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Gear Review: Flip-Flops

These four flip flops are made with the outdoor enthusiast in mind–massaging footbeds, illuminating LED lights, sturdy straps, and rock-solid arch support are just some of their sporty features.

by: Katie Herrell

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The North Face Basecamp (Courtesy Photo)
The North Face Basecamp (Courtesy Photo)
Teva Illum (Courtesy Photo)
Teva Illum (Courtesy Photo)
Chaco Flip EcoTread (Courtesy Photo)
Chaco Flip EcoTread (Courtesy Photo)
Ocean Minded Seaweed (Courtesy Photo)
Ocean Minded Seaweed (Courtesy Photo)

[all-day comfort]
Chaco Flip EcoTread
For summer wardrobes consisting of pair after pair of flip flops, the EcoTreads are an active, all-day performance superstar. A waffle-stamped, contoured footbed offers great support and comfort—thanks to a deep heel cup and pronounced arch support. The webbed straps make them quick-drying and practical for grungy pursuits like weekend car-camping, short hikes, and all-day festivals in grassy fields. One tester found the wider straps stayed on her foot really well -- even in flip-flop hell, sand. The low-profile rubber outsole (made of 25% recycled rubber, hence the name "EcoTread") makes for decent traction on a variety of surfaces. Note: Sizes run small.

The Stats:

Price: $50
Weight: 1 lb. 2 oz. (Women’s 8)
Sizes: Women's 5-12 ; Men's 7-15

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Rob H
Apr 07, 2013

These are the best. They have arch support, stand up to water well, very comfortable and wear extremely well.

Jul 19, 2011

Best pair of flip flops I have ever put on are the Montrail Molokai. Amazing arch support and they are also heat moldable. They make the $60 price tag well worth it.

Alicia Lopez
Aug 07, 2010

I purchased the Chaco's at the indecent price of $50 just for the arch support. These were by far the most uncomfortable flip-flops ever. The arch support was rock solid with no give and the straps gave me blisters on the top of my feet. Save your money!

nikki o
Jul 27, 2010

really, i always wear flip flops when not on the trail. and when i'm in sand or taking a break it's the $10 ones from who knows where and they work perfectly fine.

Jul 21, 2010

Yeah, I have a nice $30 pair of flip flops that weigh 1 pound too. Bought a generic pair at a local drug store for $3 that weigh 8oz. That's 8oz for a pair of mens size 11.

Jul 20, 2010

Great price, extremely comfortable. I bought 2 pair. Love 'em. I have Reef, Teva, Sanduk and Rainbow sandals and these are just as good if not better than some.

Jul 20, 2010

yikes... and I thought Crocs were expensive :(

I wear Crocs, which are extremely light (extra bonus when packing!), comfortable and fairly affordable.

I think speedo has some similar flip flops with support and sole for <$20

"Old Buzzard"
Jul 20, 2010

I thru-hiked the A.T. in '08 and my trailshoes, which I got on sale for less than these flip-flops. Is this some kind of joke?!!

Jul 20, 2010

Reef Fanning are the way to go. They $46, have a bottle opener on the bottom, air cushioned heel, and soft neoprene strap. I am on my 7th summer with a pair, and will be replacing them with the same ones next year.

Jul 15, 2010

maybe those old navy sandals for a buck will do the job. :)

John Taylor
Jul 13, 2010

$28 dollars for flip flops? really? when did camping start becoming an expensive weekend with the family? i guess when someone started making it "trendy."

Jul 13, 2010

No thanks ... I'll take a $10 pair of flip flops and a $40 headlamp over Teva's flip flops any day. I can see the LED light failing in short order.

Rich Pavel
Jul 12, 2010

At that price you have one of the most value driven options around. "Fun"ctional is for me. Ocean Minded has the spirit and the goods!


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