Available February 2015 – MSRP $130.00
The Saucony Zealot is a low weight, low offset, premium cushioned running shoe.
- Stack Height: 28mm Heel, 24mm Forefoot, 4mm offset
- Weight: 8.3 oz (Men’s size 9.0), 7.4 oz (Women’s size 8.0)
- HOKA ONE ONE Huaka – MSRP $150
- New Balance 980 – MSRP $110
What makes the Saucony Zealot relevant?
When the minimalist movement began to catch on, Saucony introduced the Kinvara, a not-quite-minimal shoe that weighed under 8.0 oz. Adopted by serious runners seeking a more natural foot position without the extreme nature of a true minimal shoe, the Kinvara delivered a rare combination of a lightweight, semi-soft ride with exceptional energy return. The Kinvara was arguably the first shoe to bring the 4mm offset to the masses, and while it could not be classified as a true minimal shoe, it found a very desirable niche and redefined the current lightweight/performance running shoe category.
More recently, there has been a movement toward maximal cushioning in running shoes. Simply look to the expanding line of Hoka One One (the creators of maximalist shoes), the recent success of the Altra Olympus and Altra Paradigm, and the upcoming 2015 release of the Asics 33-M as evidence to maximalism beginning to take hold. Just as with the Kinvara, where Saucony did not go to the extreme end of minimalism, the Zealot moves in the direction of maximalism without going to the end.