Hari Mari Scouts ReviewPrice: $65 List | $65.00 at REI
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Comfortable, look great
Cons: Traction is lacking
Bottom line: A great flop for those looking to get off the Rainbow bandwagon and into a more comfortable thong.
Sole Material: Carbon-free rubber
Strap Material: Jersey-lined fabric
Manufacturer: Hari Mari
The Hari Mari Scout is a smart flop that's all about comfort and style. Attention to detail and quality materials make these kicks look good, feel cool, and great to walk around town in. However, the Scouts lack the durability and versatility be our favorite all around live-in flop, an honor that goes once again to the OluKai Ohana. Still, these flops are more comfortable than many other style oriented models, and if you find yourself at the beach or out on the boat more often than in the mountains, the Scouts are a solid choice.
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Our Analysis and Test Results
While these flip-flops aren't as action-oriented as the Chaco Marshall or the Ohana Hiapo, they still kick the pants off of the lighter stylish flops when it comes to comfort and durability. They are more supportive than the Reef Draftsman and the Rainbow Sandals, and are also more comfortable.
Out of the box, the Scouts' smooth nubuck leather insoles are flat and the footbed feels firm, almost too firm for our liking. But the break-in period of the scout is a slow burning one, where the footbeds become softer with each lakeside stroll or afternoon hike, until they perfectly molded to our feet, except for under the arch, where the sole is thicker and more supportive. The break-in period is made easier with the memory foam toe post, one of our favorite features of any flip-flop, and the jersey-lined straps. The toe post gives you a soft place to squeeze when you're hiking up steep dunes or scrambling up rocks in search of the perfect napping spot.
These flops are heavy on style and light duty when it comes to adventuring. The OluKai Ohana has a stiffer sole and much better traction, while still looking casual, and the Astral Filipe features a strap system that locks your foot no matter how wet or sweaty your feet get. The Scouts just don't have the traction or durability we look for for pushing our flops in the backcountry… but they look great for date night!
The boat-safe non-marking outsole on the bottom of the Scouts is disappointedly thin compared to the massive beefy lugs of the Chaco Marshall, but thicker than the flimsy Reef Draftsmen. We only had these flops for a few months, and after logging many miles on dirt and pavement, we didn't find the outsoles wearing through.
Hoo boy! These flops look good on everybody. They're so simple with clean lines and great color combinations. The thick, lightly padded straps are available in six different colors; Navy and Orange, Gray and Sky Blue, Woods Green and Blue, Tan and Forest Green, Black and Navy, and Dark Red and Gray. Every color is low key, super chill, and looks great. These aren't your dad's chunky over padded flip flops.
Unfortunately, there's not a whole lotta traction going on beneath the Hari Mari Scouts. The equally stylish OluKai Hiapo has thicker, dirt-grabbing lugs, and the Best Buy award winning Chaco Flip Eco also fairs much better in the dirt, scree, and pine duff we often find ourselves wandering through on our way to the crag or while seaching for mushrooms. These flops are best suited to flat surfaces like boat decks or bare rock slabs.
These flip-flops are best suited for fun in the sun in the front country. They're not the lightest or the most durable for backpacking trips or hiking down from a multi-pitch rock climb, but they're awesome for everyday wear around the house, at the beach, or any warm summer night when you wanna class things up.
$65 is a bit steep for our dirtbag chic testers, especially considering that these flops aren't as durable as the Chaco Flip Eco, which has a lifetime warranty. Additionally, 1% of all Hari Mari sales goes to helping kids with cancer. Money goes to their treatment and medical costs. If you like the Hari Mari style, you won't be wasting your money with these comfortable, well constructed flip flops.
For those disappointed with the Rainbows and Reefs, but want a quality leather thing, Hari Mari Scouts should do the trick. We don't like them for backpacking trips or hiking to the crags, but when the itinerary calls for sailing, hanging out at the beach or looking cool on warm nights out on the town, these flops deliver.
— Matt Bento
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