What Makes a Tri Shoe Special?

April 10th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

When first looking for tri shoes the big question for many is, “Why do I need these?” Well, here is the answer. Tri shoes have specific design details to minimize the time we spend in T2. In fact, we believe so heavily in the need for a tri shoe that we were the first manufacturer to make triathlon specific shoes.

Here is what makes Zoot tri shoes special:
- The liner is designed to be extremely comfortable for sockless wear
- The traditional tongue has been replaced with a single piece upper to make it easier to put your shoe on
- The shoes feature a quick lacing system
- The soles have drainage holes (because who has time to dry off before the run?)
- They are extremely light, so they feel amazing on your feet

Now we hope that doesn’t make you think that our road and training shoes aren’t special in their own right. When Zoot introduced our road shoes, we took all the lessons that we learned from making the most comfortable shoes for the hardest sport on earth, and translated them over to a traditional road shoe.

To find which shoe is best for you, visit your local retailer. We hope you #LoveYourRun!

Spring is Here!

March 20th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

It’s official, can’t deny it, and no matter what the weatherman says… spring is here!

With that, we are happy to announce that the Zoot spring line is available both in stores and online. Here are the highlights.

Run
ULTRAcell AC with Icefil ® run apparel – Icefil ® technology is a multifunctional, intelligent moisture sensitive fabric designed to keep cool when body temperatures rise. ULTRAcell AC with Icefil ®, which combines Xylitol and thermal radiation nano technology, reduces skin temperature up to 5.4ºF / 3ºC. Micro denier polyester yarns create a moisture-wicking textile that is breathable, quick drying, and provides 50+ UPF sun protection.

Swim
Both our men’s and women’s wetsuits have been updated. The Prophet 2.0 (men / women) continues to be our premier wetsuit.

Tri
We have updated the Ultra tri tank (men / women) and shorts (men / women).

Bike
We have introduced sublimated Italian fabric to our Ultra Cycle Team Kit (men / women).

Shoes
We’ve talked about the shoes before but it doesn’t hurt to review what’s new here either.

The Ultra TT 7.0 (men / women) continues the heritage of triathlon greatness. No other shoe has won more podiums than this shoe. It’s universal in feel thanks to the 10mm offset and CarbonSpan+™. New to this year’s model is the top loaded Z-Bound™ that will simply feel even more alive under your foot.

The Ultra Race 4.0 (men / women) is the most advanced triathlon race day shoe. Built with the amazing glove-like fit of UltraFit™ and the Boa Closure System®, this shoe fits like no other on the planet. With its 8mm offset and CarbonSpan+™, you will feel fast.

The Ultra Tempo 6.0 (men / women), with new top loaded Z-Bound™ for a more responsive feel, continues down the line as one of the best guidance shoes you can run in. The 10mm offset gives it a training feel in a lightweight package.

The Ovwa 2.0 (men / women) has the smoothest ride you’ll find. The 10mm offset, CarbonSpan+™ and top loaded Z-Bound™ makes this race day shoe worthy of your training runs. Two lace options and loads of fun await you.

The Kiawe 2.0 (men / women) has that same great 6mm offset and fast on your feet feel, with an improved entry and a more comfortable fit. With two lace options and only 7.0oz of weight, you are sure to reach for this shoe often.

Flashback to March 2008

March 13th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

Flashback to March 2008

We are extremely proud of our storied past. For this episode of #ThrowBackThursday we are looking at a huge milestone for the company – the release of the first tri specific shoe. Here is an excerpt from the 2008 Xtri.com article explaining what made the original Ultra line so special.

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After years of studying triathletes, and further reinforced by athlete focus groups, Zoot Sports identified four inherent footwear problems specific to triathletes:

Speed of Entry – The need to get in and out of T2 as quickly as possible
Sockless Wear – Triathletes don’t want to take the time to put socks on
Water Retention – Studies have shown that traditional running shoes can gain an additional 30% of their weight during a race
Biomechanics – Athletes run differently after racing a bike

The solution to these problems is the ULTRA Line of Footwear. The initial ULTRA line of Zoot Footwear includes four models in both men’s and women’s styles: the ULTRA Race, an 8.4 ounce neutral racing shoe; the ULTRA TT, a 9.2 ounce neutral lightweight trainer; the ULTRA Tempo+, a 9.5 oz. dual-density midsole stability shoe; and the ULTRA Recovery Sandal, a fully customizable and cushioned sandal that helps reduce swelling and promotes a speedy recovery.

 

Keep them Coming!

March 10th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

Here at Zoot we really enjoy seeing photos of the Tribe showing off their Zoot gear – be it an unboxing, the first run, competing, or just something fun. They really do make us proud to be part of this company and sport. So please keep taking them and tagging us. We love them!

 

Nice nails! Photo: @twinkleblue81

 

Zoot – Built from the Inside Out

March 6th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

The average #IRONMAN participant takes over 12 hours to complete the event. That works out to a little over an hour for the swim, six and a half hours for the bike, and five hours for the run.

Think about that for a second. 12 straight hours of grueling work in three disciplines. Us triathletes are special people.

Here at Zoot we keep that in mind when designing our running and triathlon gear. We might be able to handle a rubbing seam or a pinch point for a short run, ride or swim, but for half a day? No way.

That is why we are committed to making the most comfortable gear on the planet. You might not be competing at Kona, but why should you suffer at all?

Zoot – Built from the Inside Out.

Photo: @jordanstiewig

Choosing the Shoe for You

March 5th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

Finding the right running shoe can be a difficult task. (Of course, we think that once you have decided to buy a Zoot running shoe half the battle is done. – Ed.) With so many options out there it can feel overwhelming. Even once you pick a brand, the shoe selection can still be difficult with each shoe company offering a myriad of choices in their respective line-ups. Yet there is a reason for this overwhelming amount of choices. Zoot offers ten different shoes that cover everything from racing to training and provide different types of support for every running style. Our shoe finder can be found here: Zoot Shoe Finder.

However, picking a shoe doesn’t have to be hard. Follow our shoe selection guide and you will be out the door and running in no time.

The first step when buying a new shoe is to figure out what type of foot you have. Next you need to decide how you will be using the shoe. Do you want a racer, trainer or something in-between? When making this decision it is important to know that the more race orientated the shoe, the less support and cushioning it will have.  This is done to keep the shoe lightweight for race day.

Once you have these two things figured out it’s time to head over to our shoe finder  at zootsports.com. It will walk you through our men’s and women’s shoe lines and help you pick the right shoe for your needs.

Finally, share with us! We always like hearing from the Zoot Tribe about their experiences with our gear.

Happy running!

Born in Kona

February 27th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

Zoot Sports was founded by Christal Nylin in 1983 in Kona, Hawaii – the home of the Ironman Triathlon World Championships. She had noticed that the athletes competing in the Ironman needed something more functional to race in. The problem was that the competitors were using the transition points as changing areas and losing valuable time. What they needed was gear that would allow them to seamlessly transition between swim, bike and run. Christal knew that she could do better and decided to make performance apparel that catered to these elite athletes.

Christal began by sewing pads into run shorts, experimenting with swim fabrics, attaching run singlets to bike shorts, and eventually created one and two-piece race suits for triathletes. With innovative designs, such as the padded Tri Brief, the drop tail, the aerodynamically designed Tri Jersey and the 3″ inseam bike shorts, her tri racesuits immediately gained popularity. And just like today, Zoot’s colorful designs were a large hit with the athletes.

All of these ideas were guided by the same principle that Zoot follows today: Innovative product solutions for multisport athletes.

Survive the Time Vortex

February 26th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

Photo:  @eturnertri

The bicycle trainer… it’s the group consensus at the office that this might be one of the most inhumane devices ever created. Time does not only slow down when you are riding a trainer, it comes to a complete stop. However, trainer time is a necessary evil, be it trying to get our workout in on a snow day or doing 2×20 efforts, it is part of our lives.

High-energy music is the key to our survival for these workouts, and for this we turn to dance music. The solid beats keep our legs turning over while the breakdowns provide us with either recovery time or out of the saddle intervals.

Give this playlist on Rdio a try and let us know if it helps you, too.

  1. Atmosphere (Extended Mix) ­– Kaskade, 123 bpm
  2. Soundtracks and Comebacks (Fedde le Grand Remix) – Goldfish  , 125 bpm
  3. Girls & Boys (Original Mix) – Inpetto, 126 bpm
  4. Million Voices (Original Mix) – Otto Knows, 126 bpm
  5. Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) – Lana Del Rey, 126 bpm
  6. Maneater (David Garcia & Morgan Page Remix- Edit) – Nelly Furtado, 128 bpm
  7. Big Hoops (Bigger The Better) (Sultan & Ned Shepard Remix) – Nelly Furtado, 127 bpm
  8. We’ll Be Coming Back (Michael Woods Remix) – Calvin Harris f./Example, 128 bpm
  9. Llove (feat. Haley) [Dada Life Remix] – Kaskade, 128 bpm
  10. Somebody That I Used to Know (Tiësto Remix) [feat. Kimbra] – Gotye, 128 bpm
  11. Pull The Trigger (Gladiator) – Sandro Silva & Oliver Twizt f./Elleah, 128 bpm
  12. Spectrum Feat. Matthew Koma (Deniz Koyu Remix) – Zedd, Matthew Koma, 128 bpm
  13. This Is What It Feels Like (feat. Trevor Guthrie) [Extended Mix] – Armin van Buuren, 130 bpm
  14. Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix) – Coldplay, 130
  15. Fire In Your New Shoes (Joachim Garraud Vocal Mix) – Kaskade, 130 bpm
  16. We Own The Night Feat. Luciana (Original Mix) – Tiesto, Luciana, Wolfgang Gartner, 130 bpm
  17. Ya Mama (Push The Tempo) (Moguai Remix) – Fatboy Slim, 130 bpm
  18. Human (Armin van Buuren Club Remix) – The Killers, 134 bpm
  19. Hold On (Fred Falke Remix) ­­– NERVO, 128 bpm

 

 

Ben Hoffman Shares His Training Essentials

February 20th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

Today we have a guest blog from Zoot Pro triathlete, Ben Hoffman. In 2013, Ben won Ironman Coeur d’Alene and set the course record with a time of 8:17:31 – now that’s fast! He followed that race up with a win at Branson Rev3 and a 15th place finish at the Ironman World Championships. Today, Ben shares what gets him through those other 360 days a year – his training days.

Zoot Training Essentials

Although Zoot may be known best for their race day equipment, I am outfitted in their training gear head to toe virtually every day in preparation for my events (Like we say, “Train as you race!” – Ed.). The hundreds of hours that go into preparing for an Ironman require equipment that is durable, comfortable and provides an extremely high level of performance for each of the three disciplines. An average training week, while building into a full-distance race, includes roughly 35 hours of training. Broken down that is approximately 18 hours on the bike, 8 to 9 hours running, 6 hours in the pool and 2 hours of strength training. Here is a rundown of some of the gear I use for my preparation.

On My Feet

Running is one of man’s most primal forms of exercise, but it’s not all about going barefoot and naked. My go-to training shorts, when the weather is nice, are the Ultra Run Icefil 8”. Not only does the spandex Icefil liner ventilate well, but it also provides a little extra support on long runs and completely eliminates chaffing. I seriously can’t believe how long I put up with the irritation that other liners create – these are a true epiphany. Finally, the Ultra short has side pockets, and for days when I need a little company in the form of music, I can slide the iPhone or iPod in the pocket for bounce-free carrying. They serve well for car keys or gels. too.

The most comfortable and versatile shoes I have worn for training purposes are the Ultra TT Trainer WR. They have additional cushioning, are still relatively lightweight, and are the perfect compliment to my Ironman race shoe, the Ultra TT 7.0,

For up top, I’m a fan of the Ultra Run Icefil Mesh Tee in warmer weather, and the Performance Run Microlite ½ zip when temps get colder. And when it’s really cold I wear the Ultra Run Biowrap Thermo Tights to keep my legs warm.

Finally, for race day, it’s all about the Zoot custom one-piece kit, visor and Ultra TT 7.0 shoe. I switch out the Ultra TT 7.0 for the Ultra Kiawe 2.0 for half-ironman races.

In the Saddle

My longest hours come in the saddle, and here it’s all about the custom Ultra Cycle bibs and jersey. When it gets cold, I throw on the thermo top, thermo leg warmers and Megaheat jacket.  Fortunately, there is ample pocket space for food, phone, etc., and the fabric wicks moisture like a sponge.

For racing, I rely on my custom Zoot kit for superior comfort and aerodynamic fit.

In the Water

It’s been a long haul learning how to swim with the front pack, but I couldn’t have done it without countless hours in the Ultra swim brief, chasing the black line and playing wall tag. When it comes time to hit the open water, I can be found in my Prophet 2.0 Wetzoot, or the Speedzoot for warmer days. The Prophet provides unmatched range of motion, incredible buoyancy, and is easy to peel off for quick transitions. Finally, it’s Zoot’s Swimfit cap that covers my dome.

The Rest of the Time

Not every hour of every day is spent training, but triathlon is definitely a lifestyle, and I have some other pieces of gear that fill in the gaps between workouts. Recovery is priority number one when I’ve finished my harder sessions, so I love to toss on the Recovery 2.0 CRx sock after long runs and rides, or during long travel days. As the Californians have taught us, a hoodie is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing made, and fortunately Zoot’s looks great, too. One last staple in my Zoot arsenal are the Recovery Slides, which are on my feet before and after every swim.

So there you have it! Zoot has me covered head to toe for my longest training days and the time between. No matter whether you live in a cold or warm climate, Zoot has your back with their comprehensive lineup of comfortable and high performance products.

#LoveYourRun Recipe: Chickpea and Cherry Frittata

February 18th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

One of our favorite things about Sunday morning workouts is the breakfast waiting for us on our return. With abundant carbs, protein and antioxidants, this amazing frittata recipe from Runner’s World is the perfect recovery meal.

Via Runner’s World (http://www.runnersworld.com/recipes/recipe-chickpea-and-cherry-frittata)

Ingredients
8 eggs, lightly whisked
1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 cup chopped fresh cherries or 1/2 cup chopped dried cherries
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup loosely packed, torn fresh mint leaves for garnish

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a bowl, mix the eggs, chickpeas, cherries, goat cheese, almond milk, thyme, agave nectar and cream of tartar. In a medium ovenproof skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and cook for 2 minutes without stirring. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake till the eggs are puffed and set in the middle, about 20 minutes. Let the frittata cool for 5 to 10 minutes. With a rubber spatula, gently work the frittata out of the pan and transfer it to a cutting board. Cut the frittata into wedges and serve garnished with the mint. Serves four to six.

Nutrition Information

Calories Per Serving: 395
Carbs: 25 g
Fiber: 4 g
Protein: 22 g
Fat: 22 g