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 5-12A modern take on the classic hiking boot, the Talus GTX® boot is wrap-around comfortable and designed to tackle a variety of difficult terrains and climates. A full-grain leather upper and 360° rubber rand offer tough abrasion resistance while GORE-TEX® lining provides breathable, waterproof protection. A unique speed lace-and-hook combination ensure a secure fit, and the aggressively lugged Vibram® Bifida outsole gives traction and durability.
100% waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® lining for the ultimate in comfortable, breathable waterproof protection.
Vibram® Bifida outsole is the staple hiking boot outsole due to its advanced lug design that provides traction on varying terrains.
A full-grain, all-leather upper provides outstanding waterproof protection while the leather padded collar offers ankle comfort.
Abrasion-resistant rand encircles the boot where wearing most often occurs.
Speed lace and hook combination system for a secure, true fit and quick entry and removal of boot.
Second lace color option included with order.
6.5" of support.
Lightweight at 52 oz
Backpacking, Trekking, Hiking, Wilderness Rescue