Zoot Laguna ReviewApril 28, 2016
- Lightweight makes a faster feeling shoe
- Easy to get up on toes to push-off
- Runs a bit narrow and small
- Very little support and stability
- Lacks forefoot cushioning
Popular among triathletes, the Zoot Laguna is more lightweight trainer then comfort stability. There was very little in the way of support and stability. A tight fit and odd construction characterized the Laguna and made it a shoe quick to take off. The lack of support made it a flexible shoe, which ended up increasing responsiveness and speed.
Classified as a stability shoe, the Zoot Laguna offers Zoot’s highest level of cushioning, the Zbound+ midsole. A BareFit sock liner and engineered mesh upper is designed to keep moisture away while assuring comfort.
If it weren’t for the tight fit, the Zoot Laguna would be an extremely comfortable shoe. While the single layer mesh upper and BareFit sock liner is extremely comfortable it was a bit restricting. The midsole is soft and as one tester noted, the cushion in this shoe is nice, softer then the Pearl Izumi, but not as smooth from heel to toe as the 361 or Saucony Hurricane.
You’ll probably want to try the Laguna’s on first, as all our testers agreed they ran small and narrow so much that one tester noted she would have liked to try a half size smaller. The toe box was overly tight to the point I felt my circulation being constricted. Beyond the toe box the upper was comfortable and seemed to secure my feet well with a great fitting heel counter.
If you find yourself needing to step on the gas a bit, the Zoot Laguna is quick to respond. A soft and flexible forefoot foam makes it easy to transition up onto your toes. It wasn’t the most responsive shoe tested, but all our testers agreed the Laguna wasn’t only meant for slow running.
In terms of speed capabilities, the Laguna is well equipped to handle a wide variety of paces. The flexible forefoot and overall lightweight made it easy to run fast. It’s not the fastest shoe of the test, but certainly above average.
A soft and flexible forefoot gives the Laguna a minimal-like shoe feel verses a comfort shoe. While there is plenty of cushioning under the heel the flexible forefoot is much more pronounced. It was very easy to get good push off from your toes from a smooth transition from the heel.