Summary

We spent 9.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

4 reasons to buy

  • This shoe features a lightweight fabric upper that is flexible and breathable.
  • The Zoot Ultra Kane 3.0 uses the Z-Bound technology that aims to rebound the runner’s energy in order to reduce foot fatigue and stress.
  • Some runners took note of the added cushioning on the 3rd version of the Ultra Kane.
  • Many gave positive feedbacks on the overall construction and design of the shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that this shoe is too narrow and too tight for them.
  • It is a bit uncomfortable in the heel, according to some reviews.
  • Slightly expensive.

Bottom line

Achieve a stronger, faster and longer run with the Zoot Ultra Kane 3.0. This version offers added cushioning, arch support, solid traction, and promotes a smoother ride. This shoe is great for long distance runs and daily training.

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Rankings

Among the better Road running shoes
A top rated Zoot running shoe
It has never been more popular than this May

Expert Reviews

88 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 | Tri Gear Reviews | Level 1 expert

    Ideally this shoe should be used as a high mileage trainer. However for me it has been more pratical to wear them every day and run in them as well. 

  • 89 / 100 | Runner's World | | Level 1 expert

    Given its weight, the Kane was a super-comfortable shoe.

  • 83 / 100 | Runner's World | | Level 1 expert

    I liked how the shoe conformed to my foot, but it needed more cushioning.

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  • The 3rd installment of the Ultra Kane series features a very substantial change in the upper. From the traditional upper, the new shoe offers a one piece version of very soft fabric that truly adapts to the natural shape of the runner’s foot.
  • This new upper works hand in hand with a new asymmetrical lacing for the best and most personalized fit.
  • From that fine and soft fabric, a new mesh with bigger holes occupies the midfoot and the heel. This enhances the breathability of the shoe and adds more structure.
  • The heel is not as structured as before and sits a bit lower than the past version. This update is keeping with the theme of more flexibility and adaptability in the upper. The new heel support still holds the foot reasonably well.

The Ultra Kane 3.0’s fit and sizing are very much the same as the prior version. This fit has ample room in the heel and forefoot with a very snug midfoot. Based on industry standards, this is an average fit. The toe box is also a bit more generous than the other Zoot triathlon shoes. 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 almost full-contact outsole is blanketed by the extremely durable ZCR or Zoot’s own carbon rubber. This is the kind of rubber Zoot never fails to use in the outsole of their shoes because of its long-lasting protection against wear and tear.


The midsole of this Zoot running shoe offers an extremely light and very responsive foam that is exclusive to Zoot. Called the Z-Bound foam, this is lighter than industry grade EVA, incredibly resilient, and spans the entire length of the midsole. Zoot’s patented CarbonSpan+ carbon fiber is located on the sole and helps with torsional stability and smoother transitions. Included in this part is a multi-density foam that effectively holds off overpronation.


The main soft fabric is adequately breathable while the regular mesh in the midfoot and heel are proven when it comes to shoe ventilation. An asymmetrical lacing works in connection with the overlays to give a very secure and precise fit. The Barefit Technology in the upper gives an extremely comfortable feel when worn without socks. Zoot lines the Ultra Kane 3.0 with Dri-Lex antimicrobial SmartSilver Fabric. More than enhancing the plush feel, it also fights odor and sweat. Part of the shoe’s interior is an insole for added comfort and fit. A tongue loop and a heel tab, make foot entry and exit effortless.

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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