User Review: Chaco Men's Z/1
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.