Whether looking for a trainer that will perform on a long run or just a new pair for your daily jogs around your neighborhood, what every runner wants is a comfortable, responsive shoe that’s durable and dynamic that works well on the road and any other regular running surface. Although ultra lightweight trainers are highly specialized they may lack all-around ability, while some neutral running shoes have excellent support and comfort but are maybe a little too plush to provide a responsive ride. For the runner looking for a high-quality shoe that provides comfort, responsiveness, and delivers a smooth ride while being made to last, the Zoot Carlsbad is a design made to meet your daily training needs.
Featuring Zoot’s Z-Bound™+ midsole for superior protection and cushioning, its soft, responsive construction provides step-in comfort. This midsole also absorbs impact shock and delivers an energy rebound that reduces forefoot fatigue, making the Carlsbad a very comfortable running shoe that never feels too plush and doesn’t sacrifice responsiveness for cushioning. The Zoot Carlsbad’s outsole is also exceptionally durable and provides additional cushioning, covered in targeted carbon and blown rubber and featuring CarbonSpan+™ that provides great midfoot support and excellent toe-off. The upper includes BareFit™ open mesh internal liner that provides a fantastic fit with great breathability. Meanwhile, its seamless interior cuts down on the potential for developing painful blisters, keeping the foot secure throughout a ride and safe from irritation.
For a durable trainer that will deliver a comfortable ride on your daily workouts, long runs, or just quick sprints around the block, the Zoot Carlsbad is a shoe that fits a variety of exercises and activities. While there may be lighter trainers out on the market, and ones that come with a lower price, there are few that can match the comfort and quality of the Zoot Carlsbad.
- Extremely comfortable midsole that retains responsiveness
- Highly durable construction with a flexible upper and sturdy outsole
- Breathable mesh upper keeps foot cool throughout a run
- Colorful design without being too garish
- Seamless internal that reduces irritation and blisters
- Slightly higher-priced trainer
- Limited color variations available
With a thick outsole outlined by a bright yellow with a dark blue sole and the upper either in Navy or white, the Carlsbad is more subdued than many comparable running shoes. However, there have been a few complaints that style choices are limited (it comes in only two color patterns: either Plutonium/Navy/Subatomic Yellow or White/Navy/Spring Green), but these choices are both aesthetically pleasing without being garish or overwhelming.
- Dynamic outsole made with carbon rubber for durability and blown rubber for comfort
- Highly breathable mesh upper that keeps foot firmly in place after lace-up
- Sock-like seamless BareFit™ open mesh internal liner
- Very durable trainer that retains its traction even after heavy use
Although its price point may be a little higher than what some runners are looking to spend, particularly on a trainer that’s slightly heavier than the average running shoe, for the amount of technology and comfort the Zoot Carlsbad offers, this may be a fair trade-off. With a stylish but not overwhelming aesthetic and a solid construction that offers a firm, sturdy outsole and a flexible, breathable upper, the Carlsbad is for runners that require more comfort in their ride and are looking for a daily trainer that will keep delivering after many miles are put between first step-in and long after they’re are well-worn - but they certainly won’t look it!