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Chaco Bodhi - Women's Review

These adventure sandals can't be beaten, with their combination of minimal straps, maximal stability and traction, and a stylish cute vibe
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Chaco Bodhi - Women's Review (Through mud and sand, over mountains and boulders, the Bodhi kept us going in comfort and style.)
Through mud and sand, over mountains and boulders, the Bodhi kept us going in comfort and style.
Credit: Maggie Nichols
Price:  $100 List
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Manufacturer:   Chaco
By Maggie Nichols ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 27, 2023
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RANKED
#1 of 14
  • Comfort - 25% 9.0
  • Traction - 25% 9.5
  • Stability - 20% 9.5
  • Adjustability - 15% 9.5
  • Versatility - 15% 9.0

Our Verdict

The Chaco Bodhi is a recent addition to Chaco's lineup of adventure sandals, and we are seriously impressed with them. The simplified strap design of the Bodhi accomplishes many things with its minimal coverage — it makes adjusting these classic-one-strap Chacos much easier than other versions and appeals to minimalist enthusiasts. With a toe loop, it's impressively stable, yet wider feet can more easily fit without rubbing by eliminating straps on the sides. We love pretty much every aspect of the look, feel, and functionality of these sandals and were happy wearing them with week-old backpacking clothes and cute sun dresses — we only wish they came in more colors. Compare it to top competitors in our review of the best women's sandals.
REASONS TO BUY
Easy to adjust
Superior traction
More stability than other minimal designs
Great arch support
Lighter and thinner than other Chacos
REASONS TO AVOID
Fewer color options
No half sizes

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Bottom Line The best adventure sandals we've worn, combining minimalist straps with maximum traction and stability for a stylish lookThese adventure sandals are ready for even the most intense warm weather expeditions and are long time favorites for a reasonFor the fans of minimalist footwear and rugged adventures, these sandals offer the best of both worldsFor the true barefoot enthusiast that just needs a little help crossing sharp surfaces and entering establishmentsAn adventure ready, packable sandal for the casual traveler at a very nice price point
Rating Categories Chaco Bodhi - Women's Chaco Z/Cloud 2 - W... Bedrock Cairn 3D PR... Xero Z-Trail EV - W... Teva Original Unive...
Comfort (25%)
9.0
8.5
8.5
7.5
6.0
Traction (25%)
9.5
9.5
8.5
8.5
7.0
Stability (20%)
9.5
9.5
8.5
8.0
7.5
Adjustability (15%)
9.5
9.0
8.0
8.5
7.0
Versatility (15%)
9.0
9.0
8.5
7.5
7.0
Specs Chaco Bodhi - Women's Chaco Z/Cloud 2 - W... Bedrock Cairn 3D PR... Xero Z-Trail EV - W... Teva Original Unive...
Weight (per pair) 14.1 oz 18.2 oz 17.1 oz 8.0 oz 11.1 oz
Sole Material ChacoGrip rubber Non-marking ChacoGrip Vibram Megagrip FeelTrue rubber Rubber
Upper Material Polyester jacquard webbing Polyester jacquard webbing Polyester and nylon webbing Polyester REPREVE recycled polyester webbing
Footbed Material LUVSEAT PU LUVSEAT PU Molded 3D BareFoam EVA
Midsole Material Women's specific LUVSEAT dual-density PU Women's specific LUVSEAT dual-density PU Cairn 3D Vibram TrailFoam Molded EVA
Width Options Medium Medium, Wide Medium Medium Medium

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Chaco Bodhi is a full-strap adventure sandal designed to tackle even the hardiest terrain. It has a ChacoGrip rubber sole with a LUVSEAT PU footbed and a women's specific LUVSEAT dual-density PU midsole. The straps are made of polyester jacquard webbing and our size 7 weighed 14.1 ounces. They come in just one width and a handful of color options.

Performance Comparison


chaco bodhi for women - the chaco bodhi are comfortable, supportive, and look good with just...
The Chaco Bodhi are comfortable, supportive, and look good with just about everything.
Credit: Maggie Nichols


Comfort


The Bodhi soles are significantly thinner and lighter than any of the other similar, full adventure sandals from Chaco. This decreased weight makes a significant difference in how they feel. While they still feel hearty and substantial, the Bodhi have lost that almost brick-like heaviness that has characterized Chaco's adventure sandals for years. The Bodhi soles are also slightly more flexible than other similar models, adding even more to their comfort. They have impressive arch support, too — though if your feet are flat (or flatter than average), this may not feel good.


The webbing straps are soft and comfortable, with no rough edges. We were initially worried that the main part of the strap would rub as it pops out of the footbed between your biggest and second toes and lays quite low across the top of that second toe. Because your toes move a lot when you're walking, we feared that this strap would cause a hot spot. Much to our delight, even when we hiked all day and walked through streams and over boulders in the Bodhi, we never found the straps to rub uncomfortably. The lack of straps on the sides of the foot cuts down on even more potential rubbing spots but also allows the Bodhi to accommodate wider feet than other Chaco sandals. The only minor inconvenience we had was that the strap is a bit long, and when fully tightened, the tail sometimes caught under the edges of our foot.

chaco bodhi for women - the chaco bodhi easily accommodate feet of all widths and their soft...
The Chaco Bodhi easily accommodate feet of all widths and their soft strap - though it looks like it might rub the top of the second toe - remains impressively comfortable even as we trekked up and down seaside cliffs and through damp forests.
Credit: Maggie Nichols


Traction


True to what we've come to expect from Chaco sandals, the Bodhi has excellent traction. With soles made of ChacoGrip rubber and large lugs, this sandal had no problem carrying us down sandy trails, scrambling over boulders, and crossing slippery streams. Their flexibility again comes in handy here, contributing to the exceptional traction.


Importantly, the internal footbed of the Bodhi has a diamond mesh crisscross pattern that drastically improves the traction of your foot inside the sandal. The overall texture and ergonomic shape of the footbed does wonders for keeping feet firmly anchored against the soles — even when your feet start to sweat, or you're crossing a fast-moving stream.

chaco bodhi for women - the tread and footbed traction of the bodhi are excellent and their...
The tread and footbed traction of the Bodhi are excellent and their soles are more flexible than other Chacos we've tested.
Credit: Maggie Nichols


Stability


The contouring on the Bodhi securely cups the heel, and, though it may take a little getting used to, the toe loop is integral to the overall excellent stability. Easily adjustable, this loop firmly secures your foot to the footbed even when you're twisting sideways while walking over uneven terrain.


It's this toe loop that allows the minimal strap design of the Bodhi to provide the stability necessary to be a true adventure sandal. These shoes are also very well-balanced when worn, adding further stability across tricky surfaces. Without pinching, squeezing, or rubbing, the Bodhi secure completely to the foot, helping you to move confidently in pretty much any situation.

chaco bodhi for women - we know not everyone likes the chaco toe loop but it makes a world...
We know not everyone likes the Chaco toe loop but it makes a world of difference when it comes to stability.
Credit: Maggie Nichols


Adjustability


Anyone who's tried on a classic pair of Chacos can attest to the uniqueness of their strap adjustment system. Rather than adjusting separate straps, like most sandals, the front section of the Bodhi is a single strap that's threaded through the inside of the footbed. A small card included with the sandals illustrates the order in which to tug the straps to tighten or loosen the fit. Though it's more complicated to figure out than a simple velcro adjustment, once learned, it's easy to do and works like a charm.


Because the entire front part of the Bodhi is adjustable (the heel strap is fixed), this sandal offers one of the most customizable fits of any model we tested. And while some older iterations of Chacos have become very challenging to adjust once you've worn them a few times, we did not find this to be the case with the Bodhi. No matter how many excursions through sand, dusty desert, or murky water, the Bodhi remained simple to adjust to whatever fit we desired.

chaco bodhi for women - the adjustment system of the bodhi is the easiest one from chaco to...
The adjustment system of the Bodhi is the easiest one from Chaco to date - on-the-go adjustments are a no brainer.
Credit: Maggie Nichols


Versatility


When it comes to terrain and activities, there's almost no place we wouldn't feel comfortable wearing the Bodhi. They're one of the very few models we tested that we're happy to wear on a wet boat deck or a 16-mile hike over rough and variable topography. We may draw the line at long runs, as their flexibility isn't quite as good as we'd like for true running, though this isn't a hard line.


We're also pleased with the stylistic versatility of the Bodhi. Lacking the wild patterns and overly strappy look of other Chacos, the Bodhi manages a kind of “outdoor chic” vibe. They're still a bit thick in the sole for some people's tastes, but we felt cute when wearing them with a smart summer outfit to the boardwalk or beer garden.

chaco bodhi for women - we honestly feel like we can wear the bodhi with just about every...
We honestly feel like we can wear the Bodhi with just about every summer outfit.
Credit: Maggie Nichols


Should You Buy the Chaco Bodhi?


The Bodhi is a fantastic all-around pair of sandals with the right fit and adjustability to wear anywhere, the comfort to stay on all day, and the traction and stability to conquer just about anywhere life may take you. They're on the pricey side, but for a pair of sandals you can wear for most summertime activities, we think the investment — and Chaco's reputation for longevity — is well worth the investment. The only people we wouldn't recommend this sandal to are folks with flat or lower-than-average arches, as the footbed has pronounced arch support.

chaco bodhi for women - both the chaco bodhi (left) and chaco z/cloud 2 (right) are...
Both the Chaco Bodhi (left) and Chaco Z/Cloud 2 (right) are excellent adventure sandals.
Credit: Maggie Nichols


What Other Sandals Should You Consider?


We love rocking the Chaco Bodhi all summer long, from sending rapids to lounging on the beach to exploring new cities. But if you want a sandal that's even more secure and adventure-ready, the Chaco Z/Cloud 2 is an excellent choice for seriously hardcore outings. The Bedrock Cairn 3D PRO II Adventure is also rugged but with a more minimalist/barefoot-inspired profile. And if you want to go full zero-drop/barefoot, the Xero Z-Trail EV can't be beat.

Maggie Nichols