Yet again, the Bedrock Cairn Adventure secures the highest score among all of the sandals we tested, earning it the Editors' Choice Award for the second year in a row. Simply put, no other model performs as well. The Cairn features a unique and comfortable strap design that perfectly hybridizes the light, airiness of a flip-flop and the security of a proper trail shoe. The low-profile Vibram sole provides stellar grip while still maintaining a decent amount of "trail feel." The Cairn is no doubt a strong contender in every testing metric. No matter the objective or destination, we found ourselves preferring this sandal over all the rest.
We expected the Luna Oso 2.0 to provide stiff competition with its similar design and lots of hype, but after months of testing, our testers agree that the Cairn outperforms the Oso in almost any scenario. If you want to take the minimalist sandal approach one step further, check out the incredibly lightweight Xero Z-Trail. Barefoot enthusiasts may appreciate its barely-there sole and low weight, providing excellent trail feel and packability, although it doesn't grant the all-around superiority of the Cairn.