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Triathlete’s Summer 2012 Running Shoe Review

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Jul 5, 2012
  • Updated Dec 17, 2012 at 4:09 PM UTC


Zoot Ultra TT 5.0
Zootsports.com | 8.6 oz | $140

Fit | The elastic upper snugs right up against the foot, from heel to toe. “It constantly pressed against my mid-foot but never created a single pressure point,” said a tester. The forefoot is fairly narrow and the heel cup creates a reliable yet forgiving bond with the foot.

Feel | The elastic upper is lined with a smooth, truly seamless piece of fabric that dries and softly cradles the foot. The price for the quick-closure upper is a little added tightness on the foot. “I felt surprisingly well-connected to the sole, but the squeeze on my foot was noticeable,” described one tester.

Ride | Combining the snappy feel of a race flat with an unwavering foundation beneath an exhausted runner is difficult, but the Ultra TT 5.0 reaches that goal. A tester raved, “The hard sole drives through each stride and forcefully skips off the ground,” yet the shoe still provides a stable platform for legs that are wobbly after a hard ride.

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