions

In addition to the 6 men's reviews above, there are 12 reviews for other versions of the Beckwith. Read all reviews »

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Chaco Men's Beckwith


The Men's Beckwith has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$71.95 - $240.00

The Chaco Men's Beckwith is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen June 10, 2006 at Backcountry Outlet.

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