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 5-12Wherever the hike takes you, the USA-made Explorer will get you there. A GORE-TEX® liner provides waterproof, breathable protection and a full-grain leather upper keeps feet protected from the elements. The famous Kletterlift outsole by Vibram® provides lightweight comfort, superb shock absorption, and great traction and stability on both wet and dry surfaces. Danners famous stitchdown construction offers a wider platform for stability.
Made in the USA.
100% waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® lining for the ultimate in comfortable, breathable waterproof protection.
Vibram® Kletterlift outsole is specifically designed for comfort and durability. The heel provides lightweight comfort as well as superb shock absorption. The compound guarantees great traction and stability on both wet and dry surfaces.
Stitchdown construction provides a wider platform for increased stability underfoot.
Full-grain, all leather upper offers a classic look with superior waterproof protection and durability.
6" of support and ankle mobility.
Mens 63 oz, Womens 52 oz
Backpacking, Hiking, Trekking, Wilderness Rescue, Casual Wear