Materials: Standard Flip
Use: Everyday use, flat day trails without backpack
Price Paid: $30
Wow what a flip flop. I picked up these guys 2 years ago and although they are finally wearing down pretty badly, I've put them through hell and high water for 8 months of each year both years. These guys are machine washable, have an arch like no other flip flop you'll ever find (APMA recommended actually).
The old model (the one's I have) has a Vibram sole, which is nice seeing as how that company specializes in high endurance hikers, but the newer models don't sport one. Still, I fully plan on buying another pair of these next spring.
My one complaint is the smell these babies generate if you don't wash them awhile. All the junk on your feet catches in the sole and bacteria/fungus or something love it and stink. Just keep them clean.
Materials: nylon web
Use: casual, camp sandal
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: free
I am sold on Chacos of any type. These are by far the most comfortable (supportive) flip-flops I've had. I have a high arch and the support is outstanding.
Had these flip flops on while biking in Costa Rican jungle. I got a flat tire 9 km down a wilderness road from camp and had to haul the 40+ lb beach cruiser back. I ended up sweaty, sore, insect bitten but my feet felt great. Never intended to work the sandals like that but they held up like a good pair of hiking boots.
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Chaco's Flip Vibe is ready for action! Your foot is held in place on the supportive LUVSEAT footbed by quick-drying webbing, and the Vibram outsole is built for top performance.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
Chaco's sending your feet good vibrations with the Flip Vibe Sandal. The LUVSEAT(TM) footbed ensures a supported, comfortable stride in any activity. It's not like walking on a cloud, but it's close.The Vibram(R) TC-1 rubber outsole has good grip for outdoor terrain and it's non-marking for your interior explorations.The polyester webbing is soft against the skin and dries quickly for comfort. The LUVSEAT midsole aligns the foot for maximum performance and foot health.LUVSEAT has been awarded the Seal of Acceptance of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). This seal identifies products that are manufactured with comfort, health and safety in mind.If you've never Chaco-ed you'll be amazed at how the supportive footbed contributes to a more efficient stride and leaves your feet more relaxed at the end of a long day's tramping. If you're an old Chaco hand, your feet will say, "Ah, we're home!"
- NRS refers to the men's version
The Men's Flip Sandal combines Chaco's most simple design with the comfort and support of all the company's other sandals. The Flip's biomechanical footbed has a long lasting design which works with your foot's shape, contouring to its every curve. The flips EcoTread outsoles, made from 25-percent recycled rubber, allow for traction and cushioning on a mix of terrains from the city market to the lazy river. Get set for your next vacation with the Flip Sandal's combination of versatile style and superior fit.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
On Sale. Free Shipping. Chaco Men's Flip EcoTread Sandals FEATURES of the Men's Flip Sandal by Chaco BioCentric footbed with PU formulation oriented towards out-of-box comfort Fixed straps anchor under midfoot to eliminate in.flopin. and promote active use Nylon toe piece engineered for the perfect blend of durability and comfort EcoTread outsole features 25% recycled rubber Versatile flip sandal great for a day of active or casual use
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version