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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
$125
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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 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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Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 43 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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88 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 by Tri Gear Reviews • 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 by Runner's World • Michelle Klingler • Level 1 expert

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

  • 83 / 100 by Runner's World • Loida Morrison • Level 1 expert

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

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Updates to Zoot Ultra Kane 3.0

  • 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.

Zoot Ultra Kane 3.0 size and fit

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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

The midsole 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.


Upper

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.