Shoemaker Quoc teamed up with bikepacking gear maker Restrap to make the perfect post-ride adventure sandals. Effectively an upgraded version of their recent Lala Slides made in the UK, the new Quoc x Restrap Sandals are lightweight, comfortable, and designed to strap right to your bikepacking bags – a great camp shoe solution after a long gravel adventure day riding in cycling shoes.
Quoc x Restrap bikepacker’s Sandals
On top of Quoc’s recent Lalashan Collection of new cycling shoes and their first ever non-cycling shoes – the Lala Slides – comes another pair of sandals that you aren’t supposed to wear while riding – the Quoc x Restrap Sandal.
These new sandals share much of the same simple construction, but get upgraded with adjustable velcro straps to dial in your ideal fit, a heel strap for proper retention, and one clip-on strap to make them easy to lash onto the outside of your bikepacking bags.
From a technical standpoint, these sandals are the epitome of a Quoc & Restrap collaboration – taking advantage of what each company does best.
The new sandals share the exact same grippy molded foam sole as the Lala Slides, and the same Gran Tourer durable microfiber for the side of the straps (both produced in Vietnam). Then, those get sent over to Quoc in the UK where they add Restrap signature Hypalon tabs on pivoting hardware, adjustable velcro straps, and Restrap’s own unique locking clip repurposed from their bag straps to make these easy to attach to your adventure setup.
The result is a comfortable & adjustable sandal that’s still lightweight – my size 43 Quoc x Restrap sandals weigh just 402g for the pair – 1/3 less than a pair of Keen slides or 1/2 the weight of a pair of Chaco sandals that I would sometimes carry for summer bikepacking trips.
Like the Lala Slides, these Quoc x Restrap bikepacker’s Sandals aren’t actually for riding, so my review is more just how nice they are to lounge in. Simply, they are a nice pair of light and adjustable sandals. Loosen the straps a bit and I was wearing them around the house with socks, first after riding, then pretty much everyday.
When the weather warmed up a bit and the sun came out, the socks went away immediately after the ride and I could tighten the straps down for a more secure fit making the sandals suitable for something that leaned more towards light hiking.
And now with the rear strap pivoted up (like in the Tech video above), I can wear them as slides, too.
The sole felt thin at first when I put them on, mostly because they really just feel a lot lighter than other sandals that I regularly wear. But I quickly settled into them and now appreciate the textured (but generally flat) footbed, a little bit of shock absorption walking over rough surfaces, and the simple but grippy outer tread.
The only real bikepacking-specific feature is the clip-on mid-foot strap, which is certainly nice, but a bit tricky to use. With two hands you can pop open the buckle, then clip the two sandals together, and if you adjust the velcro you can wrap the linked shoes around your saddle pack.
As for myself, the sandals are light enough that I will probably just put them on top of the pack most of the time, with the pack bungee cord looped through the sandal straps for security, then I can keep the velcro set where I like it.
All-in-all, I’m happy with the comfort, lightweight & versatility of the Quoc x Restrap bikepacking sandals, and I’m regularly wearing them not just around bikes. Now, I just have to wait for Quoc & Restrap to collab on a clipless version to ride in…
Quoc x Restrap Sandals – Pricing, Options & Availability
The new Quoc x Restrap bikepacker’s Sandals sell fog $130 / 100€ in whole EU sizes from 38-47. The come in all black, or the sand color that I’ve been testing with a black footbed & straps.
You can buy them now direct from either Quoc or Restrap’s webshops, or through either of their select retailers around the globe.