Recap: Which to Get?
Chaco Flip – If durability is paramount, get this one. And if you’re the type to go do longer hikes in your flip flops, get this one. It is still my favorite in sand and water; it is quick drying; and while it isn’t cushy, it’s firm platform and stiffer sole works better than the others when hiking in very rocky areas, and the Flip is the most resistant in the group to allowing rocks to press through the sole and footbed and into my feet. There’s a lot to like here.
OluKai Kia’i – Get this one if you want a very cushioned feel (as opposed to the Chaco Flip) and you still want to get some solid performance and durability out of your flip flops. When I was dealing with those knee issues in the past, there were times when the Chaco simply felt too firm to wear, but the Kia’i felt fine. When on my feet for a long time, my feet fatigue less in the Kia’i than they do in the Flip.
OluKai Holona – Consider this to be the dressed-up version of the Chaco Flip. It looks great, so if you aren’t subjecting your flips to muddy paths and sharp rocks and wet sand and long alpine hikes — get these. I still love my Chaco Flips for everything I’ve just mentioned. But I no longer wear my Flips around the house and around town — that honor now goes to the Holona. Love their low-profile design, firmer ride, and sharp looks.
OluKai Kupuna – These are literally the dressier-looking version of the OluKai Kia’i or ‘Ohana. Or the much cushier, less-low-profile version of the Holona. If you’re trying to look more sophisticated in your flips and you don’t want that firmer ride of the Holona, get these.
That’s what we’ve found so far. Agree? Disagree? Know of anything else out there that you think is as good or better?
To be continued…