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What would a day on the river be without the Chaco Men’s Z/1 Pro Sandal? This classic, open-toe sandal features an adjustable webbing strap that holds securely thanks to its side cinch buckle. The BioCentric footbed provides cushioned support for wilderness professionals, river guides, and weekend warriors alike. The Vibram Grip Pro sole provides super-sticky traction for slick river rocks, root-strewn trails, and after-dinner scrambles.

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4 5

The everywhere sandal

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

I recently gave these as a gift to my brother. I have the Chaco Z/1 Unaweep and love them, but the downside to all the grip is the weight that comes along with the thicker sole. This sandal has the perfect sole for environments ranging from slick river rocks to loose gravel and everything in between. If you are doing any canyoneering or walking across rivers often while hiking this sandal will be awesome. Great quality and they seem to never wear out. You can have these for years without noticing much wear. They provide awesome support for anyone with a regular arch. I find with the Z/1 series I wear a 9 and I wear a 9.5 in most street shoes. For wider feet most Chaco sandals are offered in wide widths. Typical of Chaco sandals they do take some patients in finding the right fit for the straps and they do take a while to break in. Once they are fit properly and the foot bed is worn in some they rule.

5 5

Best ever!

Hands down the most durable sandal you can buy. Besides, you cant beat the tan line!

2 5

Wrong soles on Sandals!!!!

I love Chacos. BUT the sandal shown above are not the ones I received when I ordered them. They have the same color straps but do not have the correct soles and that is what makes Chacos different from each other. So I received a pair of Chacos with the wrong soles. I contacted Backcountry via chat and they did not follow up or resolve the problem as they said they would. Seeing that I am living in Haiti this have been very difficult and now I have a pair of sandals I did not want but had to pay for.


Wrong soles on Sandals!!!!
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Hello David, you have the correct sole for the model you ordered. The sole you see pictured above is the "Diamond Stealth" and was discontinued by Chaco is 2007/2008. BackCountry has the wrong picture of the sole being shown. You have the 2010 "Pro" sole which is a Vibram sole with marking rubber. While the sole doesn't look as aggressive as the older Diamond Stealth, it works just as well under all conditions. I too wish they would have kept the Diamond Stealth sole.
Sorry to hear about your luck, but you were shipped the correct sandal you ordered.

Chaco Z/1 Unaweep Pro Sole

Chaco Z/1 Unaweep Pro Sole

This is a picture of the Z/1 Unaweep Pro sole that we are currently carrying.

what is the difference between the pro's...

what is the difference between the pro's and the regular Z1's?

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The Z1 Pro has a different sole. While they both have Vibram soles, the Pro sole provides better traction in and out of the water. The trade-off? The pro sole is a marking sole, meaning that it can leave marks on floors. Since it is softer, it can also wear down quicker than the regular sole.

If you aren't going to be going in and out of the water (or will be using the sandals just for hiking), then the regular Z1's should be fine. However, if you know that you are going to be wearing the shoes around rivers or other slick areas (or will be doing lots of scrambling over rocks), I'd go with the Pro (and, actually, I'd also consider the Z2 Pro, because that extra toe loop really adds to stability).

3 5

wasn't patient enough

I bought these for my husband to wear for some hiking on Maui. I wan't to eliminate having to take shoes for hiking, shoes for kayaking, get the picture. He was a little impatient and not very good with the "adjustments." He got a blister just wearing them from out hotel room to the lobby and went back and changed into running shoes. I tried to adjust them for him, but it's a little hard not having them on my feet. I LOVE my chacos and thought he would too. Not recommended for those who aren't very (or any) gadgety orriented!!!!

4 5

4 only because the toe strap version is better!

GET THE Z2 or you'll regret it. these are great, but i persuaded my twin that you get much more grip and can do more technical things with the z2. pick the z2 chaco over this one anyday

5 5

great sandals but if youre gonna do hiking in em, go for the z2, they'll keep your foot from slipping if you go through water and etc. i love these though and i've even hiked across glaciers in em.. long story.
5 5

Review Title

What an improvement over the Teva sandals I've purchased in the past! The ordering and delivery were quick and easy. It was nice to follow the delivery progress using the tracking email I received from Backcountry. The sandals were easy to adjust and feel solid without feeling heavy. These are a quality product. You get what you pay for.

What is the sizing / fit like on these? I...

What is the sizing / fit like on these? I typically wear a US 10.5 shoe size and was wondering whether to get the size 10 or the 11?


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The fit is pretty much true-to-size, but the straps are adjustable to get an individual fit. If I were you, I would get the larger size (my shoe size is also 10.5, and size 11 Chacos have always worked just fine for me).

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i wear a 10.5 normally as well but i went with the 10, in my opinion they fit better. :/

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the 11 is too big for a 10.5 street shoe guy, the 10 fits perfect and is better for more technical terrain. i've had both and i wear 10.5 in most other shoes.

the 11's are fine, but understand that they don't fit as tight as they should. they leave you a little too much room for when you need them for more versatile moves. the 10's are not gonna be too small or anything. if you're going casual and loose, 11's will have extra space to flop around in, but if you're gonna use them for what they're made for, go with a 10.

Chacos on the shore

Chacos on the shore

Chacos are THE ONLY sandals we wear when the going gets wet.

4 5

Chaco Z1

These are the standard river guide sandal. They are better than Teva sandals for durability and comfort. The Z1 has the advantage over the Z2 of more easily allowing a neoprene bootie to be worn in the sandal but the Z2 which has the toe loop is more stout for hiking. No matter what, the straps will eventually break near the big toe area. Chaco will repair them at a cost. Also, to fight this, Chaco recommends 'flossing' the sandal strap in soapy water to remove sand which breaks the strap down. I have had 8 pairs of these things in 15 years and continue to buy them because there really is no better sandal for river guiding.

Wrote chaco on the moving to china deal...

Wrote chaco on the moving to china deal and asking about colorado made sandals,this is what i got back. so order from colorado and keep them in busy.


My name is, Lisa Kondrat, I am the Manager of Chaco Repair and Warranty in Paonia, Colorado. Repair Warranty repairs Z1’s and Z2’s, makes custom sandals, produce dog collars, dog leashes, and webbing belts. There are 18 very hard working American’s at this plant.

I thought it would be remiss of me not let you know that service you are asking for does exist here at Chaco. Although the bulk of production has moved to China, the small factory in Paonia, has retained the ability to make special or custom Z1’s and Z2’s. We have had this service for quite some time. Because of the overhead involved in this type of operation we do have to charge more. Special orders are $125.00 a pair. We have a wide variety of webbing to choose from. Should you change your mind about buying Chaco’s this could be a good option for you.

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All the factory jobs are going over seas now thats just crazy but I hope business can support this small colorado factory

5 5

A great buy

These sandals are great once they are broke in. I took a small hike, walked in a few creeks and received a few blisters but after 2 weeks of wearing them they became so comfortable that i couldn't take them off. The straps became soft and my foot stop'd rubbing in the spots that were prone to blistering. I have wore them all summer long and on cold nights i can wear socks under them unlike the Z2's. They dry very fast and are just as good in the water as on Land. A great shoe in all conditions. Love them! Oh and The Life Time Warranty is true to its word. Chaco will take care of you if an issue occurs or if you need new straps,sole,etc.. they will replace them

5 5

The best

I bought a pair of these so I could use them as an approach shoe for climbing and not have to bring a pair of sandals to hang out in at the craig. What I didn't expect was to wear them everywhere. I've had them for about a year and there is almost no signs of wear when I've probably used them over 100 days including long hikes, approach climbs and scrambles, stream crossings, and walking around town. would recamend them to anyone and everyone.

how much do the chaco Z1 pros weigh, and...

how much do the chaco Z1 pros weigh, and also the Z2's ?

5 5

not a better made sandal

I have owned a pair a chaos for about 8 years and they are still solid and are not worn out. I finally bought a pair of these just to get a color change and they are the best built sandals out there. I love the keens for certain reasons but that is why I have both. The chaco is going to last longer and easier to put on and take off. great sandal for years.