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Hari Mari Scouts Review

These comfortable, casual, and stylish flops are great for the beach, but not for the mountains
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Price:  $65 List | $65.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Comfortable, look great
Cons:  Traction is lacking
Manufacturer:   Hari Mari
By Matt Bento ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 20, 2020
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RANKED
#8 of 13
  • Comfort - 25% 8
  • Support and Stability - 20% 8
  • Traction - 20% 4
  • Versatility - 15% 6
  • Durability - 10% 6
  • Style - 10% 8

Our Verdict

The Hari Mari Scouts are a smart flop that's all about comfort and style. Attention to detail and quality materials make these kicks look good and feel cool — an excellent flip for walking around town. However, the Scouts lack the durability and versatility to be our favorite all-around live-in flop. Still, they 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, they are a solid choice.

New Colors

The exact shade of Scout that we tested is no longer available, but the photo above shows a current color option.

July 2020

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Our Analysis and Test Results

While these flip flops aren't as action-oriented as others, they still kick the pants off of many lighter stylish models when it comes to comfort and durability. They are supportive and mold to the feet as they break-in.

Performance Comparison


Most of our testers feel these flops are more comfortable that Rainbows... and look cooler too.
Most of our testers feel these flops are more comfortable that Rainbows... and look cooler too.

Comfort


Out of the box, the smooth nubuck leather insoles of the Scouts are flat, and the footbed feels firm — almost too firm for our liking. But the break-in period is a slow-burning one, where the footbeds become softer with each lakeside stroll or afternoon hike. Eventually, you will find them perfectly molded to your feet, except for under the arch, where the sole is thicker and more supportive. The break-in period is made easier by a 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.

The jersey-lined straps and memory foam toe post make these flops some of the most comfortable we tested.
The jersey-lined straps and memory foam toe post make these flops some of the most comfortable we tested.

Support and Stability


To sum up the overall support and stability of the Scouts would be to say good not great. Yes, these flip flops look dang good and are certainly adequate for jaunts around town. The low arch and clean lines definitely keep them from having that "orthopedic" look, but the overall support is simple middle-of-the-road. These are simply geared towards squish rather than stability, and the edges have a bit of roll if you get too tipsy at the Yacht Club, so keep that in mind.

Traction


Unfortunately, there's not a whole lotta traction going on beneath the Scouts. They don't have the thick, dirt-grabbing lugs of other models and are best suited to flat surfaces like boat decks or bare rock slabs.

This tread is fine for around town but not the best for hiking on dirt trails.
This tread is fine for around town but not the best for hiking on dirt trails.

Versatility


These flops are heavy on style but light duty when it comes to adventuring. They just don't have the traction or durability needed to push into the backcountry as part of your adventure kit. But they sure do look great for a date night!

Durability


The boat-safe non-marking outsole on the bottom of the Scouts is thin compared to the massive beefy lugs of some other models in our review. That said, the overall footbed is decently thick, and the straps are wide and well-designed. After logging many miles on dirt and pavement, we still had a nice-looking flip.

The Scouts (second from the right) have a firmer footbed with a longer break-in period than the Ohanas (right)
The Scouts (second from the right) have a firmer footbed with a longer break-in period than the Ohanas (right)

Style


Hoo boy! These flops look good on everybody. They're so simple with clean lines and great color combinations. The thick, lightly padded straps look great and wear well. These aren't your dad's chunky over padded flip flops, that's for sure.

These "hipster" flops drew plenty of positive comments.
These "hipster" flops drew plenty of positive comments.

Value


The price tag is a bit steep on this flip, especially considering they aren't hyper durable and don't have a lifetime warranty. However, 1% of all Hari Mari sales goes to helping kids with cancer pay for 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.

Conclusion


For those disappointed with other brands but still in search of a quality leather thong, the Hari Mari Scouts should do the trick. We didn't like them for backpacking trips or hiking to 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 in spades.

The Scouts maximize style and comfort.
The Scouts maximize style and comfort.

Matt Bento