Materials: polyurethane sole, nylon webbing
Use: walking, water sports
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 2 pounds per pair
Price Paid: irrelevant
an update about Chaco sandals that i discovered while researching a good internet price for Z/1 and Z/2 sandals. Late last year, Chaco announced that it was going to outsource all manufacturing of the Z/1 and Z/2 to China by the middle of 2008. Previously, some other Chaco products had been made in China, but these two models were manufactured in Colorado. As a result, a river outfitting company i contacted is dropping Chaco footwear. This is one man's opinion, but the proprietor had concerns about quality as a result of this change in manufacturing. He also said that virtually all sport sandals have outsourced manufacturing overseas already, and that there aren't really alternatives.
I experienced significant quality problems when Teva strayed from local manufacturing and complicated their design - broken hardware and sole delamination. it remains to be seen how this will affect Chaco, if at all.
Materials: PU straps Vibram sole
Use: Pretty well everything in summer
Break-in Period: none
Weight: Too Heavy!!!!!
Price Paid: $90 (I think?)
I own ten pairs of sandals and bought these Chacos in San Francisco at REI a few years ago on a trip to the USA from England. I had heard rave reviews about Chacos from everyone I spoke to but at that time you couldn't buy them in the UK.
Mine have the heavy duty Vibram sole and they are VERY hard wearing. The Polyurethane straps however are beginning to fray slightly around my big toe and I find the footbed quite harsh on my feet, although I can walk in them all day without a problem.
My biggest gripe is that they weigh a ton! Having now owned two pairs of Teva Terra fits as well as the Chacos, the Tevas get my vote, being more comfortable, much lighter and also very hard wearing. Chacos definitely have "pose" value here in the UK as all my friends wear Tevas.
I also own Source sandals, Merrells and spend 10 months of the year or so exclusively in sandals. The Chacos are good, but no way as good as the almost legendary status they seem to be accorded by many Americans I have spoken to.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Our original design is still the ''go to'' sandal for river guides and wilderness professionals. With our BioCentric footbed and sock-friendly open-toe design, the Z/1 provides a level of comfort and performance seldom found in a sport sandal. A single buckle and easily adjustable pull-through strap system holds your feet securely in every condition, making this ultra-durable style a top choice for outdoor adventurers. Strap Width: Men's 25mm Approx. Weight: Men's 29oz Available in new sizes and widths: Men's whole sizes, US 7-15 medium width, US 7-12 wide width
- Mountain Hideaway refers to the men's version
Men's Chaco Z1 Sandals are high performance sandals ideal for climbing approaches, hiking, canyoneering, and any other summertime activities. Easily adjustable pull through strap system ensures that you can pick the fit: super tight for the most technical of situations or a little looser when it is time to relax. Unaweep Vibram sole provides excellent traction throughout the wettest conditions and is 20 percent lighter than the older versions of this sandal. A Luvseat platform footbeds provide a level of comfort and performance seldom found in sport sandals. Chaco's infinitely-adjustable, pull-through strap system and a single buckle hold your feet securely in all kinds of conditions. No strapping through the toes makes these sock-friendly sandals. All Chaco sandals can be resoled, extending the life of your sandals for years. The Z1 is the most popular sandal Chaco has to offer. Whether you're looking for river sandals, swim sandals or hike sandals, you'll love the Chaco Z1. Upper: Polyester webbing. Footbed: Polyurethane. Midsole: Polyurethane. Outsole: Vibram Unaweep rubber. Weight: 30 oz. or 0.85 kg. Color: Black
- Tahoe Mountain Sports refers to the men's version
Chaco '12 Z/1(R) Unaweep Multisport Sandal Velocity (Mens)A deep lug grip, contoured LUVSEAT(TM) platform and open-toe design provide a level of comfort and performance seldom found in a sport sandal. A single buckle and Custom Adjust'em(TM) fit adjustable straps hold feet securely in every condition.FeaturesPolyester webbing.LUVSEAT(TM) X01 platform.Custom Adjust'em Fit.Vegan.Vibram(R) Unaweep Outsole. Resolable. Non-marking.
- River Sports Outfitters refers to the men's version
CLOSEOUTS . The leather version of Chaco's classic Z1 sandal, this shoe ups the style and comfort with wider, chafe-free leather straps and an ultra-soft, nubuck-covered footbed. Leather upper Nubuck-lined polyurethane footbed Vibram(R) rubber outsole Medium width Made in China Half sizes order up. Visit our Shoe Sizing Guide Available Colors: CHOCOLATE BROWN, BISON. Sizes: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version