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Pros: Amazing arch support, smooth and comfortable footbed and straps, durable.
Cons: Heavy, a bit stiff/bulky.
Best Uses: Light hikes, longer walks, coffee runs, biking around town, BBQ’s, beach trips, water sports, out to lunch, stream crossing, scrambling over rocks, standing in line at the DMV.
The OluKai Ohana was our favorite flip flop in the review and gets our Editors' Choice award. It was our top pick for overall, comfort, support, and performance. More importantly, it passed the ultimate test of a flip flop: we never took it off no matter what we were doing, whether it was bike riding, short hikes, trips to grocery store, or just lounging around. When each day's flip testing was over and we got to wear any type of footwear, we reached for the Ohanas every time. How did they compare to others? Check out our complete Best Men's Flip-Flop Sandals Review.
True, it is the heaviest of the supportive flips we tested, but it makes up for that with its smooth footbed, non-chaffing straps, and superior arch support. If you are sticking to pure water sports, go with the Chaco Flip Sandal, but for dabbling here and there in the wet, the Ohana is just fine. It’s also practically as comfortable as the Sanuk Yogi 2 with far more support and hence all-day possibility. It is an awesome, versatile flip for almost any occasion. The only reason not to buy this flip is the price. If you want a less expensive but similar performing flop, check out the Reef Fanning Sandal.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
There isn’t much that we don’t like about the Ohana. It is incredibly comfortable and super supportive for a flip flop. In addition to having a molded footbed, it is lined with something called ICEVA, making it feel like you are walking on suede. Such a welcome change from other flips! We wore the OluKai on almost every occasion and they performed beautifully and looked great. When we got them wet we never felt as if we were going to slip, and in this department they are only surpassed by the Chaco Ecotread. This is because of the tighter, non-stretching straps on the Chaco. Therefore the Ohana wins for comfort between these two choices. The OluKai Ohana was far and away the most supportive and comfortable whereas the other flips usually excelled in one department, but not both. The OluKai has held up perfectly, fitting the same and looking as good as the first time I slipped them on.
One pleasant surprise was how grippy the sole is. A combination of the tread pattern and the softness of the rubber really latched onto the terrain. They especially grabbed our bike pedals well and for a brief milisecond we felt we could pull up on the pedals with them.
As I said, there isn’t much “wrong” with the Ohana. Unfortunately, it is a bit heavier than the Chaco, both of which also offer support. After wearing them all day I felt a bit tender on the top of my foot where the straps meet. Also, because they are so incredibly supportive there is a lot of material to them, and therefore they are not quite as streamlined as some other models. Not quite bulky, but definitely a bit more prominent.
Chose this flip flop for everything you could possibly choose a flip flop for.
$65 is the most expensive of all the models tested, but I’d say it’s worth it if you want to invest in a solid, versatile sandal that will last. An excellent choice especially if you only want to buy one pair.
Sizing these was hard. We first ordered a 9 and it was way too small. Then we got a 10 and it seemed too big. It seems there is a huge gap between a 9 and 10. We stuck with the 10 and were happy. It would be nice if it was a half size smaller but when the footbed starts molding to your feet it's nice to have a little extra.
The Olukai Ohana Leather costs an extra $20 but gives you the option of wearing this as a dress sandal. We prefer the standard Ohana for everyday activities. But get the Leather Ohana if you want even more versatility. Or get both!
— Chris McNamara
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