Zoot Solana ACR

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Zoot Solana ACR Review Facts

The Zoot Solana ACR is very similar to the the original. It is a very responsive and lightweight shoe that provides great comfort. However, the Zoot Solana ACR brings even more to the table. The ACR stands for All Conditions Running. These shoes promise to protection from debris as well as winter weather and rain. Like the Solana, the ZVA midsole provides excellent neutral support and cushioning. The outsole provides enhanced traction on wet surfaces. The BareFit technology will provide a secure fit without being too restrictive.

Pros
  • Sock-like fit
  • Weather resistant
  • Traction and grip on wet terrain
  • Generous cushioning
  • Highly comfortable
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Reduced durability
  • Reduced breathability
  • Toe box may be a bit too snug
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole is made of a blown carbon rubber in order to provide light weight traction and stability. The outsole features Zoot's Responsive Ground Contact design, which provides more ground contact. The outsole is as flexible and supportive as previous version, but this time it features better grip for running on wet surfaces. The rubber component is provides good shock absorption as well as a bouncy feeling for more powerful take offs.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole features an injected Zoot EVA called ZVA. It is flexible and provides responsive cushioning. The ZVA adapts to the shape of your foot, providing a custom like cushioning. The midsole is very efficient absorbing shock, and combined with the outsole, provides good protection for your knees and hips. It also provides good energy return and transforms the energy from landing into powerful take offs.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the shoe has been redesigned. Instead of an open mesh upper, the shoe features a closed mesh that is weather resistant. The upper is still breathable but not as much as the previous version of the shoe. Some reviewers have complained about the ventilation of the shoe. Zoot has sacrificed breathability so you can wear the shoes during wet and winter seasons. The upper is made to resist tough weather conditions. The shoe still features the great BareFit technology that provides a secure fit, as well as the DryLex inner lining that has moisture wicking properties. The molded 3D heel counter provides stability locking your foot in a secure position for a more efficient gait cycle.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The ACR version of the Solana adds a little bit of weight, but overall, they are still very lightweight for what they provide. The average weight for the men’s version is 255 grams (8.9 oz.), and the average weight for the women’s is 235 grams (8.2 oz.). Remember those are average weights as the weight varies depending on the size of the shoes.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The balance between the weatherproof characteristics and the breathability is not the best. By incorporating a closed mesh upper, the ventilation of the shoe is reduced. Reviewers have said that they can get sweaty and hot when running with them in warm conditions. The Solana ACR works best in winter conditions. The DryLex lining will wick the excess of sweat away from your feet.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Comfort is what makes this shoe a favorite for many runner. A good combination of cushioning, good fit, and lightweight make for a comfortable ride. There is enough room in the toe box, allowing your toes to splay more naturally. The molded 3D heel counter secures your heel comfortably. The blown carbon rubber outsole and the ZVA midsole provide a good bouncy feeling for protection and comfortability.
Style
Style

Style

This version of the Solana looks almost exactly like its previous version. The difference with this shoes is the closed mesh upper material. They come in a default black upper that is combined with other colors. The women’s line comes with at least 3 combinations of colors, while the men’s line comes in black and bright green.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The reduced durability of the shoes is a down side of them. The shoes begins to break down and reviewers stated they get no more than 250 miles out of them. From holes in the upper to structural damage in the midsole, these shoes have a limited life. The great thing is that they are very affordable, so getting a new pair isn't a problem.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The great shock absorption properties of the midsole and outsole, promote softer landings and thus, helping prevent injuries. The toe cap protects your toes from any debris. The All Conditions Running (ACR) waterproof upper provides extra protection from the debris and the weather specially during wet and cold conditions.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The overall flexibility combined with an amazing fit thanks to the BareFit technology, makes this shoe very responsive. The midsole adapts to the shape of your foot and the upper locks your foot into place for enhanced control and responsiveness. The outsole provides great traction, even on wet surfaces, adding to the overall repsonsiveness.
Support
Support

Support

Just like the previous version, these shoes provide neutral support. They are not made for under or overpronators, but they do provide good support for heavier runners. Reviewers stated the insoles are thicker than other similar shoes, making them more comfortable and supportive for longer. If you overpronate, the insole can be replaced with.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

These shoes are more versatile than the Zoot Solana. The outsole pattern in the Solana ACR provides better traction on wet surfaces. These shoes are waterproof and work best in cold weather and wet conditions. As the previous version, these shoes are made to run marathons and triathlons, so long distance runs over asphalt is their natural terrain.
Price
Price

Price

Slightly more than the non weatherproof version, these shoes come with an amazing price tag. The average price is $110 USD, making them great value for your money.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The outsole of the shoe is made with blown carbon rubber, a compound that provides great traction and grip while being lightweight and very flexible. The lug pattern provides even more responsiveness and control than the previous Solana. It is made for running under all kinds of weather conditions. However, they perform their best on flat and even surfaces like roads, tracks and light gravel paths.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

For some reason, reviewers are divided when it comes to the flexibility of these shoe. Some say that they need a break in period, while other state they are ready to go as soon as you open the box. The blown carbon rubber, the ZVA midsole and the BareFit upper were designed to provide maximum flexibility. The more you wear them, the more flexible they will feel.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Lightweight, flexible but yet very stable. Each component featured in this shoe promotes stability and responsiveness. The combination of the outsole and ZVA midsole provide stability for the base of your foot. The BareFit seamless internal construction will secure the midfoot area while the molded 3D heel counter promotes a natural but stable heel to toe transition.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop of a shoe is the difference between the heel height and the fore foot height of the shoe. The Zoot Solana ACR has the same drop as their previous version - 8 mm. The heel height is 28 mm and the forefoot height is 20 mm for both men and women. These neutral shoes will make you run smoother by promoting more natural transitions for a more efficient gait cycle.
Key Features of the Zoot Solana ACR
Key Features of the Zoot Solana ACR

Key Features of the Zoot Solana ACR

• BareFit internal construction
• DryLex inner lining
• Injected ZVA midsole
• Blown carbon rubber outsole
• Molded 3D heel counter
• Responsive Ground Contact outsole
• Weatherproof upper
• Wet road gripping lugs
Bottom line
Bottom line

Bottom line

This version of the Zoot Solana features a weather resistant treatment in the upper. The closed mesh provides extra protection against the winter conditions. You can now have the perfect year long combination of footwear. Thanks to the updated outsole, the responsiveness of this shoe has been increased. But many of the other features runners know and love from the previous version, have remained. The Zoot Solana ACR is a versatile shoe that will allow you to run smoother and faster during the winter.