Chaco Men's Updraft Sandal

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Chaco Updraft Sandal -
From your very first step the Updraft Sandal for men by Chaco is ready for adventure, and will give, you complete all day comfort and excellent support courtesy of the soft polyurethane footbed and supportive LUVSEAT™ platform, which will also aid in keeping your feet aligned. The lightweight profile of the Updraft Sandal by Chaco gives you the best platform possible for your next adventure and anywhere that adventure might take you. The rugged, wide webbing strap is fully adjustable and very comfortable, to give you a perfect fit and the Vibram® provides traction and grip. Give your feet a treat and get going in a pair of Chacos.

Support and Cushioning:

  • LuvSeat X03 platform provides lasting arch support, lateral stability, and a light, comfortable feel
  • Sculpted XO3 LUVSEAT™ platform offers 20% weight savings over traditional Chaco sandals without sacrificing the reliable arch support


  • Lightweight TPU frame with LUVSEAT platform.


  • LUVSEAT XO3 platform is ready for adventure! Its lightweight design will make you forget it's there, while its supreme comfort have you grateful it is.


  • Water-ready Vibram® nonmarking rubber outsoles feature 2-3mm lugging for low-profile, slip-resistant performance


  • Polyester webbing – Now also on heel riser!
  • Durable polyester webbing dries quickly, won't dig into your skin, and allows you to adjust the fit
  • Polyester webbing dries faster than nylon, maintaining a uniform fit in all conditions
  • All-synthetic construction makes these Chaco Updraft sandals vegan friendly
  • Adjustable polyester strapping system uses pull-through design to give you a secure fit while avoiding the bulkiness of extra buckles and straps


  • TPU frame with ergonomic support posts: Provides a light-weight fit.
  • Shaped polyurethane footbeds/midsoles boast thermoplastic urethane frames to deliver ergonomic support posts for an especially lightweight fit


  • Custom Adjust'em Fit - A continuous webbing strap loops through the midsole allowing the wearer to make slight adjustments for a custom, comfortable fit.

Traction and Grip:

  • Lightweight, non-marking Vibram Bulloo outsole is water ready and offers reliable traction over wet and dry surfaces.
When life is full of quests, tasks and overcoming daily challenges, trek on in the Chaco Updraft Bulloo sandal. A favorite of river guides and wilderness professionals, this vegan-friendly men's athletic sandal features a fully adjustable polyester webbing strap system; just pull to fit the strap to fit your foot's contours, then lock in your desired tension with the buckle. The Vibram PRO Bulloo outsole is water-ready and offers reliable traction over wet and dry surfaces, even on wet rocks, steep inclines and other rugged terrain.
Summer days spent navigating European alleyways, tracing distant shorelines, and searching for unoccupied hammocks require support, ventilation, and breezy comfort. Along the way, treat your toes right with the Chaco Men's Updraft Bulloo Sandal.


These supportive, water-friendly Chaco Updraft men's sandals are designed for a life lived in full pursuit of action and adventure.


Built for instant adventure with no break-in time, the Chaco Updraft Bulloo incorporates a light-weight sleek profile for a modern take on our classic sandal. Out-of-the-shoebox comfort meets easily adjustable webbing straps to secure your foot to the supportive LUVSEAT footbed.

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Designed for instant adventure with no break-in time, the Updraft incorporates smart design features into a light-weight sleek profile for a modern take on Chaco's classic sandal. Out-of-the-shoebox comfort and support meet easily adjustable straps to secure your foot to the incredible LUVSEAT™ platform.
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Also available for: Women
Average footwear weight (pair):1 lb. 9 oz.
Fit:Custom Adjust’em Fit
Footwear Type:Sandals
Footwear closure:Buckle
Material:Polyester webbing
Outsole:Vibram® Bulloo Outsole. Non-marking.
Shoe Sole:Vibram TC-1, Water Ready, Non-Marking
Shoe Upper:25mm polyester jacquard webbing
Sole:Non-marking Vibram Bulloo Outsole
Support:Thermoplastic urethane frame
Toe coverage:Open toe
Upper:Polyester webbing
Weight:9 oz / 311 g
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Chaco Updraft Sandal Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Just Perfect

This purchase was made in a store for my 9 year old son who has Men's size 7 wide feet. Its REALLY difficult to find shoes for him thatfit, dont look too old but are up to snuff as far as durability. These fit the bill. He wears these every day because they are easy to slip on. I purchased a pair of Keens last summer and he wouldnt wear them unless prompted b/c they were hard to get on his foot which is wide. Also, his Keens started smelling bad after a month or so of wear even though I would clean them and so far these haven't. My husband and I both have a pair of Chacos that we have had for 4-5 years that we love so I thought I would bite the bullet and get these in hopes we could pass the down to my second son!
CTank at REI on 06/06/2012

Versatile sandal-best shoe I ever owned

Chacos in general have served me well for years now. They last for years with proper care. Yes, at first, they can be a little stiff, and harsh on your tootsies. But give them a little time. I recommend wearing them around the house or on breif outings at first. Don't buy a pair only to turn around and hike the AT the next day. The webbing needs a little stretching so when you do go on those long excursions, your feet won't scream at you.

The Updraft inparticular has been great. The lighter design really makes a difference on the long outings, without sacrificing any of the durability or support that I have come to love from my Chacos. And because they are so comfortable, they crossover well from the trail to the sidewalk.
RP Chatty at REI on 03/03/2012

Quality Sandal.

Like many of the other reviewers I have owned several pairs of Chacos and I when I saw the price of these it was buy first ask questions later. I wear a 12EEE in dress shoes but I need a 14 in the Chaco, which is fine. Yes, the buckle is hard but it sits low on my foot. May be a result of my height, 6'3". Consider going up a half size or even a whole size. More foot coverage is a good thing. This may help with the buckle situation. It's a great shoe. Wear it around the house before committing it to the trail. REI is great about returns and exchanges.
BKingVT33 at REI on 06/06/2013

Great Sandal

Purchased the Unaweep Z2 four years ago and they spent most of the last four years in storage as the toe strap gave me blisters. At a rare visit to REI Dallas, I found out about REI's return policy so I returned the Unaweeps and purchased the Updraft model without the toe strap.

Shortly after purchase, I did a 14 mile hike in the Gila with numerous crossings of the Gila River. The Updraft were my only footwear and wore them without socks. No blisters and now I wear them everyday as long as I am not on my motorcycle. Great product.
rpilottx at REI on 05/05/2012

I have worn the Bulloo sandal for a couple of months now. Canoeing, hiking, daily wear around town. As advertised it is comfortable with a molded foot bed, adjustable straps and a Vibram sole that gives you a lot of grip in the water and on slick surfaces. That said, the support posts that hold the straps at the sides of the foot are an unyielding injection molded plastic that after 2 months still chafes the inside and outside of my feet.

sgep598713 at on 07/08/2013

WHERE THEM ALL THE TIME! Casual, hiking, kayaking, always comfortable!
Haven't noticed any discomfort from the strap. Usually where size 9.5 to 10.5, purchased these in 9 and seems to be perfect fit.

tbap621686 at on 08/25/2013

Negative Reviews:

Chacos are now terrible sandals.

The newer curved heel bed on all Chacos, combined with the solid-as-concrete Vibram boards that underlie the whole sandal, causes the strap to chafe the inside of your heel, creating blisters if you wear them for any distance. They are now useless for doing any actual real outdoor activity. The review above saying "you need to break in your sandals" is idiocy, likely written by a Chacos employee. Sandals are the simplest and most open shoe design possible, with the fewest attachment points. They don't require a "break in" period. They're not alpine boots. For [$] you get, essentially, 3 layers of synthetics glued around a piece of webbing; you'd think they would make them comfortable and durable, as they used to be before they redesigned the footbed and switched to concrete-like Vibram soles. The older chacos, using non-Vibram soles (like climbing rubber and other bendy-but-durable rubber materials) are like gold now. River guides get their old chacos resoled, rather than buy these unusable Vibram boards. I expect that Chacos, and their Chinese manufacturer, will soon be out of business, like so many other initially-awesome products created by actual outdoors people, then sold to big companies who genericized, cheapened, and ruined the product while riding the coattails of the original reputation created by the awesome pre-sellout design and creators. Bye bye Chacos.
ClimbUltraSailCampKayak at REI on 04/04/2012

design flaw - rubber strap joins blister

Chaco brand sandals typically receive very high reviews but with this particular model I must point out a major design flaw. Unlike the older models, this one utilizes hard rubber strap joins - the nylon straps are sawed to these at either side of the sandals. When walking on an even surface, the sandals perform wonderfully. However, if you are going out hiking, where the surfaces are typically uneven, those rubber strap joins dig into the sides of the foot. So much so that after a 5 mile hike I had both of my feet bleeding... I will also say that this is after having worn the sandals for over two weeks, so it's not like they needed braking in... Fortunately, REI has a very generous return policy and I was able to return them without questions asked. In the end, this is not a good pair of sandals at all, but consider getting Choco Z/1 or Z/2 models - those use a flexible nylon joint.
Dre at REI on 08/08/2012

Not What I Expected

I love Chaco and have had 4 or 5 pairs that I used heavily and got excellent use out of them.

Saw these on sale and thought I would jump on the deal, seeing as how my last pair had worn out last summer. I wish I had paid more attention to the pictures because it ended up being one of the worst experiences out on trail. I wore them on a overnight trip in the mountains, something I have done countless times before with no issue.

However, it was because of the little plastic (or whatever material it is made of) connector that I got some very severe rubbing/blisters on the side of my foot, roughly on the top of my arches.

Not what I would expect from Chaco. Leaves me a little confused as to what they were thinking. Still a fan of the brand, just not this model.
treebeard88 at REI on 04/04/2013

A real ankle biter

I am a die hard Chacos fan. My Z/1's were on their last legs, so I decided to give the updraft a try. Did a short hike with the kids, and by the end both ankle were chaffed to the point of bleeding. The cuprit seems to be the new rubber/plastic risers. My Z/1s used webbing, and cause no problems, but these hard plastic riser stab my ankles every time my foot rolls. I am sure this would not be the case for everyone, but I urge you to try them out in the store before you buy. My pair is going to have to go back.
basecamper at REI on 05/05/2012

Like the other reviews the plastic heel mounts are irritating anytime you walk on an off camber surface. They dig into my lateral and medial malleoli. Additionally, these sandals often get little rocks under your foot which you then have to stop and swipe a finger under your foot to remove. I've tried adjusting the straps tighter (which becomes uncomfortable) and looser (which doesn't provide enough support) and it hasn't helped. I'll look for something else next time.

pdpete242225717 at on 08/14/2013

Needs adjustments

Bought the sandals and went for a hike the same day. Did 12.4 miles at Jones Gap over rough terrain. After about mile one, a blister was already forming on the inside of my foot. After many adjustments, the problem did not go away. I ended up having to hike barefoot for a good portion. Even when walking around the house, the spot still gets irritated.
ND at REI on 03/03/2012

Terrible Design

I really wanted to love these sandals. They are light and fit my feet perfectly with one exception - the rigid plastic posts under the ankle bone are extremely painful. I have worn chaos for years and have had no problems. I bought the Updrafts, they felt good in the store, so I figured everything was perfect. Then I spent a day walkin
xcntry at REI on 09/09/2012

Strange Design - Noisy

These sandals have a very different strap design. It takes some getting use to. I did finally master the straps. But, the first time that I wore them, they squeeked! I thought that they would stop after awhile. They didn't. The squeek comes from my foot rubbing on the footbed. They will never break in.

I returned them to REI.
leon in tucson at REI on 04/04/2013

Poor design

The hard plastic piece that joins the straps below the outside ball of the ankle is placed so that it bites into your ankle. It feels like a three year old clamping down on your ankle bone. These went right back to REI.
tnk at REI on 06/06/2012

Neutral Reviews:

I have these and a pair of Chaco Z/2's that i use for going down to the river out back of my house. I bought these as they have the Z/1 strap configuration and now and again I prefer the simplicity of not having the toe loop. Great midsole, great support, great Vibram outsole, most of what you would expect from Chaco.
that said, at the heels these mount with a plastic piece, instead of the traditional fabric. Every now and again, notably on more uneven terrain, these plastic strap mounts hit my ankle.
Not a huge deal for going down to the river for a half hour, but I probably would choose a different pair if I was going to spend all day in them.

Mike Waldert at on 07/16/2013

I bought these at an rei garage sale to have a lighter weight version of the z/ others the plastic bracket for the strap bothered my ankle but a quick trip to the local tailor and they are fixed. I had him sew a heavy duty piece of foam onto the inside of the plastic for $15 and now they are perfect...I wouldn't pay full price for them but if you can find them on sale and are willing to go the extra step they are great. Easier to pack for traveling than the z/1 because they take up less space and weight in my bag...good times.

Alex Flynn-Padick at on 09/02/2013

Great Company, wrong product

I had never heard of Chaco before seeing this sandal at REI. I purchased the sandal in preparation for a hiking vacation and decided to test the same day with a 6-mile hike. The plastic tabs located under the ankle were a problem as expected. I contacted the manufacturer who pointed me in the direction of the original model Z1. REI Exchanged the updraft for the Z1, which worked out perfectly for my trip. Thanks REI and Chaco.
DBS at REI on 05/05/2012