The Karrimor Aruba costs a fiver less than last year, when it was already an excellent-value product, so now it is hard to beat on price. It is a synthetic sandal, so it is fast-drying and potentially ideal for more active users who will use it for river crossings when trekking for example. The straps have Velcro adjustment at the heel, ankle and forefoot, while padding on the inside ensures the straps are comfy against the skin. The sole unit is well-padded to provide a comfortable ride on tarmac or rocky surfaces as well as softer terrain. There is also a good outsole lug pattern to allow this sandal to provide a good grip. The sole is stiff enough to make uneven ground comfortable too. Use this when functional performance is needed, and it should be ideal for backpackers and campers. But this is a very open sandal, with minimal protection for the foot, so some care is needed when wearing it to prevent scrapes against the skin. The sole is not as stiff as some options and it does not have the same level of comfort when walking due to this. However these are minor gripes really as most users will find the Aruba excellent.
Upper synthetic webbing straps, neoprene padding
Sole Karrimor Islands, phylon mid-sole, shaved phylon footbed
Sizes 7-12 (men’s); 4-8 (women’s)
Weight 744g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 350
The Karrimor Aruba is well-priced with great performance and good comfort and is generally ideal for camping, walking, travel and trekking. It won ‘Best Value’ in our review.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2010