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Chaco Garvin

rated 4 of 5 stars

The Garvin has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best hiking boots for 2023.

photo: Chaco Garvin hiking boot

Not just a great hiking boot but my favorite shoe to wear just about anywhere. I thought they were crazy expensive when I first bought them but looking back, they have been one of few things that have lived up to what I paid. My Garvins have seen everything from Yellowstone backpacking to a wedding to horseback riding to fancy restaurants.

The quality is what makes them my favorite. No seams to split or let water in, no Gore-tex to make your feet too hot in the summer, simple, useful design that makes them blend with whatever you wear and longevity that surpasses any other hikers I have had. They have formed to my feet and feel like part of my them. My biggest problem is that I did not purchase a second pair while they were being made. Now I can't find a pair of men's Garvins anywhere.

Materials: leather
Use: from dayhikes to trails with medium packs.
Break-in Period: about 8-10 miles
Price Paid: $200

I have been wearing Chaco sandals for five years and am amazed at the outstanding quality, performance and aesthetics that Chaco produces. The Chaco Garvin is no different. I wore the Garvins to the wildlife animal park here in Glendale, AZ, and was so impressed I immediately ordered a second pair.

Just like the sandals the boots excel in quality, performance and aesthetics. There really is a noticable advantage in the Biocentric design they build into their products, Chaco doesn't just talk the talk they Walk the Walk pun intended. Walking in their products is a good experience, and I will continue to use and promote the Chaco company.

Materials: Leather
Use: short treks and travel
Break-in Period: minimal
Price Paid: $99

I bought these sight unseen on the internet and was sorely disappointed. They didn't fit right and hurt my feet to walk in them. I think they hurt not due to the fact of fitting, they just have some things that rub the wrong way. They are just a tad small in the toe box. The reasons for not liking them may be my own fault but they don't fit to size if you ask me.

Price Paid: low

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