Zoot has released a new triathlon shoe perfect for short and long course racing. The Makai is a neutral, comfortable shoe designed with triathlon in mind. At only 9 oz., it’s light but can support the foot on a sprint course or a full distance race.
A unique sole construction makes it comfortable for a variety of foot shapes. Zoot has used their trademark ZVA technology to support late-stage pronation. Additionally, special inserts at the heel ensure you get the best heel shock absorption possible. The midsole is firm but flexible with different degrees of cushioning. Zoot has used high traction carbon rubber at the heel area to make the Makai as resilient and durable as possible.
The shoe uses breathable mesh technology on the upper, a staple of any good racing shoe. According to Zoot, “Due to its great success in the world of triathlon, we have integrated the BareFit technology that provides you with ultimate comfort and a seamless internal fit even without socks.”
With two lacing options — Quicklace and traditional — athletes have the convenient option of saving time in T2. The lace locks of the Quicklace system allow triathletes to slide the shoe on and secure the laces without having to tie them.
“Makai”, meaning “towards the sea”, symbolizes Zoot’s headquarters moving to the beaches of California. The shoe’s aesthetic has a tropical feel inspired by the company’s birthplace and triathlon paradise, Hawaii.
The Zoot Makai will be available this month. Full review to come.
MRSP: $135 USD
From press release.