There aren’t many things that remain unchanged and reliably good year on year, but the Source Gobi sandal is one. Even the price is the same this year. The special feature is the green spot on the sole, which is used as a measure of wear: if it is still intact when a problem occurs, the guarantee remains valid. The Gobi is a synthetic sandal, so it is fast to dry and ideal for those wanting to use it in water. The straps have Velcro fastenings, so they are quick and easy to use. More importantly there is neoprene padding on the inside to improve comfort. There is good stiffness in the sole for walking on uneven terrain too. Overall this is a well-proven classic that performs well year after year for travelling and walking. But on more testing terrain such as muddy grass slopes the Source Gobi offers less grip than other sandals that have a more aggressive outsole lug pattern. This is a fairly open sandal design and so it does not provide the same amount of protection to the foot as more enclosed models. The cushioning is firmer than other sandals too, so the general ride and feel is not as comfy as it could be.
Upper soft tubular X webbing, neoprene padding
Sole triple-density EVA; anti-microbial footbed
Sizes 40-47 (men’s); 37-42 (women’s)
Weight 628g (pair, size 42)
Made in Far East
Stores in the UK 45
The Source Gobi is a great travel and walking sandal, but others offer better grip and foot protection on more uneven ground.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011