Strap your Chaco Men's National Park Z/1 Sandals to the outside of your pack when you head into the woods for a few days. A Chaco classic, these sandals are exactly what you'll want to slide your feet into after a long day of being stuck in stiff hiking boots. Cinch down the ladder lock buckle for a secure hold while you're scrambling over rocks to filter water from the river, and the Luvseat polyurethane midsole is comfortable and supportive for an evening hike to see the sunset.
- Rep the national parks with these adventure sandals
- Adjustable polyester webbing lets you customize the fit
- Ladder lock buckle is solid and secure
- LuvSeat midsole provides cushion and support
- ChacoGrip rubber holds traction while you're scrambling around camp
- Item #CHA007E
- Q & A
Z-1 Changes, Verdict is Still Out
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs large
- Height: 6'0"
- Weight: 161lbs
So I just got these, after my 5 year old pair with over 1,000 days of use practically disintegrated. Chaco has clearly made some updates/changes to the Z-1, which I prefer to having a toe strap, and I'm not sure I love them.
The strap feels a bit softer, which is nice. However, there just appears to be more material, i.e. a longer strap in total. So, after adjustments have been made and the sandal is tightened, the black tightening strap seems too long and flops around some. I could cut it, singe it, and tack it back, but it hasn't annoyed me too much just yet, and I'm hopeful that some wear and use may somehow shrink the material.
The sole is also different, no longer Vibram and now proprietary Chaco. No opinion on this yet, just a difference I've noted. We'll see if the Chaco soles compare to Vibram, but that would be a surprise since Vibram has been making soles for 80 years and I imagine you learn a thing or two in that time.
So maybe I'm being picky, or maybe I just don't remember the break-in period for my prior pair... but I was super stoked to get my new kicks on, and was initially disappointed by the floppy tightening strap.
As per typical Chaco sizing, I sized down and the fit is good. I wear 9-10.5 depending on the brand, and just swim in size 10 Chacos, while the 9 fits just right.
Will update if an update is needed...