The Chaco Holbuck feels like your favorite pair of old hiking boots right out of the box. They’re comfortable and come with plenty of protection for everything that I encountered on the trail.
The outsole is constructed of non-marking EcoTred rubber, and Chaco’s Active Adventure outsole provided just enough traction without feeling bulky—we also like that Chaco used 25% recycled materials on the outsole. The midsole is constructed with EVA with an ESS shank for added cushion. While the midsole felt a lot less supportive than many other backpacking boots I’ve tested, the tradeoff is a very comfortable boot for short to moderate length hikes.
The Holbuck comes standard with Chaco’s LUVSEAT footbed, which will make you think you’re strolling around in your favorite pair of comfy sandals in the middle of a snowstorm.
While the upper isn’t very stiff, it still has excellent durability. It’s constructed of water resistant suede and a water resistant PU coated leather upper. It has a gusseted tongue, a rubber toe cap, and a seam taped waterproof bootie with a polyester mesh lining. All that brings the weight of this boot to 2 lbs 5 oz for the pair, which is just about average for boots in its class. If you’re looking for a boot that has a lot of ankle protection, these do a pretty good job. And, after several months of testing, I’m happy to report that these boots don’t have any signs of damage.
My only complaint is with the lacing system. When the boots arrived for testing I had a difficult time cinching down the laces as tight as I wanted. As it turns out, it’s a pretty simple fix—simply change the direction of the lacing through the metal D-ring.
Colors: Bungee, Dark Shadow (shown in review)
Best used for: Short to moderate length hikes, active lifestyle