Regatta Ad-Trek 2011

A new sandal for this spring, the Regatta Ad-Trek is a very practical design coupled with some modern styling. So you get an upper that is water-resistant to ensure it is fast-drying. The straps are Velcro, making them quick and easy to use, and there are three adjustment points so a reasonable fit should be easily achieved. The straps are lined with neoprene for a little extra comfort, and the foot is better protected than some thanks to the enclosed toe and fairly wide area of protection at the little toe and big toe flex points. Underfoot the outsole has quite an aggressive lug pattern for grip on softer terrain. There is good cushioning too. A decent all-round walking performance is on offer here at a good price. But the Regatta Ad-Trek’s outsole lacks the stiffness and support of some sandals that are designed for adventure trekking. So while there is good cushioning for hard surfaces there is not enough stiffening for when those hard surfaces become rocky in nature, such as on a typical rough path experienced on treks.

Upper PU-coated nubuck leather, synthetic mesh, neoprene padding
Sole TPR outsole
Sizes 7-12 (men’s); 3-8 (women’s)
Weight 636g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 422

The Regatta Ad-Trek is a well-priced sandal with good cushioning and extra protection for trekking, but more stiffness in the sole would make it even better.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011