Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Competition
Triathlon
Price
$110
Weight
M: 210g | W: 210g
Heel to toe drop
M: 6mm | W: 6mm
Heel height
M: 18mm | W: 18mm
Forefoot height
M: 12mm | W: 12mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • This shoe feels comfortable with or without socks, according to some reviews.

  • Many applauded the lightweight and comfortable construction of the Ultra Kiawe 2.0.

  • This shoe offers a smooth ride with impressive traction all throughout the every stride, according to several reviewers.

  • The BareFit internal liner that gives sock-like fit gained positive feedbacks from runners.

  • The ZVA technology of the Zoot Ultra Kiawe 2.0 offers dynamic shock absorption based on a handful of reviews.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that this shoe is too firm.

  • Limited color options.

Bottom line

Experience a great fitting and performance feel while running on this Zoot Ultra Kiawe 2.0. The lightweight and overall construction of this shoe helps the runner surpass the demands on a race day. Expect an ultimate performance from this neutral running shoe.



World wide, Ultra Kiawe 2.0 is in the bottom 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Zoot, is the 21st most popular.

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Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 19 ratings

5 star
79%
4 star
6%
3 star
10%
2 star
0%
1 star
5%

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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93 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 93
    Paul MooreLevel 1 expert
    by Triathlete Europe
    Drainage holes mean these shoes don’t hold water which helps with blister protection and means you’re not carrying any unnecessary weight. 
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  • Joe Shop Zappos
    This road racing flat is gonna be perfect for 5K to half-marathons.

Updates to Ultra Kiawe 2.0

The very minor modifications of the 2nd version of the Kiawe show Zoot’s reluctance to change something that has gained quite a following already. A closer look would show that the new version features a mesh with wider holes for enhanced breathability. Zoot also informs runners that this mesh is of better quality than the past version.

The second change is also very minimal; one that may go unnoticed by those who are not familiar with the Ultra Kiawe. There is now a slightly lower ankle collar in the Kiawe 2.0 to respond to past concerns regarding ankle rubbing or irritation. The update should enhance the comfortable feel while wearing this shoe.

Ultra Kiawe 2.0 size and fit

The fit and sizing of the Kiawe 2.0 are regular and resemble those of the original. This offers a sock-like fit that hugs the contours of the heel, midfoot, and forefoot. There is just enough room in the toe box for the toes to splay. Runners who want to wear socks may want to get a half a size up. Available widths are D and B while sizes are 7 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.

Outsole

The Zoot-exclusive ZCR is a sturdy carbon rubber located in the usual high-prone areas to limit wear and tear. Zoot also uses their own configuration of rubber treads called the ZPU to enhance the shoe’s grip on the track or road.

Midsole

The midsole is composed of industry grade EVA that Zoot proprietarily calls the ZVA. It spans the entire length of the shoe and provides decent cushioning and responsiveness. A carbon fiber shank is located in the midfoot to help with the toe off and to add torsional stability to the shoe.

Upper

The fit and feel of the Barefit Technology make sockless running an excellent option for the Ultra Kiawe 2.0. A Dri-Lex fabric basically covers the interior portion of the shoe for hygienic purposes and very plush next to skin feel. An Ultra Tri Sock liner adds comfort and cozy feel while the Z-Bound insole adds more responsive features. Zoot uses the Quick-Lace System in most of their triathlon shoes, including the Ultra Kiawe 2.0. The tongue loop and heel tab provide convenience when wearing or taking off the shoe.


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