But the zanal is different. With a 22 to 18 millimeter stack of responsive and dependable pro fly, midsole it’s a low profile. Super grippy trail shoe that will work in the variety of scenarios and brings back fond memories of one of my original hoka faves. The hoka zanal features a simple, uninterrupted mesh upper with minimal overlays, combined with a reduced layer of profly midsole all piled on pods of reputable vibram mega grip outsole. This combo makes the zanal a new favorite of mine for any distance under 20 miles. It’S fast it’s, comfortable it’s, light it’s easy to get along with the zanal is a fun deviation from the mega stack hoka is known for, but at 160 dollars i told you it was spicy. Is the zanal doing enough to justify a price like that let’s dive? In what is up everybody ethan newberry, the ginger runner here for another ginger runner review. I hope your summer is off to a great start. Guess what it’s been hot here so maybe it’s where you are too being that at summer i thought it was only fitting that i break out the dennis nedry chunk from goonies shirt. I do really like it all right. Let’S get into today’s review so we’re talking about this brand new shoe from hoka one it’s called the zanal it’s blue and orange, and black and it’s fun. I am legitimately excited about this shoe and i can’t wait to talk about it.
As with all of my reviews, of course, i have to point out at the very top that these were provided for review by hoka onone i’m under no obligation to say anything whatsoever about the shoe. No one has to approve this review or receive my talking points or any of that. I am also not financially compensated for anything in this review. It’S all my opinions, it’s all my thoughts it’s on my video and you are the first to see it well done. As you know, we talk about the things i like and dislike about all the products i review on this channel. So now is no different. Let’S start with the things that i like light and zippy. These shoes at 272 grams are on the lighter end of the spectrum. They also just feel really fast, because that pro fly is a little bit thinner, 22 and 18 millimeters, respectively, from heel to toe uh. They feel lower to the ground. They feel more responsive, they’re. Definitely catered to those faster efforts and and they’re really really fun. The proflight dual density is just enough of what makes hokas great, so it does have a little bit of that. Cushioning the dussel helps the zonal, be a capable shoe for various distances and surfaces, while some other hoka shoes tend to be big and clunky uh. These are, on the other end of the spectrum, more towards the torrent too, but even lighter and more responsive than those, since they have a lower stack simplicity.
So this is something i really like about. The zonal it’s, like hoka, went to the drawing board and looked at the shoes that are really successful uh. What makes them successful and how could they take those elements and distill it down into its rawest simplest form? So what you end up getting is this engineered mesh, just one piece very minimal, welded overlays across the top, you have a little bit of a toe guard and a single seam cover there. The tongue is gusseted, which i love. You have the profly midsole and you have some vibram outsole pod elements. It really is just a simple platform, and i like that there’s, not a lot of gimmick here. It really is just about going fast, staying low, getting good grip and being comfortable uh across the foot that simplicity, uh, knocks this one out of the park and finally hybrid so uh. You know we talk from time to time about uh door to trail type, shoes, shoes that are capable of running on harder surfaces like concrete pavement, gravel trails and then transition to the more rugged, more technical trails or single track. This shoe is up there. It is a really good option if you’re looking for a shoe to kind of do it all. The vibram lugs are short about four millimeters there’s plenty of them, so they don’t get in the way or they don’t feel uncomfortable under the foot. If you’re on concrete or asphalt, but they are long enough, where you do get some good off road grip, just all around it’s, just a really accommodating shoe and will work for a variety of situations, and so when you’re talking about hybrid shoes.
This is one of those that i am really digging. I ran in them today from our door to a trail, and that is exactly the use case. I find the most joy out of the shoe so yeah a lot of fun. That being said, it’s not all otter, pops and strawberry shortcake. There are a couple of things that i dislike about: the hookah une hones and now let’s get to those cost. I have to point this out: it’s 159 shoe. That is a lot for a shoe. That is reduced in every definition of the word, not only in stack but in the amount of upper materials there’s just very little to the shoe it’s, a great shoe but it’s an expensive shoe. So that to me is my biggest dislike. I could shout from the rooftops how much i like this shoe and how much i think, it’s a great trail shoe and great for distances under 20 miles, but when it’s at 160 dollars it’s a lot and durability so while i’m not experiencing major durability issues at This point about 70 to 75 miles in the shoe. I do foresee it being the main issue that people will have with the shoe the more miles they put on it. So if you get up to 200 300 miles on the shoe i can see where and how it could potentially break down. The simplicity that i talked about earlier could be this shoe’s achilles heel.
We don’t have a lot of welded overlays on the upper, so we have one mesh that could break down if you get it really dirty and that friction begins to build up. You’Re gon na have breakdown in the upper uh, the potted outsole, the vibram that’s. Pretty much where most of the durability is gon na lie. You have a lot of the exposed pro fly material that stuff tends to break down the more miles you put onto it and with the 2218 stack you don’t have a lot of profly underfoot, so you don’t have a lot of compensation for when that begins to Flatten out again, right now, not necessarily an issue for me, but i can see where this shoe might potentially have durability issues for you, but that is it for dislikes, so let’s get deeper uh in the breakdown. Where i talk about five different criteria, build quality, comfort, fit price and looks starting with build quality. I think the shoe uh is built really great right out of the box. You’Re gon na have a lot of fun right out of the box. You’Re gon na enjoy those miles. I do foresee durability being an issue, but i do like the simplicity of this build, i think it’s a just a great combo of a good mesh, a comfortable mesh, a comfortable platform with the pro fly and plenty of grip and minimal lugs on the outsole. So you’re getting everything that you want in a trail running package as well as a hybrid shoe package built up pretty well, it just might break down a little bit earlier than you’d.
Have comfort, it’s got it. So i i didn’t know how comfortable this shoe would be, especially with the lower stack, but when it comes to hoka shoes and the profly midsole, it is comfortable, it’s, responsive, it’s, fast and zippy. Just enough protection just enough cushioning plenty of grip and the gusseted tongue and the lacing system up top they work for me and for me it is an accommodating shoe, has a roomier toe box, which of course, i’m always a fan of fit, not super precision. So you’re not going to be getting any of that precision fit that you’re getting from like solomon sense, pro solomon sense, ultra some of the new north face vective shoes have a real nice precision, fit you’re, not really going to get that here. But you are going to get a more accommodating a little bit, stretchier a little bit more comfortable, shoe honestly, it’s, really reminiscent of the rincon and a little bit of the torrent, and it really has those old homages to the huaca, which i loved from the early Days of hoka, but with a more accommodating toe box up front, which is a huge get price, obviously my biggest dislike 159 right around 160 bucks uh. That is a really high price point for a shoe that i can imagine getting a couple hundred miles out of and you’re going to be using for shorter distances with less materials less mesh. You know all that stuff in combination for an expensive shoe.
It was a surprise for me and it’s, probably the biggest detriment and finally looks i’ve gotten. Actually a ton of compliments on this shoe, which is weird like sometimes people like what are those and all that stuff. This shoe got a lot of comments from people. I really like it. I think this blue orange, with some darker and lighter highlights, is fun and bold. Um i’m here for it summer 2021 the zanal man i’m, just hitting it out of the park, bringing us to our conclusion. I love this now um. I think it’s a great shoe i’m having a ton of fun in it, and it’s really worked in a variety of situations for me, anywhere from 10, 15, 20 miles i’m. Having a great time in it, you know if you’re trying to break speed records or you’re trying to do an up tempo type run, there might be better shoes suited for those type of workouts, but when you’re looking for a shoe, that kind of does it all. In that distance range from road to trail man, this is this is definitely a hit. The fact that this has strong, huaka vibes with a better fit is just icing on the pro fly cake. The biggest problem ultimately is going to come down to price when the similarly designed, yet maybe more stack underfoot. Torrent 2 is priced at 120. A 40 decrease. I just can’t justify the 160 dollar price tag for the xanal, which is a bummer, because i prefer this over the torrent, but by 40 bucks.
I can’t say that i do oh, but man i like it. I, like you, i do bringing us to our final criteria. Is the hoka, onee ones and al a buy, try or a? Why uh, i would say, buy, but you got ta take out a loan um i’m gon na say: try it’s a heavy try, because i do really like the shoe. I think it’s a lot of fun. Uh it’s one of those shoes that i’m going to be running, hopefully a lot more miles in. I will report back on how long this thing lasts. I have a feeling it’s going to be in rotation for a while, especially through these summer months i’m going to be getting it super dirty well dirtier. It smells terrible, uh. So i’ll report back maybe in the comments of this video, which actually turns us to our final question to you in the comments of this video. Let us know if it’s a shoe that you might pick up or, if you’re, even interested in it uh, but that my friends is it for today’s review. If you liked it like favorite subscribe to the channel, all that good stuff social media links the whole doobily. Do we have some amazing stuff happening with the gr crew right now, we’re doing daily live streams, trivia nights book clubs, all sorts of good stuff? If you’d like to support everything that happens on this channel, but also be a part of a global community running community athletes from around the globe, just doing awesome things and supporting each other in the process, please consider joining us on patreon.
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