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Old 06-17-2010   #11
Land of Lovin, Colorado
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I got really lucky a couple years back and found a basement bargain pair for 40 bucks, they say they are made in Colorado - I am betting the quality went down when they shipped their production off to China. Just guessing.

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Old 06-20-2010   #12
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Backpacked Paria Canyon in them, worked great, bring back the older footbed the new hatch pattern makes my feet stink.

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Old 06-23-2010   #13
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I got mine 5 years ago for 35 bucks. I've worn them year round since then. 2 years ago I had to have them resoled which was free and they called me and offered to replace the webbing for 20 bucks since they had them in. I just wore them for 19 days on the grand, never pulling out the trail shoes. Won best chaco tan on the last night! Next to a dog, they might be my best friends. Another guy though got his 3 months ago and lost his soles on like day 6.
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Old 06-24-2010   #14
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Back in the day

A couple years ago when I was guiding rock/mountains in the cascades my buddy Nick Pope (IFMGA guide) and I hiked into climb Dreamer (IV) 5.10 in Darrington Washington. Upon arriving we discovered I had left my climbing shoes. Luckily I had my sticky rubber Z2's. Well I led the first 5 pitches of slab and Nick led the last 5 pitches of cracks and we strolled that stuff. I have some great pictures of me climbing like 8 pitches up in Chacos.
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Old 06-24-2010   #15
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Chacos blow. Crocs rule...just check out this thread and you'll be convinced:
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Old 06-25-2010   #16
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Funkins... You need to shut your trap, although I do love the crocs post.

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Old 06-25-2010   #17
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I can't wear them - I've tried a bunch on and none fit my feet - straps too tight. It sucks 'cause I can tell they're quality.

Keen's do me right when I need the stability, but I love to roll in my Reef flip flops.
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Old 06-26-2010   #18
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I agree with dgosn, chaco quality has declined sharply..

Who knows how low they'll go. First pair started in 2000 and are still around although the rubber has worn through the soles only where the straps run under the frame. No fault of chaco, and the most comfortable thing ever to grace my foot. Ive had three other pairs in the last three years and each ones crappier than the last. I have also seen countless coworkers and friends who live and work outside blow through em. The soles delam in no time, the straps are now made from a more coarse, narrower, grit impregnable, blister inspiring fabric and the footbeds are heavier, harder, less supportive (...i know... how did they pull that off) and the wider checker patern underfoot is not nearly as comfortable as the original fine grid that was smooth as Silk! Also the originals seemed to bend, give and custom form to your foot a loot more than the current models and feel lighter. I'll never pay for another pair...
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Old 07-06-2010   #19
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when did production head to china?

bought first pair in 95, take em off for sleep or shower, sometimes both.

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