Verdict from 6 experts and +100 user reviews

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.

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Good to know

  • 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.

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.

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. This outsole configuration is the same as the Zoot Makai running shoe.

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.

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.

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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