Source Gobi Adventure
Walking and Hiking Sandals for Men and Women
Product Review / Walking Gear Test

 Gobi Adventure Walking and Hiking Sandals for Men and Women Source Gobi Adventure Walking and Hiking Sandals for Men and Women
Gobi Adventure
Walking and Hiking Sandals for Men and Women


Vital Statistics:

Guarantee: 2 years minimum or as long as the green dot is visible on the sole

Colours: Black Inca, Vines Grey (Men), Tribal Red, Spring Olive, African Pink (Women)

Sizes: 40 - 47 Men, 37 - 42 Women

Weight: 537g

SRP: £59.99

Features to Note:

  • Independent adjustment of heel, forefoot and arch straps. Precisely adapts to an individual footprint and to the type of activity undertaken
  • Fast-Drying Straps based on soft tubular polypropylene webbing that dries twice as fast as commonly used nylon/polyester webbing
  • Sole based on Source's own A.R.T (Advanced Rubber Technology) which is a genuine rubber compound
  • Anti-Microbial Compound is integrated permanently in the upper sole keeps the foot cool and dry and prevents sandal odour
  • Triple-Layer Padding using high quality materials layered one on top of the other
  • Eco Logic Carry Bag for transporting dirty/wet sandals

Source says:"Amazing lightweight sandals that provide an unmatched relaxed feeling when you wear them."

Features to Note:

In-use Test:

I've worn the Source Gobi Adventure Sandals on a a number of shorter walks on relatively straight forward terrain. I've been testing a men's sandal size 45 - which is my normal shoe size. The 3 adjustment points at heel, front and arch of the foot meant it was quick and simple to get a good fit. All three straps are really well padded so when combined with the nice stable sole I found the Source Gobi Adventure Sandal to be a very comfortable, relatively light sandal.

The soles also have a good level of stiffness so were good over more uneven ground. However, the lugs on the soles are relatively shallow so the traction on less stable ground was less than I would like.

Buying Advice:

These are certainly a well designed, extremely comfortable pair of sandals with a fair usage based guarantee. Whilst my personal preference is to wear walking boots for walking any significant distances, these are light enough to have in the backpack to cope with a stream/shallow river crossing when the quick-drying straps are a real bonus.


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• I've had my pair of classic walking sandals by Source for at least 20 years and they're still going strong...I've walked for miles in them, they've paddled in the Atlantic, the Med and the Indian Ocean, clambered over rocks and climbed various low-level hills and still they keep on going! They are showing only the slightest signs of wear even though they have been well used and abused! I'm so impressed by them and feel almost disloyal in considering the purchase of a new pair.... If you work out 'cost per wear' the original purchase price is certainly one of the biggest bargains of my life!

Helen Wilson, Ballymena Ni


• I've had a pair of men's Source Gobi sandals for around six years now. They're well made, durable, comfortable and the strap adjustment means they feel secure on your feet. My criticism would be that my feet get really hot in them (and there's plenty of places with hotter summers than the UK!). The black synthetic sole makes my feet sweat and get sticky and over time it is difficult to stop them becoming smelly as a result. I wonder if a leather sole would be better in this respect?

anon


• I have now had three pairs of these. I wear them for most of the summer months, generally and for serious walks of up to 10 miles. They are great in the wet. Last year I wore them in atrocious conditions on the Great Wall of China - my guide wanted me to wear proper walking boots.

Kim Fyson, Cambridge


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