Verdict from 4 experts and 53 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The Zoot Solana ACR is using a waterproof membrane for better wet and cold resistance.
  • The Solana ACR lighter than many of the other waterproofed shoes on the market.
  • Responsive cushioning is something that can be found in this shoe, according to some runners.
  • Traction is superb, regardless of the conditions, based on the observations of a handful of runners.
  • Most runners noted the tons of comfort provided by the shoe.
  • Durability is considered by many as its best asset.
  • The price is a bit cheaper than some options with the same weatherproof features.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Solana ACR’s breathability is compromised by the waterproof membrane, based on the remark of several runners.
  • A few runners were let down by the tight toe box.

Bottom line

The Solana ACR is Zoot’s way of incorporating a waterproofing membrane to allow a run for all seasons. While it excels in performing its task, the breathability is somewhat compromised. Other than slight issues with ventilation, this remains a shoe that runners can desire as it has good arch support, durable components, and an overall comfortable design. No less than an award from the esteemed Runner’s World is proof of this shoe’s amazing performance and quality.

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Good to know

  • The Solana ACR features the Zoot injected ZVA, a midsole compound that delivers maximum cushioning without giving too much weight. This midsole compound provides excellent shock absorption and solid rebound for a lightweight feel and smooth heel-to-toe transiton.
  • The upper coverage is made from closed-cell mesh and has a weather-resistant properties, protecting the feet against unforgiving winter elements and delivering maximum comfort while running on both cold and warm conditions.
  • The Zoot Solana ACR has impressive gripping lugs that allow runners to stay on the road even on wet conditions.

The Solana ACR is true to its size. The heel and the midfoot areas are of standard measurements. The forefoot is a bit narrow but it gives enough space for toe splay if you are wearing a thin sock. This shoe fits well to those with narrow and normal foot shape. This shoe is available in standard widths.

The outsole of this Zoot running shoe has a flat underside. However, it has aggressive lugs that enhance the grip while running on wet condition. These lugs are highly reliable, keeping your foot on the road and finish the entire run.

This shoe delivers a lightweight ride and smoother heel-to-toe transition thought its brand’s injected ZVA midsole. This midsole element offers enough cushioning and absorbs shock on impact and delivers a solid rebound during toe-offs.

The upper of the Zoot Solana ACR features that closed-cell mesh upper that keeps foot protected and breathable. It offers water-resistant protection against the harsh winter element. The shoe has a seamless construction and uses the brand’s BareFit Technology. It delivers maximum comfort while keeping the foot protected from possible irritation and blistering.

How Solana ACR compares

This shoe: 81
All shoes average: 82
57 93
This shoe: $110
All shoes average: $120
$40 $300
This shoe: 9oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 15.4oz
Author
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.

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