Karrimor Hydro II Closed Toe
Walking and Hiking Sandals for Men
Product Review / Walking Gear Test

 Hydro II  Closed Toe Walking and Hiking Sandals for Men Karrimor Hydro II  Closed Toe Walking and Hiking Sandals for Men
Hydro II Closed Toe
Walking and Hiking Sandals for Men


Vital Statistics:

Colours: Black Sea, Military Green

Sizes: UK 7-12 (no half sizes)

Weight: 310gms

SRP: £80.00

Features to Note:

  • Upper: Performance Synthetic Nubuck and mesh
  • Midsole: Phylon
  • Outsole: Vibram Cougar
  • Synthetic Textile outer
  • Manufactured in China

Features to Note:

In-use Test:

Karrimor's Hydro IIs are described as sandals but - by virtue of their Vibram sole and footbed design - are maybe better described as soft sided walking shoes with ventilation. As such, they are comfortable enough for walking along forest trails, canal tow paths, converted railway tracks.

However, I found that I needed to wear them with socks (yes I know!) for walking any significant distance. This was largely down to the fact that there are no half-sizes available which meant that I was wearing a slightly larger size than my usual.

They fasten with a bungee-style, elasticated lace which so far has worked quite well although I'm not sure how well this is going to wear. I did find, though, that this lace was a little too long and the surplus end tended to flap rather annoyingly around my ankle.

Whilst this is obviously not footwear for wet weather, a problem I found is that if your feet do get wet, the water can't readily drain out of the shoe ... walking across sand is also similarly inconvenient!

Buying Advice:

Karrimor's Hydro-s are an interesting combination shoe - featuring a decent footbed/sole unit with the benefit of ventilation; consider them for summer walking in dry conditions along canal towpaths, converted railway lines, forest trails etc.

A tad expensive - but they do seem to be readily available at rather less than the recommended price. Inevitably they don't have all the features you need from a full walking shoe (eg waterproofness, lateral support) nor those needed from a trekking sandal (eg water draining). However the closed design does allow for the wearing of an orthotic which is usually not possible with a conventional sandal. Perhaps footwear for the man or woman who has everything!


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