Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Competition
Triathlon
Price
$100
Weight
M: 226g | W: 218g
Heel to toe drop
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
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 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Zoot’s enviable expertise in making shoes for sockless running shines with the Solana 2.

  • Comfort is greatly received from this model, according to most runners.

  • Transitions are smoother and effortless, based on the comments of a couple of testers.

  • Some runners really like the responsive cushioning of this shoe.

  • It has an affordable price.

  • A common observation from several runners is the shoe’s adequate traction on different surfaces, including light trails.

  • It is very flexible.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The biggest issue from several runners is the Solana 2’s tight toe box.

  • A few runners also wished for better arch support coming from this shoe.

Bottom line

The Zoot Solana 2 excels in many ways, notably due to its award-winning performance and quality. Despite a few issues regarding arch support and toe box, a majority of the runners really loved the way the shoe delivers tons of comfort, plush cushioning, and flexibility without compromising the shoe’s weight.



World wide, Solana 2 is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Zoot, is the 21st most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 987 shoes


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 25 ratings

5 star
72%
4 star
4%
3 star
16%
2 star
0%
1 star
8%

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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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87 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 84
    Running NorthwestLevel 3 expert
    by Running Northwest
    The shoe works very well, if just a bit narrow in the toe box.
  • 89
    Brian MetzlerLevel 5 expert
    by Running Competitor
    This shoe is for you if… you want a soft, maximally cushioned shoe for running in cold, wet, sloppy or even dry conditions.
  • 89
    Brian MetzlerLevel 4 expert
    by Triathlete
    It retains the luxurious blend of softness, snappy responsiveness and just enough inherent stability, making it a versatile, smooth-running everyday trainer with a little bit of kick to it.
  • 87
    Running CompetitorLevel 4 expert
    by Running Competitor
    This is a solid, well-made training shoe at any price, but at $100 it’s an amazing bargain.
  • 94
    Jeremy KrallLevel 3 expert
    by Running Northwest
    So now I understand all the hype that has been praised on these shoes from running magazines like Runners World and Competitor Magazine. These shoes are good straight out of the box and there is no break in time.
  • 80
    Jeremy KrallLevel 3 expert
    by Running Northwest
    It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, the performance is still fantastic, and it does exactly what the Solana did which delivers performance in a inexpensive and well-designed package.
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Updates to Solana 2

The 2nd version of the Solana features a more consistent and focused construction. It doesn’t use a lot of stitching and its fused overlay system doesn’t hold a lot of weight. The upper unit itself has a more open construction, with more breathability, comfort and responsiveness to its components.

The upper actually has a sock-like design that follows the contours of the foot. The internal lining fits and feels like a sock, so runners can wear the Solana 2 without putting on socks first. It retains the comfortable feeling of wearing a neutral shoe that has a breathable, responsive and non-irritating coverage.

The mid-sole unit of this running shoe makes use of a cushioning system that makes sure the natural stride is supported. It carries the foot responsibly and gives it a soft platform that’s protective against impact. The overall underfoot feel is soft, but robust.

The outsole unit features a durable rubber compound that’s placed in critical areas. It’s supportive, strong, and it doesn’t make a lot of noise because of its constant contact with the ground. Traction is still a definite part of this layer.

Solana 2 size and fit

The Zoot Solana 2 is true to its size. It comes in a variety of sizes that are just right for runners who need the exact measurement. It has a medium width when it comes to its heel and mid-foot sections. The lateral forefoot area is wider as it encourages the natural curvature of the front of the foot to acclimate well when wearing it.

Outsole

The outsole unit features a durable Carbon Rubber material that’s placed in its critical areas where wear and abrasion are most commonly observed. Its durable nature protects the rest of the sole unit from damage. It lasts long and it gives traction over the roads.

Flex grooves are placed in the forefoot area of the Zoot Solana 2. They let this section of the platform move naturally with the foot as it prepares itself for the toe-off. This freedom of movement is efficient and it gives a more agreeable performance.

Midsole

The Injected ZVA is a Zoot brand’s trademark EVA material. This mid-sole foam gives the foot protection from shock, which is essential when going through the gait cycle. Runners of all styles can appreciate this because it ultimately prevents discomfort or injury from inflicting them because of surface impact.

Them mid-sole cushioning unit also has bounce-back mechanics. It gives the foot a bit of bounce with each step. It doesn’t weigh the runner down, as well because it delivers a lightweight and an unimposing underfoot experience.

Upper

The upper unit makes use of an open mesh, which constantly delivers breathable, comfortable and constantly dry coverage. It seamlessly lets air into the shoe in order to keep the foot cool and free from moisture at all times.

An internal support cage works with the upper to give the foot a snug wrap. It doesn’t restrict the runner’s movements because the material is flexible and responsive.

The BareFit Internal Liner makes use of a seamless design and a next-to-skin feel that makes the foot more comfortable while inside the shoe. Its smooth surface negates any contact points, thus preventing blisters and any other injuries.


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