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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
Weight
Men: 10.9oz
Women: 9oz
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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 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The upper is very breathable and flexible as stated in some reviews.
  • Compared to the older version, the Ultra Kalani 3.0 offers a more cushioned support.
  • Most runners applauded the Carbon Span+ technology for effortless toe-off.
  • The asymmetrical lacing system of this shoe that matches the shape of the foot gained good impression from several runners.
  • The newer version is much lighter and durable.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Many were disappointed by the fit of this shoe because of the materials used.
  • Size runs small.
  • Slightly priced shoe.

Bottom line

The Zoot Ultra Kalani 3.0 will never disappoint when used for long-distance runs. This version of the Ultra Kalani is much lighter with more cushioned support. This stability shoe is best used on the roads and also as a good daily trainer.


Rankings

Best rated Zoot running shoes:

Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 94 ratings

5 star
59%
4 star
10%
3 star
18%
2 star
3%
1 star
10%

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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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89 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Zachary Rodasti • Level 3 expert

    The Zoot Ultra Kalani is a great choice for triathletes and long distance runners alike; the neutral cushioning provides a great mix of comfort and balance without piling on the weight.

  • 89 / 100 by Triathlete Europe • Triathlete Europe • Level 2 expert

    Inside the shoe there are no nasty protrusions or uncomfortable seams, so you can wear these with or without socks.

  • 90 / 100 by Runner's World • Michael Vasquez • Level 1 expert

    The upper is very breathable and flexible, like a one-piece sock. It hugged my foot just right.

  • 82 / 100 by Runner's World • Paul Baumhoefner • Level 1 expert

    The shoe seems a little tight. I possibly could have used a slightly wider version. Loosening the laces did provide some relief, though.

  • 81 / 100 by Runner's World • Gary Maier • Level 1 expert

    They were a little tight, maybe because of the material. You need a half size up if you’re going to wear socks.

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Updates to Zoot Ultra Kalani 3.0

  • Zoot is making the Ultra Kalani 3.0 more versatile by offering a slightly softer cushioning. While the shoe is previously designed for racing or speed sessions, the added cushioning makes it a doable high-mileage training partner.
  • Because of the materials being used and the compressed upper, the 3rd edition of the Kalani weighs lighter than the previous model. Added cushioning without adding weight is something that should translate to improved performance on the road.
  • The more visible update happens to be the mesh, which is lighter and softer with lesser stitches. This helps the entire upper adapt to the runner’s foot and lessens the risk of irritations.
  • The heel support goes a tad higher in the Zoot Kalani 3.0. As it now sits higher, Zoot compensates by making it a bit softer to avoid hot spots. This update still holds the heel very well and enhances the comfort in this area.

Zoot Ultra Kalani 3.0 size and fit

The shoe is marketed as standard when it comes to fit and sizing. However, it runs a bit smaller than the past version, which could entail adjustments for those who want more space in the forefoot and toe box. The heel is just about right while the midfoot is perfect. Available widths are D and B while sizes are from 7 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.

Outsole

The outsole is mostly covered in Zoot’s own version of a tough carbon rubber. This type of outsole rubber is proven in providing a long-lasting performance.

Midsole

The full-length Z-Bound midsole foam, which is light as a feather, extremely resilient, and delivers superior responsiveness is the star technology in this area. Working together with the Z-Bound is the patented CarbonSpan+ or carbon fiber on the sole of the shoe for torsional stability and powerful takeoffs. This technology also helps the shoe to reduce weight as no added foam or outsole rubber is needed for a stable platform.

Upper

The upper features the Zoot technology called UltraFit. This is a stretchy mesh material that provides adequate breathability and adapts extremely well to the foot. An added bonus is the upper’s ability to keep off debris. The seamless and soft interior makes sockless running such an enjoyable experience in this shoe. An asymmetrical lacing works with the compressible upper for the best fit. Loops in the tongue and the heel make entry and exit very convenient.