Originally Posted by ryguy
I am one of the Chaco sales reps here in the Rockies. I have always been a kayaker and a rafter, so I know where you are coming form when you are looking for rugged durable product.
It really scares me that all you have so much false information.
1. Chaco moved production to China before Wolverine purchased the brand.
2. Wolverine is the parent company that owns Merrell, is the licensee of patagonia Footwear and a handful of other footwear brands. Wolverine is a good american company, and saved a small colorado footwear company that was having issues meeting demand, was for sale, and needed to be purchased to save the brand.
3. You can still send in your Chacos for repair, new outsoles or new webbing. They can even build you a pair of american made Chacos if you really want them.
4. The Price of Chaco's have not gone up in price at all since they were purchased.
5. There are less returns on the China made Chaco products than the US made product. Sorry guys, but they know how to make shoes in China and are more consistent in quality.
6. All shoes wear out.. and sometimes the wearer is harder on them than his "last" pair.
7. Look at your labels in your clothes, outdoor gear, car, shoes.. If you are using a name brand product, chances are it is made abroad.
8. Chaco is one of the title sponsors of Telluride Bluegrass, and FIBARK. They are putting money back into the outdoor/ white water world for us all to enjoy.
I am open for questions/ Comments and Concerns.
Ryan - thanks for responding.
Nothing but the facts....
1. When they moved production there is immaterial. Due to China's record of human rights abuses and their predatory politics, I choose not to buy Chinese whenever possible.
2. I know nothing of Wolverine except now I know they send their stuff to China to be made.
3. Good news here. I was married in my Chacs and still have them with totally worn out webbing. I will send them in.
4. Pricing has been consistent and has never been an issue for me as they were/??are so well made.
5. Obviously I have no knowledge of where in China or by whom they are being made. Some would have you believe that they are made by 12 yr olds chained to a work station for 18 hours at a time, but I doubt this is the case.
Me personally, I would rather have to send back a pair to Paonia made by a smelly, stoned hippy than have a perfect pair last forever that were made by ..... who knows who.
6. The four pairs I have had seemed to all wear about the same. The wear rate on the webbing seems to have varied a bit.
7. I am not a xenophobic anti import guy. I buy American first. I buy Chinese as a last resort. Just the way I roll.
8. Glad they are supporting some good stuff. It's the way it should be.
Back to point 5. If you really want people to get behind the chinaChac, show us the folks who make them. Show us where they live. And the conditions they work in.
Have the factory take those folks rafting, so they know how there products are being used. Show them how important it is that the straps slide tight easily before you jump off that big bridge on the Main Salmon, so you don't lose your shoes. ( Which I did with my last pair of Tevas, as they blew completely off my feet.)
What is the factory, or Wolverine or ChacoChina doing as far as environmental stewardship where they are being produced?
If you can do it up, then I might be able to get behind this product again. Until then, not so much.
I do appreciate you wading into the mosh pit of public disappointment to open some dialogue.