The 2014 Mono [Moh-No] (means Monkey in Spanish) is our do everything, go everywhere sandal. When you're hiking, traveling, lounging, camping, running, spelunking, or anything else-ing, this is your go-to footwear. As with most LUNAs, the Mono quickly molds to your foot with wear and becomes "your" sandal.
The Mono (pronounced "moe-no") is made up of a super light, moldable Vibram sole combined with the Pittards Premium Leather or non-slip MGT footbed. The protective, lightweight sole allows for a wide variety of uses from casual wear to trail running, while the overall thickness means the ankle holes can be countersunk to reduce wear on the laces.
Mono Weight (single sandal, men's size 9, ATS laces, either footbed): about 4.6 oz
How does it compare to the other sandal models?
• The Venado is our lightest, thinnest model. Great for road running or casual wear, and molds well to your feet.
• The Mono is our most versatile sandal. Its thickness allows for the foot to mold completely. It has some traction for trail running, but not so much that it can't be used for road wear.
• The Oso is secure and rugged, but also our beefiest, least moldable option. If you need a tough, long-lasting sandal for rocky terrain or a trail ultra marathon, the Oso is for you. If not, no Oso for you, yo!
• The Leadville (11mm) and Leadville Pacer (9mm) are lightweight, moldable trail alternatives to the more protective Oso. They have more aggressive tread than the Venado and Mono, making them better for trails. The aggressive tread will wear out quickly on pavement though, so stick to trails with these sandals!
You can choose between the Pittards Premium Leather footbed and the MGT footbed. Our MGT (Monkey Grip Technology) footbed maintains the black, low profile, look of the naked top Lunas while improving traction and durability. For wet and muddy conditions the MGT footbed is king.
The Pittards High Performance Leather footbed adds comfort, helps your sandals form to your feet, and absorbs some moisture. The MGT footbed is still the ultimate in wet weather running, however the Pittards footbed offers a natural and beautiful looking alternative.
The Mono comes with our secure and comfortable ATS (All Terrain Strapping) laces. The ATS laces include our Luna Plug System, which consists of a soft, tubular nylon between the toes and a flat plug under the outsole for extended wear protection.
The remainder of the laces are made up of a climbing-grade tubular nylon with an elasticized heel strap, making the sandals easy to slip on and off. The buckle at the top of the foot allows for simple adjustments thanks to the ability to tighten and loosen the buckle and slide the strap up and down the toe strap. To keep the buckle from slipping while you're wearing them, a strip of MGT (Monkey Grip Technology) has been added to the buckle area.