Regatta Crusoe 2009

The low price of the Regatta Crusoe is instantly appealing. And you get an awful lot of practical features for your cash. The Crusoe has a good three-point adjustment strap system, with Velcro and neoprene padding. The straps are wide at the forefoot, to provide extra protection. Underfoot there is a good, sturdy footbed that is stiff enough to take the strain out of a rocky path, while the cushioning deadens the pounding on a hard concrete surface. For grass and muddy campsites there is good grip too from a very aggressive pattern of lugs. The Crusoe really does tick a lot of practical boxes and at this price it’s hard to not place a recommendation on it immediately, as it is remarkable value at just £25. But those straps are made from leather, so get the Regatta Crusoes wet during a river crossing or even from tramping back and forth to the shower block and they are going to take an age to dry compared to synthetic options. Some sandals are a little stiffer in the sole, while others offer even more protection and slightly more comfort when walking


Upper nubuck leather straps with neoprene padding
Sole rubber outsole
Sizes 7-12 (men’s); 3-8 (women’s)
Weight 872g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 450+

Verdict: If £25 is your budget then the Regatta Crusoe ticks all the boxes except for one – and that is that those leather straps won‘t dry quickly if they get soaked. They won ‘Best Value’ in our test.


Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2009