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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.
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The North Face Basecamp
If your immediate post-hike ritual involves ditching the hiking boots for a comfy camp shoe, these sandals should be ready and waiting outside the tent. Their magic lies in an egg-crate-like footbed made of EVA foam that subtly massages the bottom of the foot. The rippled foam further prevents feet from sliding around even when hot and sweaty. The PVC-free Hypalon (a form of rubber resistant to UV rays & temperature extremes) straps are jersey lined and our testers experienced no rubbing or blisters, even after the first wear. If keeping your sandals clean is a concern, opt for sandals with darker straps. One downside: There is little arch support and several testers found long walks uncomfortable. But for that post-hike trek from camp chair to cooler, these sandals shine.

The Stats:
Cost: $28
Weight: 15 oz. (Women’s 10)
Women’s 6-11; Men’s 8-14
www.thenorthface.com

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