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 5-12The Radical 452 GXT® boot is as light as it is tough. While internal and external support structures (via the patent pending TERRA FORCE® technology) deliver stability and responsiveness, a supportive midsole and sturdy footplate provide comfort. And the waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® liner keeps feet dry all day long.
100% waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® lining for the ultimate in comfortable, breathable waterproof protection.
TERRA FORCE technology provides exceptional boot support and stability without the traditional weight. The four components in the exclusive TERRA FORCE system combine to form an extremely rigid, stable platform that's also comfortable and supportive.
Danner Boulder TF outsole employs multi-directional center lugs and traditional outer lugs for a failsafe pattern that gets you comfortably and safely to your destination, whether its uphill, downhill or on a sidehill.
Full-grain nubuck leather upper offers better protection in cold and wet environments while offering the some of the best abrasion- and scuff-resistance of all of our leather options.
Scuff-proof toe cap provides protection where boots tend to show wear.
4.5" for added ankle mobility.
Lightweight at 46 oz.