Zoot Coronado Review Facts
The Zoot Coronado is a stability road running shoe. It was designed to be comfortable, stable, and durable on long runs and is ideal for runners with medium to large frames. The durable ZCR and ZFR rubbers provide extra durability in high abrasion areas and cushioning in the forefoot. The Z-Bound technologies in the midsole add cushioning, shock absorption, responsiveness, and durability. CarbonSpan+ improves toe-offs so that runners can thrust the foot forward without experiencing fatigue. The Dual-Density Medial Support works to slow over-pronation by supporting and stabilizing the midfoot. The BareFoot Internal Liner adds a comfortable sock-like feel, the no-sew design reduces the risk of irritation and hot spots, and the open mesh allows air to flow around the foot to keep it cool and dry. If you are a mild to moderate overpronator looking for a daily running shoe or a shoe to wear to your next triathlon, the Zoot Coronado could be the shoe for you!
The outsole uses two kinds of rubber. ZCR is a dense rubber that can take a lot of impact without chipping or breaking off, and is used in the heel and in the outer edges of the forefoot that experience the most abrasion. ZFR is a softer yet still durable rubber that is in the forefoot and adds flexibility and responsiveness to the shoe
. The treads in the forefoot and heel provide good traction on roads and the grooves add additional flexibility.
The midsole uses Z-Bound and CarbonSpan+ foam technologies. The Z-Bound Midsole absorbs shock and rebounds the foot back into the air. The Z-Bound Insole provides durability and comfort. Z-Bound reduces stress on the forefoot and foot fatigue. CarbonSpan+ supports the midfoot and improves toe-offs, and the Dual-Density Medial Support slows over-pronation by stabilizing the midfoot. The 12mm drop promotes forward momentum and makes sure there is enough cushioning in the heel.
The upper is made of mesh, synthetic material, and a sockliner. The open mesh allows air to flow around the foot and keep it dry and cool. The synthetic overlays are water-resistant and provide support and structure. The no-sew construction helps prevent irritation, blisters, and hot spots. The BareFit Internal Liner provides a comfortable sock-like fit. The laces give a snug fit and the tongue and heel collar are padded for additional comfort. The toe box is of average size. The heel counter helps stabilize the rear of the foot and the toe cap protects against rocks and debris in the road. The upper is durable, flexible, and responsive.
At 10.7 oz for men and 9.6 oz for women, the Zoot Coronado is about average weight for a running shoe
, although some reviewers commented that it felt lightweight
when running. Adding to the weight are the durable ZCR and ZFR rubbers in the outsole and the Dual-Density Medial Support in the midsole. The lighter components include the Z-Bound Midsole and Insole, the CarbonSpan+ in the midsole, and the mesh, overlays, and BareFit Internal Liner in the upper.
The Zoot Cornando has a very breathable upper. The mesh and BareFit Internal Liner allow air to flow in and out of the shoe in order to keep it cool and dry. The overlays do not take away from the breathability and are water-resistant, allowing users to run in mildly to moderately wet conditions. The no-sew upper reduces the risk of blisters
, irritation and hot spots compared to overlays that are stitched on.
This shoe is very comfortable and has a high level of cushioning. The ZFR rubber in the outsole is both flexible and responsive, making it easier to move in. In the midsole, the Z-Bound Midsole absorbs shock to be easy on the joints and bounces the foot back into the air for effortless running, and the Z-Bound Insole adds a comfortable layer of cushioning
for soft landings. The Z-Bound and CarbonSpan+ technology help reduce forefoot stress and fatigue. Transitions are smooth, natural and comfortable. The Dual-Density Medial Support and heel counter make the shoe more comfortable for overpronators or runners who are prone to injury. The upper is breathable and the BareFit Internal Liner gives a plush, sock-like feel. The laces provide a snug fit and the tongue and heel collar are padded for comfort
. The average-sized toe box is neither too tight nor too loose, allowing the toes to slay and push off comfortably. The shoe feels lightweight when in motion and takes around ten miles to break in. It has a standard length and width and fits well for runners with medium-width feet. The sizes run a little small, so potential buyers should consider ordering a half or full size up.
Only one color option is available for the Zoot Coronado: Plutonium
/Spring Green/Navy for men and Pacific
/Honey Dew/Maliblue for women. The outsole is white and the laces match the midsole. The midsole is green on the men's shoe and yellow on the women's shoe. The mesh is blue for men and women. The overlays are purple-blue for men and light blue for women. The interior is blue-purple for men and yellow for women. The Zoot logo is green on the men's shoe and white on the women's shoe. The color combinations are generally liked by most people, but some would prefer more choices or do not want a bright (men) or pastel (women) colored shoe. Some reviewers liked the design, while others thought it looked too bulky.
The Zoot Coronado has excellent durability. In the outsole, the denser ZCR rubber is used in high impact areas, and the softer yet still durable ZFR rubber is used in the forefoot. The Z-Bound Insole cushioning has some durability, but the Z-Bound Midsole that absorbs shock and rebounds the foot into the air was specifically engineered for durability. The Dual-Density Medial Support is very dense and durable. The mesh, synthetic overlays, and BareFit Internal Liner were designed to be durable and water resistant. Testers were able to run around 300 miles before signs of wearing, and the mesh in the upper is usually the first area to wear down.
The Coronado protects the runner at every level
. The outsole protects the runner from feeling objects on the ground and the treads provide traction to protect against sliding on roads. In the midsole, the Z-Bound Insole cushions landings and the Z-Bound Midsole absorbs shock in order to protect joints. The Dual-Density Medial Support protects mild to moderate overpronators from rolling. The upper protects against heat, cold, wind, and is resistant to water. The toe cap protects against debris in the road and the heel counter protects the ankle from rolling. The 12mm drop means extra padding in the heel, which protects the heels of runners with plantar fasciitis
The Zoot Coronado allows the foot to move easily and comfortably. The outsole uses the soft and bouncy ZFR rubber in the forefoot and has grooves for even more flexibility. In the midsole, the Z-Bound Midsole rebounds the foot into the air and the CarbonSpan+ technology improves toe-offs by stabilizing the midfoot and allowing the heel and forefoot to move freely and separately. Transitions are smooth. The upper is supportive enough to prevent rolling or sliding, yet flexible enough to allow runners to pick up speed. Testers enjoyed using this shoe for daily runs, long distance runs, and triathlons
This shoe supports the foot on all three levels. The outsole lifts the foot off the ground provides some support to the bottom of the foot. The midsole has CarbonSpan+ to support the midfoot. The Dual-Density Medial Support provides a stability level of arch support
, suitable for runners who need arch support and have a normal arch. The mesh and synthetic upper supports the top and sides of the foot, and the tongue, heel collar, and heel counter support the heel. Runners who need additional support can add a medical orthotic if necessary.
As a road running shoe, the Zoot Coronado has treads and flex grooves. This allows users to go on dirt or paved roads, paths, and gravel. The treads are not very deep, so highly technical trails are not recommended, although light trails are fine. The shoe does not have spikes to go on snowy or icy terrain. Many reviewers used the Coronado for triathlons, meaning this shoe works on a variety of surface types.
At full price, the Zoot Coronado is slightly more expensive than the average running shoe. It uses two kinds of durable rubber to improve durability in the outsole and two kinds of foam in the midsole for improved cushioning, responsiveness, and shock absorption. The Coronado also has stability features for overpronators and injury-prone runners. It was designed with runners with medium to heavy
frames in mind, while most shoes are for those with light to medium frames. If you need arch support or are a heavier runner, the Coronado might be worth the investment. Because the shoe has been out for a while, some retailers are offering the shoe for anywhere from 10% to 75% off depending on the size.
The Coronado has treads, which provide great traction on hard surfaces such as roads and paths. The softer ZFR rubber in the outsole allows runners to get great toe-offs, allowing them to pick up speed or run up or down hills without slipping or sliding. The shoe also gets good enough traction to use bicycle
pedals, as many runners have used the Coronado for triathlons. The shoe does not get good traction on heavy trails, snow, or ice because it does not have lugs or spikes.
The Zoot Coronado has a decent amount of flexibility, allowing runners to pick up speed and use it for daily runs, long distance runs, competitions, and triathlons. The outsole uses the softer and more flexible ZFR rubber in the forefoot to allow better spring in toe-offs. The flexible Z-Bound midsole moves with the foot, sinking in to cushion landings and springing back up during takeoffs. The mesh and overlays in the upper move with the foot as it goes forward or side to side. Taking away from flexibility are the stability features such as denser ZCR rubber, the arch support and heel counter.
The Coronado is a stability
shoe designed with runners with a medium to large frame in mind. It is able to be used by neutral runners, but the arch support helps mild to moderate over-pronators
and the stability of the shoe allows heavier runners to use it without worrying about rolling their ankles, collapsing their arches, or getting injured. The Dual-Density Medial Support stabilizes the midfoot to slow over-pronation. The heel counter stabilizes the back of the foot in order to prevent rolling or sliding.
Both versions of the Zoot Coronado have a 12mm drop. The men's shoe has a heel height of 26mm and a forefoot height of 14mm. The women's shoe has a 25mm heel height and a 13mm forefoot height. A 12mm drop has extra padding in the heel which promotes forward momentum and takes the strain off the Achilles tendon. It is especially good for runners with plantar fasciitis who need extra heel padding, as well as heel strikers who will hit the padding and then spring forward to the responsive area in the forefoot.
- ZCR rubber provides durability in high abrasion areas in the forefoot and heel
- ZFR rubber adds cushioning and durability to the forefoot
- Z-Bound Midsole absorbs shock and improves responsiveness
- Z-Bound Insole adds comfort and durability
- CarbonSpan+ supports the midfoot and improves toe-offs
- Dual-Density Medial Support stabilizes and supports the midfoot
- BareFit Internal Liner provides a comfortable fit
- No-Sew Construction prevents blisters and hot spots
- Open mesh provides great breathability
The Zoot Coronado is a good road running shoe. It has great durability and traction that allow runners to use it for long distance runs or as an everyday shoe. It is flexible and responsive enough to pick up speed for races, competitions, and triathlons. It is breathable, comfortable, water-resistant, and has a lot of cushioning. The shoe has great arch support for normal arches and stability in the midfoot and heel for neutral runners, mild to moderate overpronators, and medium to heavy runners. The shoe is above average price, but it has great stability and most retailers have sales because the shoe has been out for a while. Possible areas for improvement include more color choices, a less bulky design and adding wide or extra-wide sizes. In short, the Zoot Coronado is a great choice for overpronators or heavier-framed runners looking for a daily running or competition shoe.