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    The Chaco Z/2 Sandals sturdy your foot like a hiking boot for summer hiking and hanging out.

    The Chaco Z/2 Unaweep Men's Sandal is perhaps the most secure sandal on the planet. Its Unaweep outsole is 20% lighter than Chaco's previous sandals, and it's ideal for activities that demand solid footing in or out of water. The Z/2 sandal's strap configuration offers an adjustable toe loop that adds a measure of security to your foot, making them incredibly stable. Whether you're a river rat who needs a super grippy sandal or you just want a sturdy, great-looking pair of sandals that will last ages, the Chaco Z/2 Unaweeps will last for years.
    • Item #CHA0034

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    polyurethane, rubber, nylon
    Sole
    Unaweep Vibram sole
    Recommended Use
    casual, fly fishing, river wading, camping, hiking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    Lifetime

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    Great Sandals

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 15

    Have only worn these sandals for a handful to trips to high country streams for brook trout. They are a little on the heavy side but they have great traction on both trails and in the water, are durable, dry quickly, and are comfortable. Great sandal worth every penny.

    Durable, Good Grip, Uncomfortable

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    These sandals will start to become uncomfortable if you're walking a long distance, especially if the straps get wet because it'll rub worse. The strap will also tighten around your toe as you walk until you have to stop and loosen it. Others say that once they've gotten dirty enough that the strap stops adjusting but that certainly hasn't been the case for me. The part of the footbed that rises around the heel is likely to rub your foot raw. These problems do improve with time and steadily breaking them in but never really go away. They're good for kayaking, boating, and relaxing so take it easy with the distances you walk in these little guys.

    Durable.

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size

    Gave as a gift to a friend for his birthday as he's been checking out mine for quite sometime now. His initial impression was they are a bit heavier of a shoe than he is used to, but they seem super durable and will be great for summer hiking. He said they do run a little bit skinny. Says he has a skinny foot, and they were still a bit slim on him. If you have a wider foot, I would definitely recommend getting these in "wide". length wise runs true to size but width definitely Narrow.

    Good sandals, worth owning

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10

    I've tracked these things through Europe, mountains, canyons, and rivers. They work well. I usually keep the toe strap down under my foot unless I am doing aggressive hiking. It also took a while for my foot to get used to them. I had to put up with some blisters when I first started using them, but they work great now. Get a pair, it's worth it.

    Flip flopped my opinion on chacos

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    Used to think they were too expensive and ugly. Planned a trip to Central America and decided I better sacrifice fashion for a show I could wear in all conditions I would encounter. Over time in Costa Rica, once I had them dialed in, I grew to love them for their function and looks even. They remain my everyday single quiver until it gets too cold. Haven't had any serious complaints, but lets dive in to the pros and cons



    Pros: Function, quality materials, looks, compliments galore, can walk on water... oops I mean in water, grippy vibrams, backcountry exclusive color scheme, value



    Cons:Virtually nonadjustable once worn in dirty conditions for multiple days. maybe I need more man strength, but they wont budge now, not the greatest torsional qualities.



    Summary: Buy them if you are going to be outside when the weather is 32F or above.. just make sure you get them adjusted correctly right away so you don't get stuck with straps out of position when they stop adjusting.

    Flip flopped my opinion on chacos

    Great Sandal!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11

    These are great, burly sandals. If you are looking for a sandal to wear more than just occasionally in the water, these aren't for you (strictly because of price) but if you want an everyday sandal to wear in the water, around town, and everything in between these are for you. They are super comfortable and provide great support when walking. I like how the toe loop keeps your foot glued to the sole (there is some heel lift but it doesn't cause any blister or negative affects). It takes a little bit to get used (day or two) to but the toe loop is great.

    I wear a size 11.5 in Vans, Nikes, Keens, and Solomons and the size 11 in Chacos fit perfect.

    All you NEED in a Water Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I love my Chacos and my boyfriend was in need of a good boat/water shoe to use when fishing and guiding out of his Clacka. I told him to look no further than Chacos. These things are the best. They grip in and out of the water, dry quickly, and are durable. They are versatile with enough stability to hike in but giving enough to where they grip rocks or whatever sort of foothold you have to leverage from when rowing. Don't ignore the hype, people! These things are worth their weight in gold and you will never regret snagging a pair for your next water endeavor.

    I put true to size on these since he normally wears an 8.5-9.0 and went with the 9. That said, depending on what you are into you could want more or less material under your foot. Where he is constantly in/out of the boat and can risk stubbing his foot and also needs a solid platform these do fit larger on his foot. If you are looking to use these more for hiking and just as a recreational water shoe, feel free to size down for a tighter more streamline fit

    not good - at least for my foot

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 13

    decided to try the Chaco's for a change after so many positives. Not a fit for me. I wore them for about an hour walking the dogs and got a horrible blister on the outside of my right foot next to where the heel piece connects to the sole.

    Gave them to a friend with the same shoe size and ordered a pair of Teva Terri-fi sandals. Great fit and no problems.

    I cannot hate on the Chaco - but they just did not work for me. I wear a size 13 and have a moderately wide foot with kinda broad heels.

    He loves 'em!

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size

    Got these for my boyfriend after he saw how much I've enjoyed my Chacos over the last 2 years. He initially ordered a size 12 since he normally wears an 11.5 and thought his big toe should have more room than he actually found necessary. Backcountry was super helpful with the return (even after our dog destroyed the original packaging) and got him the right size very quickly. Overall he's been loving wearing them as his only summer shoe and is geeking out over his new tan lines.

    He loves 'em!

    One sandal to rule them all

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 8

    Whenever I wear these hiking, everybody asks "€œhow can you hike in those?"€™ My reply, "€œhow can you not!"€ Chaco has designed something that is the perfect shoe for summer. I wear these all summer because I can do anything in them, and I do mean anything. Approaches to the crag are made easy with these because of their durable Vibram sole that has fantastic traction, much better compared to the Yampa sole (Unaweep aka-the workhorse€). When I wear these hiking I take advantage of the fact that they are sandals, when you come to a river crossing you can just charge right through it, and cool off. In fact the Chaco sandal is the choice sandal for river guides. The foot bed in these is actually certified by the Podiatric Association of America. It is incredibly comfortable with great arch support. Many friends of mine have used them when they travel because they are so comfortable to walk in for extended periods on time. Overtime the sandal begins to form to your foot; you'€™ll never want another sandal again.
    I love these sandals, the nylon straps are soft and I have had zero issues with them cutting into my feet or causing blisters. The coolest part of the straps is not only the many color variations, but the killer tan line that develops after prolonged use. The tan line is a dead giveaway of someone who loves them just as much as I do. They are very adjustable, and will fit almost any size foot. When sizing the Unaweep, base the size you need off of arch support, the length is not crucial unless your toes are hanging over the end.
    There are a few drawbacks to these sandals, as with anything, it isn'€™t perfect. They are heavy for a sandal, compared to their little brother, the Yampa, they are noticeably heavier. Also when hiking you have to mind your steps, because of the open toe design you can stub your toe, if you plan your steps this is easily avoidable. Dirty feet is another drawback, especially if you live in a dry climate, or a really wet climate, you will have to do some serious scrubbing after a week long hiking trip. Some of us like those dirty toes though! :)
    I use these almost every day and will continue too until the durable sole has worn out. I recommend these sandals to anyone who doesn'€™t want a conventional hiking shoe, beach shoe, or walking shoe. The versatility of these sandals is what makes them so great, and why I will never get rid of mine.

    One sandal to rule them all

    Love the sandals hate the stench!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Love the sandals hate the stench! Have only had the sandals for a couple of months this summer, love them! However I think I have to get rid of them, walked through wet sand once which allowed water in the cracks where the sandals adjust and boy do they stink! I've washed a couple times and they are fine but as soon as they get wet again the stench returns. For example last night went to waterpark with kids, got shoes a little wet and today they stink terrible.

    Unless anybody has some ideas on how to fix my wife will make me get rid of these.

    Go Anywhere!

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    Go Anywhere!

    Follow up.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    Well I just came back from a colossal camp trip with my sons. We all had a brand new pair of the Z2's. We took them hiking and through the Rio Grande river, even took them canyoneering and a little rock scaling. Needless to say they took a beating but not our feet. The sandals are amazingly comfortable and built to last. I came home and ordered a pair of the Z1's. They do run close to size. I wear a 9.5 in all shoes, these are perfect in the 9, the 10's were too big. If you are on the fence about theses sandals get them, I'm pretty sure you wont be disappointed.

    Tanks for your feet, without the boom.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10

    Love the Z/2 and use it as my approach shoe most of the time since I hate putting my toes back into prison after the climb. I wear a size 10.5 runner and the 10 fits great.

    Love them

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11

    I have 3 or 4 pair of chacos and just bought my brother a pair. I love the footbed on them. The straps (especially the toe strap) can be a bit uncomfortable at first but just takes some getting used to. It's a great feature once you do - gives your sandals a good solid feel. I've done everything in them from backpacking to river trips to hanging out around a fire.

    Officially Converted

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9

    My husband was unsure about using Chacos, but I knew he'd love them so I ordered them anyway. From the second he put them on to the first hike, he couldn't say anything bad about them. He's officially a Chaco guy now!

    Good not perfect

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 10

    First and foremost I want to say that this company kicks some serious a** with its customer service. 10 outta 10. I tried these on in the store and was happy with the fit, unfortunately when I got them they were running big. That being said these folks took great care of me and set up the exchange for a smaller pair with no trouble. I will be ordering my gear from this site for a long time to come.

    Same As Always

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    This is my 3rd pair. You wont find a better river sandal out there. Works great for those side hikes and around the boat. Just don't forget to bring the salve on those longer trips, because your feet are going to dry out!

    Built to support you and your pack too.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large

    There are no other sandals I've felt I could hike for days in, with my pack on.



    The great arch support and very thick durable soles are made solidly, with just the right slight flex. I've tried them ones without the big toe loop, and this Z2 style is more solid and stable underfoot, especially through running water. The tops are patterned to be grippy when wet and also comfortable, not leaving lines in your feet. Where the chord passes into the sole is tight enough to not let sand in, or even to allow water squeaking.



    I recommend males buying one size less than closed toe shoe size.



    How much do these weigh? Are they a good...

    How much do these weigh? Are they a good around-the-camp shoe for backpacking or are they too heavy?

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    Anyone have a picture of the zipper in the...

    Anyone have a picture of the zipper in the wild? I'm a little concerned about the orange, don't want them to be super bright.

    Recently took mine to Colorado as my main...

    Recently took mine to Colorado as my main hiking shoe. I noticed on any steep hikes that were 6+ miles, the straps would start tightening up (particularly the toe strap), enough so to start cutting blood flow considerably. At first I thought it was just my feet swelling a little bit, but after leaving them alone overnight, I could barely get my foot into the straps when it was an easy slip on the day before. At this point the straps were pretty set and hard to loosen, but I managed to get them loose after some time and effort. Same exact thing happened on the next days hike...

    Has anyone else experienced this? I would like to remedy this and avoid returning them...

    This happens to mine alot. Even after a normal day walking. Unfortunately I think it is just part of the strap design, especially when you're hiking on steep stuff.
    To make it easier to adjust when it gets tight, you can squirt liquid fabric softener into the webbing holes and 'floss' the webbing to remove any dirt and grit. That might make it tighten up easier too, though.

    what is the color option shown in the...

    what is the color option shown in the detail views? I haven't ever seen it before. Is it available? I'm not sure why this picture is showing up as a goat, but if you click on it, it will show one of the pictures above.

    what is the color option shown in the...
    Unanswered Question

    hey I am looking at the mens size 8 z2...

    hey I am looking at the mens size 8 z2 unaweep edgy chaco sandal and am wondering if the base is black or brown? Also are the details shown online in the "yelloish" color the "edgy" or is that another color? Thanks!

    I have a had a couple of pairs for a couple...

    I have a had a couple of pairs for a couple of years, and love them but they seem to smell rank when I get them wet. Is there something to treat them with to correct this?

    My Chacos are probably 3 years old now .. I only wear them around the house with socks, and only occasionally get them wet. Anyway, got them wet the other day and they smelled pretty 'feet'y. Sprayed them with bleach, but that didn't seem to help. Popped them into the dish washer (first time trying that) and the bottom of the sandals popped off, whoops! But it did reveal that a bunch of mold and gunk had built up inside the shoe, where the straps go down into the plastic foot bed. Pretty nasty. Definitely where the smell was coming from. I'm surprised that moisture could have gotten down in there, but I suppose it can wick down. Anyhow, that might be your problem too. Not sure there's a good solution, sorry.

    I am concerned about my foot sweating due...

    I am concerned about my foot sweating due to the rubber foot bed. Do people find them getting sticky from sweat? I don't want my feet hot due to contact with rubber; I wish they used an antimicrobial material like Teva.

    You might sweat a bit with Chacos, but they are sandals and they do stay pretty cool. My feet don't sweat that much in general, so I don't have a problem with the Chacos. One tip I would give is to just keep the rubber footbed clean (to decrease grossness and sweat, because when you do sweat, the sweaty rubber attracts dirt etc) - one of the best things about these babies is you can throw them in the washing machine. However, if you're looking to step up from Tevas but want a more specifically designed footbed, you might also check out Keens. They have an anti-odor anatomic footbed, which is very comfortable in my opinion.

    They Poly footbed is antimicrobial in the fact that it can not absorb any moisture, any bacteria that is thinking about making a home there will not have a place to hide. Even the poly straps are antimicrobial. Be careful believing the "antimicrobial" claims, usually it is some sort of spay or treatment to the material that wears off after use.

    Simply letting your chacos dry in the sun will prevent any sort of bacteria, as it is killed from UV.

    I've heard mixed reviews about the current...

    I've heard mixed reviews about the current version of Chaco's (made in China) also It seems like neither Back Country nor REI is restocking any of them.
    I'm I out of luck of ever getting a pair of Chaco's?
    If I'm not out of luck what's the difference betweeen the different soles (Unaweep vs Unaweep pro)?

    Actually, Chacos have been made in China for a couple of years now.

    The pro sole is a softer, marking sole. This is good if you will be wearing them in and out of water (such as flyfishing or rafting) or need increased traction for scrambling over rocks. However, for everyday use the pro sole will wear down much quicker than their regular Vibram sole.

    If you really want the Z2's, they can be ordered from the Chaco website itself (although, like backcountry.com, it appears that they don't have all the sizes in each color in stock).

    Hey Rick...

    Have no fear, all of the new 2011 Chaco Z2's will be available shortly, probably mid Feb on BC.com. It is normal that brands and retailers move out of their Sandal inventory for the winter months.

    It is correct that Chaco has been producing their sandals in China for the past 4 years. People like to play that in a negative way, but it has in fact helped make the product fit, feel, and perform more consistently.

    I just got my Chacos and the straps are...

    I just got my Chacos and the straps are quite hard to adjust, and was wondering if they loosen up over time, or whats the best way to make them slide through the sole easier?

    Best Answer

    I think part of the difficulty with moving the strap through the sole is so that you don't have to worry about it moving and having to adjust it all the time. I adjust mine sometimes to pull the toe strap tight against the sole so that I can make them in the Z/1s and I think it has become a little easier to move it over time but again I think it is supposed to be hard to move.

    I agree with Donald Schmit. In general, they are designed to be hard to adjust (so that once you get them adjusted just right they don't slip). Adjusting can get a little easier over time (unless you've had them a while, in which case the dirt that gets in them makes it harder). So, in short, I would say don't worry about it. They are supposed to be hard to adjust (because if you are doing some serious scrambling in them, you don't want the strap to slip).

    Hey Eric, They are designed to be hard to pull through. Otherwise they could have the tendency to self tighten as you hike/ walk. I feel that a properly fit chaco will never have to be re adjusted. The key is; make sure you don't over tighten them to start. You should be able to slide your little finger under each strap, they should feel on the loss side at first, so your feet have some room to swell.

    After time, the dirt and crud will get down in the midsole and essentially lock up the straps. This is not a big deal for a properly fit chaco, but if you want to readjust them you can soak them in some warm soapy water, and pull on the straps until you floss out the dirt.

    ryan

    does anyone know when chaco was established/the...

    does anyone know when chaco was established/the history? i looked all over the web and could not find and i am interested, help please.

    Best Answer

    Hey Carter,
    I had wondered this myself and here is some of the information I found on the web.
    Chaco is a Colorado based company which was recently acquired by Wolverine World Wide, Inc in January 2009. For a brief summary of the Chaco history try:
    http://www.ehow.com/about_5092921_chaco-sandals.html
    For more information, including an interview with Mark Paigen check out:
    http://www.eganllc.com/blog/2007/5/17/mark-paigen-tells-the-chaco-story-circa-2004.html

    I'd like to order Z2 sandals cahco Indonesia...

    I'd like to order Z2 sandals cahco Indonesia number 40 .. the color black ... how do your order ..

    I wear a 10 3E shoe....wide fat feet. Do...

    I wear a 10 3E shoe....wide fat feet. Do these come in wide....or will a 10 be big enough. Bizrate has your sale price at 47.48. But when I try to check out price is $95...help

    There are wide options for most of the Chaco sandals, just check out their website: www.chacousa.com. Your best bet is to get fitted at a shoe shop if you're worried about sizing. Also, $95 is the price listed even on Chaco's site, maybe they where on sale at some of the stores listed on Bizrate?

    I have noticed that different reviewers...

    I have noticed that different reviewers commented on size differences between Chaco Z/2 and their normal street shoe size. Do the Chaco's tend to run "large" size wise? I typically wear a 9 to 9.5 street shoe and hiking boot and I do not want to order the wrong size.

    Unanswered Question

    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.

    Josh,

    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.

    A precocious lab puppy chewed up my son's...

    A precocious lab puppy chewed up my son's chacos. will they repair them? what do you think the cost would be?

    Im going to northern ireland in july and...

    Im going to northern ireland in july and basically am going to be camping for the whole month are these sandals something that wont fall apart strap wise if im gonna be waterlogged a majority of the time?

    I bought these Z2's with the side-by-sid...

    I bought these Z2's with the side-by-side/double double strap in black from you guys after christmas and am just now getting to wear them every day after work. The thing is that i have the "strap is to tight on the big toe loop" problem. I've been doing some searches and have seen similar posts on reviews but no fixes. Any clue? Am i cursed to go back to Teva? Can i squirt some type of lube in the groves on eiter side of the toe strap or does that cancle the warrenty? I realy like these sandles except for the purple toe effect. Thanks for any insite you or fellow gear junkies can offer.

    I usually wear a size 10 shoe, so what...

    I usually wear a size 10 shoe, so what size of chacos would be good for a snug fit?

    Write your question here...Why does Tyler...

    Write your question here...Why does Tyler Orlander in his 12/3/08 product review of Chaco Z/2s say that "It's true that Chaco will resole or replace the straps for free..." when it is actually $40 to have them resoled? It seems very misleading to me if not a flat out lie. You may want to remove that review and perhaps be a bit more discriminating when you pick your review writers in the future.
    That's just my $.02.

    I need good support; what can you tell...

    I need good support; what can you tell me