Zoot – Built from the Inside Out

March 6th, 2014 - Posted by

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

Born in Kona

February 27th, 2014 - Posted by

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.


October 4th, 2013 - Posted by

Christal Nylin, Zoot Sports Founder, sitting in her store on Ali’i Drive

In 1983 we stitched together our first padded trisuit and have been at it ever since! This year marks our 30th Birthday!!! We are so excited to celebrate it with you in the place where it all began: The Big Island!

On Saturday October 12th, thousands of athletes will toe the line at the 35th Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii and we could not be more proud of every one of them for all the hard work and effort they put in to get there.

And we can think of NOTHING better than to celebrate our 30th with our athletes, friends, family and YOU….so we decided to throw a giant party after the race.  We have a handful of tickets to the invite-only Zoot Kona After Party we’ll be giving away throughout the week, so be sure to stop by our booth, check us out on Facebook and tune in on Twitter to find out how these could be yours (hint: may want to brush up on your Happy Birthday singing voice… 🙂

You’ll find us at the Expo all week.  We’re taking it back to the 80’s with some totally gnarly, limited edition performance apparel.  So swing by – we’d love to see you and we’d LOVE to giant high-5 your totally rad self!

*If you’re NOT in Kona, no worries, we got you covered.  Look for updates and behind-the-scenes shots from the expo, the race and the after-party:  #zootkona2013
And if you’re digging our 80’s gear, be sure to ask your friend/training partner/random local Kona-qulaifier to pick-up a kit for you.