Zoot Ultra Kalani 3.0
Zoot, born in Kona, Hawaii, has grown from a company that produced triathlon clothing into a head to toe solution for multi-sport athletes. Beginning in 1983, their exclusive focus on the padded shorts and swim fabrics for triathletes has evolved into a global company distributing to 22 countries and being the first Triathlon Specific Footwear Line. Within that line, we find the Zoot Ultra Kalani 3.0.
This shoe itself has a lightweight, natural cushion. Because it is a triathlon shoe, it is comfortable on all terrain types and is stable. The triathlon attributes built into the shoe design carry over into distance running, making this model great for higher mileage runs. The UltraFit upper, designed exclusively by Zoot, has a glove-like fit that can be worn with socks or without. The stiff carbon fiber plate runs through the midsole for increased stability, and the CarbonSpan+ gives a firm base for push off. The convenience of the design, as well as the solid construction, makes for a high performing multi-sport shoe that works for triathlons and endurance runs alike.
- Glove-like upper
- Versatile terrain
- Neutral cushion gives a smooth, fast ride
- CarbonSpan+ is a firm base
- Colorful, stylish appearance
- The snug upper may feel small
- Narrow toe box
The keyhole pull on the tongue and the heel loop are designed for a fast transition, letting the runner pull the shoe on without spending any extra time on the laces. Asymmetrical lacing matches the asymmetrical shape of the foot encouraging the sensation of the shoe being molded completely to the individual with or without socks.
The UltraFit upper on the Ultra Kalani 3.0 has a glove-like fit due to the mesh and synthetic overlays. The shoe is made with a one-piece construct to help reduce any seam rubbing. Adding to the fit of the shoe is the asymmetrical laces and design. The BareFit technology that constructs the inner shoe is comfortable enough for the runner to go sockless for longer distances.
It should be noted that these shoes may blister at the heel but adjustments can be made to reduce friction, such as tightening the laces or using a different lacing method. Also, because of the snug fit, some runners choose to size up on this model.
The snug fit of the upper and the synthetic overlays keep dirt and debris out of the shoe and reduce friction associated with blisters and foot irritation. For triathletes, having the tongue keyhole and heel loop makes for an easier transition associated with lacing and slipping these on in a hurry.
• UltraFit design, mesh, synthetic upper
• Tongue keyhole and heel-pull
• Smooth, fast ride
• Z-bound insole and CarbonSpan+ outsole
This shoe does not disappoint. The Zoot Ultra Kalani 3.0 is the culmination of each shoe that Zoot has introduced before it and will continue to be a basis for growth. The CarbonSpan+ base will be kept as a solid outsole to build on and the UltraFit upper will continue to be adjusted for comfort and ease of use.
This shoe has evolved from a simple triathlon shoe to a long distance, endurance running shoe because of the comfort that Zoot has carried over from its apparel to its performance footwear. Beginning with triathlon courses, the Kalani 3.0 is also friendly on many diverse terrains, leaving its uses up for interpretation. For a smooth, fast run, this shoe is a perfect choice.