Chaco Z/1 Torreno Sandals Review

There are two kind of people who wear sandals. The first, like me, only wear them under certain conditions, such as hot weather, around camp, or when fording streams. The second wear them almost all the time, no matter what the conditions. No matter which group you fall into, the Z/1 Torreno Sandals from Chaco will serve you well.

You may not think there is much difference among sandals, but this is not the case. Sandals vary widely in their features. Here’s what separates the Chaco Z/1 Torreno’s from the rest:

They come in both normal and wide widths. If you have normal feet, you probably don’t care. But if you have wide feet, this is a big deal. Very, very few companies make wide sandals.

The Torreno’s are very easy to adjust to your feet. There is only one strap to deal with, and it can be adjusted most anyway you like. This greatly adds to comfort. Also, there is no big toe strap. I know some people like these because it can add stability to a sandal, but I hate them because they are so uncomfortable.

The sandal’s sole is Vibram rubber with heavy-duty lugs for increased traction on dirt and in the water.

The foot bet is not flat, as you find with many sandals. Instead, it is formed to fit your feet, and it includes arch support. This greatly adds to the sandal’s comfort.

They weigh just over 2 pounds.

These sandals are appropriate for hiking, fastpacking, water sports, around camp, around town, and most any place where a sandal is appropriate.

Using the Chaco Z/1 Torreno Sandals in the Real World

I have wide feet, so finding a pair of wide sandals is great. When I first tried them on, I noticed immediately how well they felt, as compared to many other sandals I had tried. In many ways, they have the fit and feel of a hiking boot, without the weight or insulation.

When you first get them, it takes a little bit of time to get used to how you adjust the strap to make the sandals best fit your feet, but once you get the hang of it, it is easy to do.

Because the Torreno’s have a strong tread, they make it easy to walk most trails, gripping the ground well. The same is true when wading in the water.

When I am hiking, and expect to ford a lot of streams, I will attach the sandals on the outside of my pack, keeping them close at hand when I need them. Sure, I could wear them all the time, instead of my boots, but I am not that type of sandal wearer.

Recommendation

If you have a need for sandals, and if you have normal or wide feet, the Torreno Z/1 sandals from Chaco are hard to beat.

Product Notes

Torreno Z/1 sandals come is a variety of whole sizes (no half sizes, just select a pair that is 1/2 size bigger than what you normally wear), and of course, in both normal and wide widths. The sandals come only in black, but the strap is available in a wide variety of colors. The MSRP is $90.00.

Gregory Long Haul Duffle Review

When it comes to outdoor adventures, the part that I like the least is packing. There is never enough room for everything, the gear weighs too much, and I worry about damage due to mishandling. And on some treks, I have to worry about rain soaking my gear as it is hauled from campsite to campsite by porters or pack animals.

While I have yet to find the perfect solution, the closest I have come so far is using the Gregory Long Haul duffle. The Long Haul duffle is a tough, water-resistant, and relatively light-weight duffle that can survive most adventures. Here’s some of the features I like best about it:

  • Long Haul duffles are available in five different sizes, making it easy to pick the size that best meets your needs. Compared to many similar size duffles, these bags are relatively light-weight, which can be important factor on some trips. The available sizes include:
  • S 22” x 14” x 12”, 3,696 cubic inches, 2 lbs. 0 oz.
  • M 26” x 15” x 13”, 5,070 cubic inches, 2 lbs. 4 oz.
  • L 30” x 16” x 14”, 6,720 cubic inches, 2 lbs. 8 oz.
  • XL 38” x 18” x 16”, 10,944 cubic inches, 2 lbs. 12 oz.
  • XXL 42” x 22” x 18”, 16,632 cubic inches, 3 lbs. 0 oz.
  • The duffles are made tough from 22 ounce Shelter-Rite, waterproof fabric. While the fabric is waterproof, the duffle bag is not. Seams are not sealed and the zipper is not waterproof. While the duffle is not waterproof, it is highly water-resistant, and for extra protection, you can seal the seams yourself using a seam sealing product. If you want a waterproof bag, then you should consider a dry bag.
  • For addition strength, and convenience when carrying the duffle, the handles on top are made of reinforced leather, and handles at the ends of the duffle feature strong webbed material. The webbed material also goes around the duffle twice, providing extra strength.
  • Unlike some other duffles, the Long Haul is designed to sit flat on the ground, and not roll over. When you sit it down, it stays put.
  • The zipper is extra strong and can be sealed with a small lock (you have to provide the lock). There is also a separate zippered pouch at one end of the duffle for storing small items.

It would be hard to find a duffle bag that is as strong and durable as the Gregory Long Hauls, especially given their light weight and very reasonable price.

Using the Gregory Long Haul Duffle in the Real World

I have been using the Extra Large Long Haul duffle for quite some time and have found nothing to quibble about. It is large enough to hold everything I want to bring, and is tough enough to keep my gear from getting damaged. Obviously, I would not carry sensitive electronic gear in the duffle, but other than that, your gear will be protected.

If I am expecting the bag to get rained on, I wrap the contents of the duffle in small light weight dry bags to keep any potential moisture that may enter the duffle from getting my gear wet. Besides offering waterproof protection, using small dry bags inside the duffle make it easy to organize my gear.

Recommendation

If you are looking for a tough, water-resistant duffle to transport your gear, consider the world class Gregory Long Haul duffles. Not only will they protect your gear, it will last for years.

Product Notes

The Gregory Long Haul duffles are available in five sizes and two colors: lava red (bright red) and black. Suggested retail prices range from $60 to $100, depending on the size.