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APPROVAL - Owner Review - Men's Chaco Z/1 Sandals

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  • edwardripleyduggan
    Hello Anson, Looks good. Please upload to http://tinyurl.com/3ccrhj which is http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/Footwear/Sandals/Chaco%20Z1%20Sandal Do
    Message 1 of 7 , Jul 11 7:51 AM
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      Hello Anson,

      Looks good. Please upload to

      http://tinyurl.com/3ccrhj

      which is

      http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/Footwear/Sandals/Chaco%20Z1%20Sandal

      Do remember to check the "Owner Review" radio button.

      Congratulations on your first BGT Owner review!

      Best,

      Ted.


      --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Anson" <ak_xcskier@...> wrote:
      >
      > Ted,
      > I fixed the link and the rogue bracket I missed. I also added some
      > info in the product description and changed around the structure to
      > make it two paragraphs (one about the sole and one about the strap and
      > footbed). The updated review is at
      >
      http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/test/OWNER%20REVIEWS/OR%20-%20Z1%20Chaco%20Sandals%20-%20Anson%20Moxness/
      >
      > Thanks for your help
      > Anson
      >
      > --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "edwardripleyduggan"
      > <erd@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Hello Anson,
      > >
      > > I've looked over the review. A few small things.
      > >
      > > 1. The Chaco link is broken. The current code is
      > >
      > > [a href="www.chacousa.com"]
      > >
      > > I've substituted square brackets for angle brackets so Yahoo doesn't
      > > obscure this. Should be
      > >
      > > [a href="http://www.chacousa.com"]
      > >
      > > 2. The Field Information terminates abruptly, with a bracket.
      > >
      > > 3. Re-reading the product description, you have loads on the sole
      > > options, but nothing on the construction of the sandal itself, other
      > > than the path of the loop. A short paragraph or so (in your own
      > > words)explaining the construction would be appreciated. Sorry not to
      > > pick up on this sooner.
      > >
      > > Please repost a corrected version (with a link, ideally, and you'll be
      > > ready to upload.
      > >
      > > Best,
      > >
      > > Ted.
      > >
      > >
      > > --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Anson" <ak_xcskier@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Alright, it's up with a picture included as well.
      > > >
      > > > Thanks
      > > > Anson
      > > >
      > > > --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "edwardripleyduggan"
      > > > <erd@> wrote:
      > > > >
      > > > > Thank you, Anson. This looks much, much better. I appreciate the
      > hard
      > > > > work. Please upload in HTML form to the test folder at
      > > > >
      > > > > http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/test/OWNER%20REVIEWS/
      > > > >
      > > > > You will need to log in (or register, if you have not done so)
      > first.
      > > > > Please let me know on this list when you have done so (this is
      > > > > important--I don't monitor the folder). I'll check it one more
      time
      > > > > and issue approval, along with any necessary edits. I don't see
      > > > > anything at present.
      > > > >
      > > > > Best,
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > > Ted.
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > > --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Anson" <ak_xcskier@>
      > wrote:
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Here goes it again after some help from those more knowledgeable
      > > > than I.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > CHACO MEN'S Z/1 COLORADO SANDALS
      > > > > > Owner Review by Anson Moxness
      > > > > > July 1, 2007
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Age: 18
      > > > > > Gender: Male
      > > > > > Height: 5'9" (1.75 m)
      > > > > > Weight: 145 lbs (66 kg)
      > > > > > E-mail: anson dot Moxness at gmail dot com
      > > > > > Location: Anchorage, Alaska US
      > > > > > Backpacking Background:
      > > > > > I have been a backpacker for my entire life. Most of my
      experience
      > > > > > backpacking has been in the Chugach Mountains outside of
      > > Anchorage. I
      > > > > > am experimenting in a more lightweight approach to
      backpacking and
      > > > > > hopefully I will end up with around a 15 lb (6.8 kg) pack for
      > > shorter
      > > > > > (2-4 day) trips. I try to seek out the most rugged terrain
      > possible;
      > > > > > in the Chugach that I steeper rocky terrain with some
      > snowfield and
      > > > > > glacier crossing. I mostly hike in the summer months but I do
      > have
      > > > > > experience in cold weather conditions.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Product Information:
      > > > > > Model: Chaco Men's Z/1 Colorado Sandal
      > > > > > Manufacturer: Chaco, Inc.
      > > > > > URL: www.chacousa.com
      > > > > > Year: 2005
      > > > > > Size Tested: Men's 8 Medium Width
      > > > > > Listed Weight: N/A
      > > > > > Actual Weight: 26 oz (740 g) (per pair)
      > > > > > MSRP: $90 US
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Description:
      > > > > > These sandals featured the Vibram™ Colorado sole, which was
      > designed
      > > > > > for normal walking conditions in a variety of wet and dry
      > > conditions.
      > > > > > It has minimal tread for decreased weight. The other sole
      > option was
      > > > > > the Vibram™ Terrano Sole, which is more of a traditional
      > hiking boot
      > > > > > sole. Chacos now come with a Vibram™ Uniweep or a Diamond Sheath
      > > sole.
      > > > > > The Uniweep sole is a combination of the lighter weight Colorado
      > > Sole
      > > > > > and the traction of the Terrano sole and the Diamond Sheath sole
      > > is a
      > > > > > very low profile grippy sole made specifically for water use.
      > The 25
      > > > > > mm (15/16th in) wide strap is a continuous loop, which can be
      > pulled
      > > > > > through with a loop covering the ball of the foot and then
      > over the
      > > > > > top of the arch and then around the bottom of the ankle. The
      > > placement
      > > > > > of the loops provides a sturdy hold and customizable fit. The
      > > base of
      > > > > > the Chaco is made of a molded "Biocentric™" arch platform that
      > > > > > provides support for medium to high arches.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Field Information:
      > > > > > I tested these sandals in almost every condition available
      in and
      > > > > > around Anchorage, Alaska. Mostly I used these sandals for
      everyday
      > > > > > footwear, but they were also an essential part of my backpacking
      > > > > > arsenal. I first bought these Z/1's because I had worn out an
      > older
      > > > > > pair of sandals from another manufacturer. During the Chaco's
      > first
      > > > > > hiking trips they were simply used as a river crossing tool
      (hence
      > > > > > getting the lower profile river sole), but after a few trips
      they
      > > > > > turned into my camp shoes as well. I also chose the Colorado
      sole
      > > > > > because it was more lightweight than the Terrano sole and I
      > probably
      > > > > > wouldn't need the extra traction of the aggressive sole in my
      > > > > > day-to-day use. On shorter (2-3 day) hikes over well established
      > > > > > trails and a light pack (< 20 lbs, < 9 kg) I began to leave my
      > > hiking
      > > > > > boots at home and use my Z/1's as my only footwear. I would
      > > only use
      > > > > > sandals over hiking boots when the weather was warmer and there
      > > was a
      > > > > > low risk of precipitation, and the trail was mostly dry so I not
      > > need
      > > > > > to worry about getting my feet wet. Needless to say, my
      > Chacos have
      > > > > > gotten their fair share of (ab)use over the years— everything
      > > from -10
      > > > > > F (-23 C) snowstorms (with wools socks of course) to 90 F (32 C)
      > > rock
      > > > > > jumping on the Hawaiian coast.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Review:
      > > > > > I wear these sandals everyday, and I can honestly say they
      are the
      > > > > > most comfortable pair of shoes that have ever been placed on my
      > > feet.
      > > > > > I purchased the Z/1 design over the Z/2 with toe strap because
      > > while
      > > > > > I would have liked to have a little more traction, the ease
      of use
      > > > > > with wools socks (a necessity for 75% of an Alaskan year)
      and the
      > > > > > wider strap overruled the toe strap. I am very happy with the
      > wider
      > > > > > strap because I feel it is a little more supportive and fits
      > my foot
      > > > > > tighter when I cinch it down. When hiking on wet and otherwise
      > > > > > slippery surfaces, such as wet tundra, rocks, and steeper
      > slopes, I
      > > > > > often wish I would have gone for the more aggressive Terreno
      > soles,
      > > > > > but overall the weight savings is well worth it for most of my
      > uses
      > > > > > (see above in Field Conditions). These have been very durable
      > > sandals
      > > > > > that don't give in no matter how much I punish them. A large
      > part of
      > > > > > that is the very supportive hard rubber sandal bed; this
      > offers more
      > > > > > arch support than any other sandal I have ever worn.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Overall the design of these sandals is second to none of those
      > I've
      > > > > > used. The most impressive feature is the continuous strap, which
      > > > > > (after a little inspection of the strap route) is fairly easy to
      > > > > > adjust. However, I have kept the strap in the same position for
      > > > > > extended periods of time and the sandal body has put enough
      > pressure
      > > > > > to wear part way through the outer sheath of the strap. I also
      > have
      > > > > > had a problem with strap wear in the heel area. While this is a
      > > > > > problem, Chaco can reweb and resole all of their sandals. So
      after
      > > > > > some wear and tear on the rubber sole, Chaco can put a brand new
      > > > > > bottom put on, but beware, don't wait too long. I have worn
      > down the
      > > > > > heel so much that I have worn into the harder rubber, making
      it no
      > > > > > longer possible to resole them (a flat surface is need
      > according to
      > > > > > the Chaco rep). To have Chaco Sandals repaired they must be
      > sent to
      > > > > > the Chaco factory in Paonia, Colorado ($7 US for shipping from
      > > within
      > > > > > the US, $9 US for international). The cost of a resole ranges
      > > from $36
      > > > > > to $42 US depending on the sole and the cost of a complete
      > reweb is
      > > > > > $20 US for one sandal and $36 US for two. Chaco can also do
      other
      > > > > > repairs on their sandals (see the Chaco website). I have a
      problem
      > > > > > with the sole becoming unglued where the strap goes under the
      > > footbed,
      > > > > > but the Chaco rep I talked to said that that has been fixed
      in the
      > > > > > newest crop of sandals. This problem really hasn't degraded the
      > > > > > performance of my Chacos at all.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > I wholeheartedly recommend these sandals for anyone who
      wants good
      > > > > > arch support and an adjustable strap tension system. I recommend
      > > > > > trying these sandals on before buying them; I have heard of
      a few
      > > > > > people who don't like the strap positioning because it hits
      > the side
      > > > > > of their foot oddly.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > To rehash: the great things about these sandals are: durability,
      > > great
      > > > > > support, ability of individualize the fit through the continuous
      > > > > > strap. Things not so good: strap wear after many years of
      > abuse (can
      > > > > > be fixed with a quick trip to Dr. Chaco) and fit around oddly
      > shaped
      > > > > > feet. These are a high quality set of sandals that can last
      > forever
      > > > > > (if maintained with rewebbings and resolings) and are sturdy
      > enough
      > > > > > for actual hiking with a lighter pack and on well established
      > > trails,
      > > > > > look no further than the Z/1's. And another plus, they give some
      > > > > > wicked sweet tan lines.
      > > > > >
      > > > >
      > > >
      > >
      >
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