Verdict from 56 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • The internal liner and open mesh in the upper of the Zoot Carlsbad offers maximum breathability.
  • Most of the runners applauded the durability of this shoe.
  • The Z-Bound technology of the Carlsbad provides soft responsive feel under the foot as what most runners observed.
  • Several runners were satisfied with the shoe’s seamless internal fit, which is designed to eliminate blisters.
  • Majority of the reviews noted the comfortable construction of the Zoot Carlsbad.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviews took note of the limited color variations of the Carlsbad.
  • Slightly high-priced shoe.

Bottom line

The Zoot Carlsbad is a neutral running shoe that performs well on the road. The comfort, cushioning and durability of this shoe made it ideal for long-distance and short runs. This shoe is a great partner for daily trainings.

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Good to know

  • The Zoot Carlsbad features an updated upper construction. It provides maximum breathability and comfort. It keeps the foot well ventilated all throughout the run. The insole of the shoe gives added cushioning when needed and it comes with an internal support cage that provides midfoot support.
  • The cushioning of the Carlsbad is also updated. It comes with a responsive cushioning with soft underfoot feel. The dual density midsole attenuates shock on impact and has a solid energy rebound, reducing forefoot stress and fatigue.

The Carlsbad is available in standard running shoe length. The fit is narrow to medium in the forefoot, heel and midfoot area. The shoe gives a comfortable and snug fit for a wide range of runners. This is available in standard D and B widths for men’s and women’s versions respectively.

The outer sole uses the notable ZCR element that is strategically placed in the forefoot and heel area to give exceptional durability and protection against the damaging properties of the road. The ZBR element in the forefoot gives added cushioning and durability.

The midsole uses the brand’s Z-Bound+ midsole technology that delivers impressive cushioning and responsive underfoot feel. It reduces fatigue and stress especially on long runs. The CarbonSpan+ technology delivers added midfoot support and encourages dynamic toe-off.

The upper of the Zoot Carlsbad features an open mesh coverage that gives impressive fit and maximum breathability. The BareFit internal lining gives a sock-like feel and the insole gives added durability and cushioning when necessary. The internal support cage provides additional support in the midfoot.

How Carlsbad compares

This shoe: 80
All shoes average: 82
56 95
This shoe: £120
All shoes average: £120
£40 £280
This shoe: 283g
All shoes average: 269g
79g 437g
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.