Solana Shoe Review

June 16th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

Ben Hoffman Racing in the Solana, St. George 70.3

Ben Hoffman, 4-time Ironman winner and Pro Zoot triathlete, shares his experience with testing the new Zoot Solana running shoes.

As a Zoot Sports sponsored professional triathlete for the last 3 years, I have been fortunate to bear witness to some awesome changes in the company’s product line. Some of the most exciting progress has come in footwear, and it has been part of my job to wear new prototypes and help in the development of new technologies, offering input from my constant training and racing. The latest and greatest in the lineup is the Solana, and it scores big on many levels.

I’ve been running in the Solana now for almost two months, and as with virtually every new shoe on offer from Zoot, the first thing I noticed in the Solana is the glove-like fit. The shoe wraps around the foot with incredible comfort, offering ample support while simultaneously allowing it to be where it wants to be naturally. Secure while comfortable. There is no unwarranted restrictive aspect, or excessively overbuilt components.  The seamless bonds and stitching add to the sleeve feeling which is now distinctive in the Zoot lineup. Despite adequate support and comfort, it’s not at a weight penalty: these are lightweight shoes with a very responsive and stable ride providing immediate feedback to the athlete.

Finally, the new Solana ranks high on my shoe choices because of its versatility. Just over a month ago I opted to race in the Solana at Ironman St. George 70.3 for the US Championships, after testing it in a shorter sprint distance event in April.  With such a hilly and demanding run course, I needed the perfect blend of cushioned comfort, lightweight performance, and responsive ride to carry me through the ups and downs of one of the hardest courses around. The new blown outsole and seamless upper delivered, carrying me to a strong 1:13 half-marathon split and 7th place finish against the best athletes in the world.  For my training runs before the race and after?  The Solana, naturally.

To learn more about the Zoot’s newest running shoe, the Solana, click here.

Next up, Ben will defend his title and course record at Ironman Coeur d’Alene on June 29th.

 

 

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.