While Zoot makes excellent clothing and shoes for multisport athletes, Zoot Running has come out with a new line of apparel and footwear that caters specifically to runners, with some excellent products for summer.
The Zoot Del Mar is the company’s Neutral Trainer. Much beefier than many of Zoot’s triathlon specific shoes, the Del Mar provides plenty of cushion and protection for high mileage runners.
The upper uses Zoot’s BareFit internal liner. The “no-sew” construction ensures that there are no hot spots created by seams. The Z-Bound+ midsole provides shock absorption with less weight. The outsole is extremely durable, showing little wear after the first 100 miles of test runs.
The Del Mar rides like a Cadillac, with plenty of cush. While the Z-Bound outsole is meant to rebound energy, I didn’t find it as responsive as some of my less cushioned trainers.
What I liked about the shoe was the comfortable upper and the cushioning the shoe provides on longer runs. The Del Mar is a bit heavy at 10 ounces, but the comfort and protection are worth the extra weight, especially for marathon training. I use a lighter and more responsive shoe for tempo runs and the Del Mar for 10 to 20 milers.
Overall, the Zoot Del Mar is a great neutral trainer for high-mileage training. It’s available on-line for $140.
Zoot also provided a sampling of their summer apparel line for test. It was top notch. The Women’s Run Sunset Singlet is perfect for warm weather or indoor runs. The Swift micro-stretch fabric is soft and provides excellent moisture management. The IceFil technology of the fabric is meant to provide 3.5°F of cooling while the Xylitol yarn is supposed to offer an additional 2°F of cooling. On hot runs I naturally heat up, and it’s a bit difficult for me to tell the difference between this and another lightweight singlet, but maybe that’s just me. The Run Sunset Singlet fits well without being too tight.
The Zoot Women’s Run Sunset Singlet is available on-line for $38.
The Women’s Run 101 3” short is both comfortable and flattering. The Yoga-style waistband gives the shorts a cute and stylish fit. The shorts are slightly longer in the back to offer a little more coverage where it counts. The zippered storage pocket in the back is large enough for a gel or a key, but stuffing a phone in might be a stretch (literally). Also, the shorts are so lightweight that the addition of a phone might pull them down. The Icefil liner is so thin you can barely feel it’s there at all. There shorts also come in fun, bright colors and prints (specifically the Pacific Camo Palm).
The Zoot Women’s 101 3” short is available on-line for $45.