Zoot Sports, the global leader in endurance sports, is 100% focused on providing the triathlete with the ultimate in performance apparel, wetsuits, footwear and accessories. For over 35 years, we have been pioneering innovative product solutions that cover the athlete from start to finish and head to toe.
Founded in Kona, Hawaii, the home of the Ironman Triathlon World Championships, Zoot Sports began making performance apparel that catered to elite athletes competing in the emerging sport of Triathlon. A woman by the name of Christal Nylin, who lived in Kona, noticed that the athletes competing in Ironman needed something more functional to race in. In other words, a solution to avoid having to use transition as “changing areas,” and to no surprise, the same principle we strive by today: to find product solutions for multisport athletes.
Christal began sewing pads into run shorts, experimenting with swim fabrics, attaching run singlets to bike shorts and eventually, created one and two-piece racesuits for triathletes racing Ironman. The innovative designs such as the padded Tri Brief, the drop tail, the aerodynamically designed Tri Jersey, and the 3″ inseam bike shorts immediately gained popularity as did the colorful lycra fabrics that were custom fit for athletes. In 1996, Zoot Hawaii moved to California and the product line has expanded since.
Zoot has grown to be a global premier endurance sports brand, distributed worldwide and is the creator of the first triathlon-specific footwear line. Zoot continues to draw on its history in the sport and its athletes to deliver the most comprehensive, technologically-advanced, and complete multisport product line in the world.
BORN IN KONA. 1983