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With the Yampa on your foot, the cooler is always half-full.

You thought your long floats on the gentle river through town couldn't get any better, but they do once you slip on the Chaco Men's Z/2 Yampa Sandal. The Vibram Yampa outsole provides the slip-resistant tread you need to portage your tubes and half-empty cooler over the shallows, while still giving you Chaco's trusted traction on any trail you wander this summer.

  • The Addstride footbed provides textured cushioning and arch support
  • Custom Adjust'em upper made from soft polyester utilizes a continuous strap and buckle design for a set-and-forget fit
  • Toe strap keeps your forefoot in contact with the footbed for a great feel of the trail and consistent stride
  • ChaPU midsole dampens rough trails and river rocks so you can get on with your adventure without a sore foot
  • Totally vegan construction fits in with your eco-friendly lifestyle
  • The sandal is machine washable for easy freshening up half-way through summer

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5 5

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Marie!

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

If you're here, you probably already know of the legendary function and form of the Chaco Z/2. If you want a no-doubter sandal that will follow you into the dark like an indie riff or one that never questions your ambitions much akin to that ski-town Aussie whose babelicious owner you approach with some number-one-choice-of-choosy-moms extra creamy peanut butter strategically placed between your toes, the Chaco Z/2 is for you. These things adhere to the bottoms of my feetisses like East Coast gapers to the underside of a roller. I have already tallied around a hundred miles of ruggeder hiking on these new Chacos this summer (previously had the Z/1; enjoy the Z/2 better), but have unfortunately not had the pleasure of putting them to river use yet (I'll be back in the Madison in the fall, don't worry!). These things are the bomb dot com. Do not worry about durability: Chaco is a good company and will work with you on any problem. Don't forget to ask for stickers and rep 'em! Future photos will be posted as rad adventures warrant.

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Marie!
5 5

Great Sandal, but has its limits.

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

This was my first pair of Chacos, and I have had a good experience. I have also found what they are not good for. First off the sandal is comfortable and great for amphibious activities. However not ALL amphibious activities. Due to a wrong turn, I ended up doing roughly 7 miles of river slogging and heavy bush whacking in these. To say the least, my feet were in a lot of pain by the end of the day. Despite this, the sandal is great for more moderate activities such as hiking on a very shallow river, beach wear, casual wear, or slot canyon travel. I also wore these for technical canyoneering in Neon canyon. There are definitely better options for canyoneering enthusiasts, but these gave me the grip I needed to escape a keeper pothole in Neon. They were also nice for swimming in the canyon. The downside is less protection on your feet, and cold feet. That being said, these can cover a lot of needs outdoors and are easy shoe to bring along on backpacking trips.

Great Sandal, but has its limits.

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Chacos... great for cliff jumping where you have to hike out of the water and back to the top. Also nice to have something to break the water when you hit.

5 5


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

These are sweet! Super comfy, and my chaco tan gets compliments wherever I go. If you wear a half-size, size down for lower-profile look/fit. I like these better than the Unaweeps because they're lighter and don't look quite as chunky.

5 5

my favorite pair

Very versatile pair of sandals! I take them everywhere (strolling around town, hiking, the beach, the river, etc). Very comfortable.

3 5

Took some time to break in/get used to.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought my first pair of Tevas in the early 90's. For years, the only thing that touched my feet were sandals or ski boots. I regularly approach climbs in flip flops. I have spent summers walking Europe in Flip flops... Yet for whatever reason, these sandals took some serious getting used to. I've used them dry, wet, hiking etc. At the end of a long day my feet were sore. The sides where the straps connect at the heal is where my feet would get sore and my toes would feel friction. I finally figured that looser in the straps works better for me.

Also, the first time I used them in the South Eastern Utah desert, one of the straps stopped working. I got home, washed them, used softner as directed. It is almost impossible to get one of the toe straps to move on one sandal. I can't imagine floating the river and constantly walking in sand and not having this be a problem.

According to everyone else loving these, I assume that I have something strange in one of my sandals preventing the strap from sliding.

I definitely like these better now than I did at first. I especially like them for approach and belaying when at the crag. It just took a while for them and my feet to come together.

Long break in period (for me) and the strap issue make them a 3 star for me. They say use the arch as a feel for size; but, I definitely would say go down if you are a half size since these only come in whole sizes.

Wow... long review.

Took some time to break in/get used to.
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Follow up after owning these for several years and putting them through a lot:

I don't hate them enough to replace them and I do use them on a very regular basis; however, there is no way my next pair of sandals will be another pair of Chacos. This is not based on durability in anyway. These are tough and the straps and soles have worn well. I still enjoy these for certain scenarios like approach and desert hikes etc. Non the less, these have never been truly comfortable and both left and right sandals have straps that are completely impossible to adjust due to sand in the holes.

I will miss the sole of these Chacos; but, not the lack of comfort or strap issues.

Again, I don't hate them enough to replace them now; but, I don't enjoy them enough to buy another pair. I would be interested to hear if others have had stuck strap issues. I cannot see how they wouldn't.

4 5

No benefit to the specialized water sole

I got a pair of these to review on a kayak trip this sumer. My thoughts are that I just do not see the benefit of the yampa sole as to the regular z/2. I have found that the grip does not stick to wet rock any better than in my regular soled Z/2's and found the products to be a mirror of one another. If you do a lot of water sports this may be a sole sandal for you, but if you are buying these because you believe they are a water specific chaco, I suggest sticking with your old chaco's, because to me the difference was not notable. I usually wear my chaco's to all functions wet or dry and find them to work just fine. I wear a size 10.5 in a normal shoe and with chaco's the size 9 measures 11.2 inches which fits my foot that measures 10.75 from heal to captain (big toe) perfectly. If you wear an 11 I would go 10 and so on and so forth. I find that if wear an 10 in these I have too much extra space on the foot bed and end up toe kicking roots, rocks and other obstacles that should be easily passed.

5 5

Viva la Webbing!

These sandals have been sweeping through the outdoor world recently and after getting a pair it's easy to feel why. They're just super comfortable. The strap takes a bit of yanking to get the fit right, but once their set they fit as easily as a turban did on Osama. The thick sole provides a lot of cushioning and I've hiked with loads up to 50 lbs while wearing them. The sole does make them considerably more heavy than Crocs or Sanuks so unfortunately a camp shoe, they are not. But as an approach shoe or just a steezy place to rest your fee they excel.

5 5

Got me in a toe hold!

Just picked up my pair of Chacos yesterday. Wore them around the house and walked a few miles in the park with them on. Super comfy, the strap system does take some time to learn and adjust correctly to your liking. Once you get them tuned in it feels like your walking bare foot. Absolutely marvelous pair of technical sandals good from walking/hiking to rock climbing.

Got me in a toe hold!
5 5

Lotto' Chaco Love

I have always been a teva guy, and still respect the company, but these are just too good. The way the footbed hugs the arch and cradles the foot is unprecedented in the sandal world. It also brings to mind birkenstocks and their argument of a firmer sole is better over a plush, pillowy footbed. I'll have to agree. The strap system feels like it's not even there, but does a great job securing the foot from heel strike to push-off. The only thing is the straps tend to shift when they are new, meaning repetitive adjustment until they settle down.

5 5

one chaco to rule them all

As already mentioned, despite having the same great fit and distinct sole/strap profile, the Yampa uses an entirely different outsole, which shaves a great deal of weight off its Unaweep brethren, making it just as perfect for crossing the street to get a newspaper, as it would for hiking a dry riverbed in Moab. The sole isn't as lugged or stiff as the aforementioned, but that makes the Yampa a little more versatile, and less of a chore to wear. Comfortable right out of the box, they broke in very quickly.

* if you're in-between sizes, I wouldn't recommend going up. my street shoe size is a 10.5, but the 10 here fits great

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this was helpful, thanks. now if i could only find a picture of the yampa sole

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If you go to this site there are lots of pics of each color including a sole shot for each color combination. Hope that helps

What is the difference between the Chaco...

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What is the difference between the Chaco Yampa and Chaco Unaweep?

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Primarily, the Yampa has a lower-profile, lighter-weight outsole, and has a totally vegan construction. It is a new model.

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The Yampa outsole is a lighter outsole more similar to the old Colorado outsole. Probably a better option for water-based/ Casual usage. It reduces the weight by 20% over the Unaweep, and it is lower profile and less chunky looking. If you are someone who does some serious Hiking in your Chaco's Then you would want to go with the Unaweep, better traction.