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Terrain

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.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

Price
$120
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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 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • It is a triathlon-specific shoe that superbly shines in road competition as well.
  • Most runners appreciated the Ovwa 2’s versatility as a shoe for the roads and light trails.
  • It has a lightweight nature.
  • Comfort is received while wearing it without socks.
  • Many runners coveted the shoe’s capability for smooth transitions.
  • The cushioning is noticeable and plush without sapping the runner’s energy, based on the observation of a few testers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Zoot Ovwa 2.0 is slightly more expensive than some of its competitors.
  • Some runners wanted better flexibility in this shoe.

Bottom line

Runners or tri-athletes will find it hard to look for another shoe that can take on marathon racing or high-mileage training sessions with equal aplomb. The Ovwa 2.0 from Zoot stands out because it has great cushioning, enough arch support for moderate over-pronators, and excellent comfort with every step of the way.


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Ratings

4 / 5 based on 37 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 by Men's Health • Men's Health • Level 4 expert

    It’s a lightweight stability shoe meant for slight overpronators, but doesn’t feel like one.

  • 89 / 100 by Tri Sports • Tom Demerly • Level 1 expert

    I had no issue with the higher heel tab design, but some people did experience achilles area rubbing. The Ultra Ovwa uses a lower profile heel tab that avoids this potential issue.

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Updates to Zoot Ovwa 2.0

  • The similarities between the original Ovwa and the Ovwa 2.0 may be apparent, but their differences can also be appreciated. In the newer version, Zoot has made the construction stronger and the components more durable. The upper has a lower volume than its predecessor, but the mesh is stronger yet breathable.
  • This running shoe doesn’t use an easy-lace system, which was prominent in the previous version. The traditional lacing doesn’t affect the overall quality or the upper security because it’s still efficient.
  • The tongue and the collar remain to be a single unit, but the Ovwa 2.0’s tongue faces upward, thus adding more support to the lower leg, rather that rubbing against it.
  • The sole unit is as supportive and responsive as ever, but the flex grooves are much more appreciable this time around. The natural flexibility of the forefoot area is greatly encouraged in this shoe, so it delivers smoother and more effective toe-offs.

Zoot Ovwa 2.0 size and fit

The Zoot Ovwa 2.0 has a standard running shoe length. It is available in sizes that follow the regular preferences of runners. It has a medium-to-narrow width when it comes to its heel, mid-foot and forefoot sections, and its overall volume is low, so those with narrow or medium foot-dimensions are the ones who are going to acclimate most to this shoe.


Outsole

The outsole unit makes use of carbon rubber. It’s placed in critical areas of this running shoe, so that it can protect the entire sole unit from wear and abrasion. It’s durable and doesn’t tear off quickly.

Flex Grooves are placed in the forefoot area. They aren’t a lot in number, but they’re prominent and deep enough to fully let the forefoot section of the foot to naturally go through the stride without problems.


Midsole

The mid-sole unit makes use of a Dual Density ZVA. While part of this foam is soft and responsive, another layer is actually higher in density and it’s located in the mid-foot section. The high density foam cradles the arch and reduces the rate of over pronation.

The Z-Bound is a lightweight layer of foam that runs from the mid-foot to the forefoot of the 2nd version of the Ovwa. It gives energy back to the runner and encourages better toe-offs.

The Carbon Span is a unit that’s placed under the mid-foot. It resists torsional flex, so each step from the heel to the toe is much more cohesive and consistent. Forward momentum is encouraged, but the forefoot doesn’t succumb to strain because of this supportive unit.


Upper

The BareFit is a comfortable and secure upper covering that keeps the foot well-supported at all times. It features the Dri-Lex fabric, a technology that wicks off moisture and gets rid of odor. It’s even soft, so it allows the runner to wear the Zoot Ovwa 2.0 without socks.

The Tri-Dry is a set of drainage holes that drain excess water from the interior and keeps air flowing, thus keeping it dry and cool.

The Ultra Tri Sock Liner is an added layer of cushioning that rests just above the main mid-sole unit. It’s perforated, so it encourages more breathability and it even helps in keeping water from the platform.