Zoot Sports, a brand known for triathlon gear and its surf-oriented Southern California style, continues to make running shoes for the heartland. The second edition of this easy-riding neutral trainer is even better than the award-winning original. The biggest changes are its updated heel construction that secures the foot better and a new, more breathable and flexible upper that helps create a snazzier fit. It retains the luxurious blend of softness, snappy responsiveness and just enough inherent stability from the injection-molded midsole, making it a versatile, smooth-running everyday trainer with a little bit of kick to it. It has a plush, seamless interior that will tempt you to wear it barefoot—and then you might never wear socks again!
It wasn’t so long ago that $100 was in the mid-range of running shoe prices, but the Solana 2 proves that you don’t need to break the bank to get a dependable training shoe. Don’t get the idea that a $100 is made from inferior materials; it’s not. This is a solid, well-made training shoe at any price, but at $100 it’s an amazing bargain.
This is the shoe for you if … you’re looking for a reliable neutral shoe that’s capable of high-mileage training with enough versatility to execute some faster workouts.
Weights: 9.5 oz. (men’s), 8.5 oz. (women’s)
Heel-toe offset: 8mm; 28mm (heel), 20mm (forefoot)