The Zoot ALI’I is an astonishing shoe for several reasons. Firstly, it is stunning to look at, which makes you want to run in it. You either like or dislike Keith Tallet from Big Island’s style (does the Zoot brand find its DNA from Kona?) whatever the look it catches your eye! It’s fresh, colorful, the islands are just insight…
The second remarkable point is the Boa system, which is perfectly designed for triathletes: adjustment speed, practicality, adjustment precision for tightness and releasing, lightness, reliability, and speed for taking off the shoe.
We do wonder why more brands haven’t adopted this system – no doubt the extra cost from Boa…
The Zoot’s comfort is its most surprising feature considering how light the shoe is. The foam encases the foot almost giving you the feeling you’re wearing slippers. It is a real pleasure to wear daily, not only for sport. The ample toe box allows your swelling feet to be happily accommodated during long efforts. Despite this forefoot precision is still present. The rear foot comfort is also impressive and surprising because the Boa system is located here and the cable is concentrated in this zone.
The tightening system doesn’t reach the front of the shoe like a classic shoe yet the foothold is assured and the more you tighten the Boa system the more precise it becomes.
Sliding the shoe on takes skill, you need to open up the Boa system fully and lift the tongue. A small tab on the heel would ease entry. Pull on the Boa to open up the shoe wide.
Out on the trails the rear cushioning is very noticeable, a bit too much for our liking. If you have a heel strike the energy is immediately lost. For runners at the end of a long race it is probably welcome respite. For others it is better to run mid foot or forefoot. Here the stride is interesting with good rebound. Despite the lateral reinforcements we would have liked more stability in the sole: the cushioning is noticeable front to back but also left to right with a very soft sole in the heel region.
8 mm drop. A triathlon shoe for road running with limited grip, which is of course normal for this type of usage.
We used this equipment over a long period of time
These are our thoughts after intensive use:
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