Zoot Ultra Kalani–($140)

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Dec. 8, 2010

2010 Winter Running Shoe Review

The word that comes to mind when you slip on these lightweight, neutral training shoes is “sock-like.” Thanks to a supple and stretchy seamless upper, the Kalani can be worn sockless; and it hugs the foot well enough and yet without constriction, making the laces almost seem superfluous. Our test team found the forefoot fit on the narrow side and enjoyed the high-mileage comfort and lightweight performance enough that they recommended the Kalani as a possible racer for efficient runners.

Tester’s Take: “The sock-like upper made them feel more like an extension of my foot than a shoe.”

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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