The Karrimor Cayman is a very robust sandal with plenty of practical features to make it useful for trekking. The outsole is what sets it apart from many others as it has really great lugs that are deep and widely spaced to give a good grip on soft ground. There’s also some good stiffness in the sole to resist pressure from more uneven paths when trekking. The footbed is reasonably well-cushioned too, making these quite comfy on the foot. The upper is fairly spartan with just the usual three-point strap adjustment to hold the sandal on your foot. The straps are well-padded, though, and when combined with the outsole makes for comfy and practical sandals. But some might prefer a sandal with a little more protection at the ball of the big toe in particular, even if they do not want an enclosed toe. While the Karrimor Cayman is very practical, no doubt a ‘cooler’ and less traditional style will suit some.
Upper tubular webbing, neoprene padding
Sole Vibram Atoll; phylon footbed
Weight 716g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 250
The Karrimor Cayman is a well-priced, practical sandal that is great for use on campsites as well as trekking and travel. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011