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Zoot Ultra Speed Shoe 2011

March 4, 2011

Extra light and brilliantly colored, this year’s Ultra Speed Shoe has an updated color of blue and yellow that screams fast transition and run!

Zoot Ultra Speed 2011

Upon putting on the shoe, it reminded me of the Zoot Ultra Kalani that I bought over half a year ago as a run trainer – it has both the heel and tongue pull tab that aids in fast entry and exit. A person new to this shoe would notice that unlike traditional run shoes, there’s no tongue and and laces.

Sockless Wear

I went for a quick 2 mile run with these shoes without socks just to see if it would feel any different from my Kalanis. With those, I’ve been known to almost always go sockless, just to limit the number of socks I’ll have to wash during the week. The verdict?

The TekSheen and DryFit material is just as effective and comfortable as my Kalanis.  I never had an issue with any odors yet with my other pair of shoes.  This just goes to show how far the technology in shoes have come.  Suffice it to say that the result of sockless wear in the 6th grade wasn’t the same.

 

Weight and Feel During the Run

Weighing in only at a mere 6.9 ounces, there’s no question that this is an extremely light running race shoe.  As someone with a more built frame, my run made it clear that this shoe would probably be most effective in the half and below distance races.  I wouldn’t recommend using these to train in, as they’ll end up taking a beating.

As a disclaimer, I’m a mid-foot, fore foot striker.  The 10mm heel to toe differential was fine, and my form pretty much felt the same during the run.

 

It Turns Heads

Not sure if there’s too much to say here, other than the fact that the color scheme here is pretty rocking.  I wasn’t particularly a fan of the black and yellow from last year, but the blue and yellow offers something really refreshing.

 

The Specs

Sizes: 8-12, 13, 14 | Color: Classic Blue/Black/Pure Yellow | Weight: 6.9 oz./195g | Midsole: 17mm/7mm

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