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 5-12INTRODUCING THE DANNER ASCEND GTX WITH TERRA FORCE 2.0
Performance Technology Built for Extreme Outdoor Enthusiasts
With Danner, rugged boots do not have to be heavy and uncomfortable. The outdoor enthusiast who prefers lightweight support need look no further than the latest addition to Danner’s outdoor boot lineup, the Ascend GTX with TERRA FORCE™ 2.0 technology.
Experts have come to trust Danner for lightweight stability in their boots. The Ascend GTX features Danner’s latest performance platform, TERRA FORCE 2.0, taking boot technology to the next level. With innovative, modular units in the forefoot and heel and a contoured, polyurethane saddle/shank arch support system, TERRA FORCE 2.0 gives a whole new meaning to comfortable feet on and off the trail.
The comfort and support doesn’t stop at the performance platform. The Dual Podular rubber outsole provides outstanding grip and traction on the go, while a GORE-TEX® liner ensures waterproof and breathable protection in any environment. Additional comfort features include an EVA midsole for extra shock absorption and contoured cushioning, as well as a Fatigue Fighter footbed for comfort and all-day wear. Protective features including the Tec-Tuff toe allow for longevity and durability. The Ascend GTX is the ultimate in foot protection for the outdoor enthusiast who won’t be held back.
No detail was overlooked for the Ascend GTX. With all the built-in technology, the Ascend is a standout in performance and appearance. The full-grain brown leather upper and sleek detailing make the Ascend equally ready for the great outdoors as well as the big city. Previewing in spring 2009, the Ascend GTX (suggested retail price is $169.95), available in men’s sizes 7-15D, 9-13EE (with half sizes to 12).
About Danner, Inc.
Danner designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative, functional and performance footwear for experts in the work and outdoor markets. With a commitment to craftsmanship, Danner continues to build on the Company’s 76-year heritage of being
the “Experts Choice” by making premium-quality hiking, hunting, occupational, uniform and rugged casual footwear for men and women. Located in Portland, Ore., Danner is a wholly owned subsidiary of LaCrosse Footwear, Inc. For more information, please visit www.danner.com.