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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.
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WeightMen: 10.9ozWomen: 9oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 25mmWomen: 25mm
Forefoot heightMen: 15mmWomen: 15mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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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.
Inside the shoe there are no nasty protrusions or uncomfortable seams, so you can wear these with or without socks.
The upper is very breathable and flexible, like a one-piece sock. It hugged my foot just right.
The shoe seems a little tight. I possibly could have used a slightly wider version. Loosening the laces did provide some relief, though.
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.
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.
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.
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.