@Redland77 backpacking in sandals is such a personal choice! At REI, we meet lots of folks who opt for sandals for backpacking (often Chacos), although we typically recommend shoes/boots for the additional coverage for your toes and additional ankle stability. For folks who choose shoes/boots, it is nice to have a pair of sandals as well to give you the option of switching it up on the trail/at camp.

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