Montrail PR Sabino Trail
Supportive, comfortable trail sandals with great traction.
Brand: Montrail PR
Model: Sabino Trail
How do you improve one of the grippiest, most durable, most supportive sandals out there? Make it even more grippy, durable, and supportive. That’s what Chaco has done with the Pro, and if you want an open-air hiker, this is it. In collaboration with Vibram, Chaco developed a new rubber formula with less elasticity. The result: a sole that bites into micro nooks and crannies underfoot—in and out of water—almost as well as a climbing shoe, and is even more durable than previous models.
And a polyurethane midsole gives the sandal the underfoot feel of a light hiker that has exceptional arch support. On New Zealand’s Inland Pack Track, one tester reported that it had more support and better traction than the lightweight boots he left at home. “And I didn’t have to take off shoes and socks at each of the 22 river crossings,” he says. “It held even on underwater boulders when I was getting pushed off balance by the current.”
Desert hikers also loved the Pro, since there’s no upper to trap sand and dirt (but keep an eye out for thorns). It comes in two models: Z/1 (no toe strap) and Z/2 (pictured). $105; 2 lbs.; m’s 7-15, w’s 5-12Womens and Mens SABINO TRAIL (GL2104, GM2101)
Performance running shoe built for stability and protection on the trail
Synthetic leather and nylon mesh upper materials for a lightweight and flexible feel
Dual density compression-molded EVA midsole for stability and support
Soft EVA heel and forefoot internal pods for cushioning
Thermoplastic midfoot shank for torsional rigidity and support
Gryptonite outsole provides great traction on wet and dry surfaces
Gusseted tongue keeps out debris
Details- Women’s: 10.25 oz.; Last: ULT; Cool Grey, Lemon Mist (063), Blue River, Gold Dust (413); $100
Men’s: 12.8 oz.; Last: ULT; Cool Grey, Tiger (066), Blue Chip, Yellow (493); $100