The Source Gobi has been around for many years, and it always does well in Trail reviews. The unique feature is the green spot on the sole that is used as a measure of wear; if it is still intact when a problem occurs the guarantee remains valid. The sandal is made from synthetic materials, making it fast-drying and therefore ideal for travelling and crossing rivers. The straps have Velcro fastenings, making them very quick and easy to adjust. They also have good neoprene padding on the inside to add extra comfort compared to more basic options or lower-priced sandals. The sole stiffness is good for general walking on uneven terrain. Overall this is a very useful sandal for hill-walkers, backpackers and travellers looking for something that is practical on easier terrain. But on muddy, grassy slopes the Gobi does not grip as well as others. This is because the outsole lug pattern is relatively smooth, so it does not have the bite to get a grip in soft terrain. Some sandals have more protection around the toes and around the instep straps. You can get sandals with more cushioning underfoot and a softer feel against the base of the foot.
Upper soft tubular X webbing, neoprene padding
Sole Triple density EVA; antimicrobial footbed
Sizes 40-46 (men’s); 37-42 (women’s)
Weight 628g (pair, size 42)
Made in Far East
Stores in the UK 50
The Source Gobi is ideal for travelling and backpacking if used on level terrain, but others offer more foot protection and better grip.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2010