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ECCO Yucatan - Women's Review

Price:  $130 List | $90.73 at REI
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Pros:  Durable, good traction, quick to adjust
Cons:  Inflexible sole, heavy, expensive
Bottom line:  This is a fine sandal for around-town use, but those seeking a technical performer should look elsewhere.
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Weight (pounds):  1.38 lbs (size 11)
Width options:  Medium
Sole Material:  Rubber
Manufacturer:   ECCO

Our Verdict

The ECCO Yucatan has thousands of happy customers singing its praises across the internet, and we indeed found it to be a comfortable, supportive sandal for walking around town or doing yard work. However, for the more technical pursuits we like to tackle in outdoor sandals, the Yucatan doesn't hold up. Its thick, inflexible sole was relatively uncomfortable on the trail and slippery on uneven surfaces, and its unsuitability for water sports is a major downside. While this model is quick to adjust, the toe strap has a narrow lining that can't be loosened, so this would not be a good choice for those with wider feet. For a supportive, durable sandal that can accommodate wide feet and can take you up mountains and through rivers, check out the Chaco Z/Cloud 2.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Joanna Trieger
Review Editor

Last Updated:
Tuesday
June 5, 2018

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After reading a zillion positive reviews, we had to give the ECCO Yucatan a try. There is a lot of shoe here, and while we found this model to be comfortable, we ultimately didn't think it was worth the hype. Read on to learn why.

Performance Comparison



Comfort


The materials of the Yucatan's footbed and straps feel good against the skin, and these sandals took virtually no time to break in. We did notice a few persistent points of discomfort where the linings of the straps overlap, creating thick pads of fabric that press into the foot (this is a bigger problem for those with narrow feet, who will have to tighten the straps more than the wide-footed).

This sandal is comfortable while walking around town or on mellow trails. For more technical pursuits, the Yucatan suffers. With bulky, lined straps and lots of side coverage, there is a lot of sandal-to-foot contact, and our feet got uncomfortably hot on steep hikes. The Yucatan's relatively hard, stiff sole felt jarring underfoot while carrying a heavy pack. For a sandal that's just as supportive but a lot more comfortable over technical terrain, we love the Chaco Z/Cloud 2.

The Ecco Yucatan has a stiff  heavy sole  so it's not ideal when you're carrying a heavy pack.
The Ecco Yucatan has a stiff, heavy sole, so it's not ideal when you're carrying a heavy pack.

Stability


The Yucatan features a molded footbed and wide straps, so our feet felt totally stable within these sandals. That said, this model's sole is among the thickest and least flexible we tested, so when walking on rough trails, the sandal had no give to cushion our legs from uneven terrain. Imagine hiking with your feet encased in bricks: You're foot's not going anywhere inside the brick, but the brick isn't taking on any of the trail's roughness for you. The Yucatan's certainly aren't bricks, but their soles are a little brick-like.

The Yucatan grips the feet nicely  but its inflexible sole makes for an unstable trip over rocky terrain.
The Yucatan grips the feet nicely, but its inflexible sole makes for an unstable trip over rocky terrain.

Traction


We were generally impressed by how well this sandal performed in this category. On granite and steep trails, the Yucatan's durable rubber sole held its own against the more technical sandals in our test group, and its footbed material held our feet steady. Unfortunately, the rigid sole makes it really difficult to bend the toe box downward, so it's hard to grip uneven surfaces. By contrast, the super-flexible sole of the Bedrock Cairn Adventure provided superior grip over uneven rocks.

The Yucatan has decent traction over smooth rock  but some of the other models we tested (jumbled here) were grippier over uneven terrain.
The Yucatan has decent traction over smooth rock, but some of the other models we tested (jumbled here) were grippier over uneven terrain.

The Yucatan isn't recommended for water use, but we thrashed it through a few streams for you anyway. The footbed definitely becomes more slippery when wet, and the sole didn't provide great traction over wet rocks. If you're looking for a model with superior traction on wet and dry ground alike, check out the Chaco Z/Cloud 2.

Adjustability


The Yucatan has three adjustable Velcro straps: one across the top of the foot, one across the toes, and one around back. All of them are easy to adjust quickly, and all can be adjusted one-handed. Note, though, that the toe strap has a non-adjustable (though slightly stretchy) lining, so it's only really possible to tighten this strap, not loosen it. Our narrow-footed tester was fine with this, but those with wide or even regular feet may find the toe strap uncomfortably tight.

The non-adjustable lining under the Yucatan's toe strap limits this model's adjustability. The tester pictured here has narrow feet  so those with regular or wide feet might have trouble squeezing into this toe strap.
The non-adjustable lining under the Yucatan's toe strap limits this model's adjustability. The tester pictured here has narrow feet, so those with regular or wide feet might have trouble squeezing into this toe strap.

Adaptability


The Yucatan is a fine sandal for around-town use, but it underperformed for most technical applications compared to the rest of our test group. This is also one of the heavier and bulkier models we tested, so we wouldn't choose it as a camp sandal for backpacking trips or tuck it into a carry-on.

This model does have the all-important ability to accommodate socks, so for car camping trips, yard work, or even just chilly mornings at the dog park, the Yucatan is a decent option.

We value the ability to rock socks at the dog park on a chilly morning  so the Yucatans get a thumbs up here.
We value the ability to rock socks at the dog park on a chilly morning, so the Yucatans get a thumbs up here.

Style


Style is subjective, so you can decide based on the photos in this review whether the Yucatan is a good lookin' shoe for you. We can report that the friends and family we surveyed weren't huge fans of this model and that its overall clunky shape left us feeling less than stylish when wearing it around town. On the upside, the Yucatan has 13 colorway options, so you can pick what works best with your wardrobe.

A Sierra backdrop makes everything look good  but will the Yucatans meet your style needs?
A Sierra backdrop makes everything look good, but will the Yucatans meet your style needs?

Best Applications


This model performs best around town, or perhaps on a nature trail or a flat, mellow hike. It's also an easy sandal to slip on for gardening, yard work, or other chores around the house.

Value


We think $130 is a whole lot to pay for a sandal that's not suitable for technical use. That said, the Yucatan is undoubtedly durable and is made of quality materials, so if you're looking to buy the last around-the-yard sandal you'll need for a long time, this could be worth the investment.

Conclusion


The ECCO Yucatan is a comfortable, durable sandal that could be a great choice if you're planning to stick around town, but it's not a good option for those who also want to hike, bike, swim, and generally get dirty in their sandals.

Joanna Trieger

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