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  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    $100
  • Weight
    Men: 8.6oz
    Women: 7.2oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 6mm
    Women: 6mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 16mm
    Women: 16mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm
  • Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Feb 2016
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Summary

We spent 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • A generous amount of padding is noticeable around the heel for added comfort, according to some runners.
  • Nice and plush insole is great and comfortable, as noted in most reviews.
  • The New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2 offers a great barefoot-like running, but maintains a nice underfoot cushioning as observed by some testers.
  • There is a seamless and irritation-free upper that enhances the comfortable feel.
  • The changes in the forefoot and toe box area, and in the geometry design, are quite impressive according to several users.
  • Plenty of colors to choose from.

4 reasons not to buy

  • It is not technically made for racing.
  • The tightness in the mid-foot wrap is felt and caused some blisters.
  • It is not as fast and snappy as the first version as complained by some testers.
  • Too narrow for some runners.

Bottom line

The New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2 is a great shoe with efficient design and performance. It is a reliable running shoe for training, tempo runs, and for long miles as well. It can handle different work outs and running routines as well. The shoe delivers a fresh running experience in the comfort, arch support, and protection that it offers.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 18 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 | Kyle Jang

    New Balance Zante v2's versatility

    Equally at home, during a trip to the store, or a morning jog, the Zante v2 boasts an athletic, but casual look.

    I frequently wear these shoes for easy training days and will pair them with jeans to pick up groceries later on that day. The subtle orange detailing on the black color gives this shoe the "pop" needed to stand out, without being excessively flashy.

     

    Fit

     

     

    The Zante v2 has a more generous fit compared to the previous version, but that is both a bad thing and a good thing.

    My feet are slightly wider than average, and the 2E in the v1 fit me perfectly. Because of the more roomy fit, I was stuck in between widths for the v2; D being slightly narrow and 2E being a bit too wide.

    Personally, I am not a huge fan of the way the Zante v2 fits.

    Affordability

    The price of the Zante v2 is $100 but you can find pairs on sale for $90 or lower. For the shoe, this is a very reasonable price.

    The shoe is superior in almost every way to other shoes in the same price range in terms of cushioning, and comfort ( e.g. Nike Free Run). Overall, this is a very reasonably priced shoe for the quality that you receive.

    Performance

     

    The Zante v2 possesses a fresh foam midsole that provides soft cushioning without sacrificing the light weight design of the shoe.

    As a sprinter, I do my speed work in track spikes, so I use the Zantes exclusively for warm up drills and tempo runs.

    In my opinion, the shoe does not have a lot of "pop" to it compared to the REV-lite midsoles that are present on other models such as the Pace. However, the shoe's soft cushioning makes it great for tempo runs and prevents my shin splints from hurting.

     

     

    I have performed a lot of high impact exercises on the Zantes, and the cushioning has held up amazingly.

    All in all, this shoe is a very comfortable runner that would be amazing on any short runs. The fresh foam midsole provides a plush ride that will surely satisfy any runner looking for a soft, reliable shoe.

    Conclusion

    The Zante v2 is a great looking shoe that can be worn for your hard workouts, and out for dinner a few hours later.

    The fit of the shoe was a disappointment for me, but the shoe more than made up for it with its fantastic price point and great cushioning!

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 88 / 100 | The Ginger Runner

    So, really, it’s just cosmetic stuff. The ride is very similar to version one, which is awesome. But it's also heavier by one ounce.

  • 88 / 100 | GEARIST

    This shoe is really, really evolving. It's subtly evolving, not huge changes with it. But the changes they have made in this feel really good.

  • 98 / 100 | Road Trail Run

    The Zante 2 manages to retain almost all of the magic of the original while also making some nice, subtle tweaks.

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Updates to New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

  • The Fresh Foam Zante v2 is Reebok’s answer to the fit issues that plagued the performance of the original model. What is most significant in the updated version is the removal of the arch bump that made the run a bit jarring and the fit slightly constrictive. New Balance also moved the midfoot straddle further ahead and loosened by just a hair this area. The result is a snug but comfortable fit that still delivers adequate support for runners doing short or long-distance training sessions.
  • New Balance also improves the cushioning and flexibility in this shoe. The forefoot in particular is more cushioned than before. The flexibility is introduced by adding numerous cuts in the outsole, especially near the heel where New Balance now uses a slightly thicker rubber.
  • The geometry of the outsole treads is significantly changed as well. This new hexagonal pattern makes the transition a bit faster and helps ease off the fatigue for long-distance runs.
  • The midsole uses convex hexagons instead of concave. Since the new convex hexagons are generously spaced out, they provide more pop and energy return.

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2 size and fit

The fit of the 2nd version of the Zante still hugs the foot with enough breathing space, particularly in the midfoot. This is basically the difference between the original version and the new model. Runners with average measurements will find the fit superb while those who want more room in the toe box could also go half a size up. Available widths are medium and wide while standard sizes are from 7-16 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

The outsole features new hexagonal patterns covered in blown rubber. This gives the shoe superior traction. A crash pad in the heel is designed to isolate shock.


Midsole

The midsole offers a really nice blend of shock-absorbing features and responsiveness. New Balance made a few tweaks in the midsole by changing the hexagonal patterns from concave to convex. With this new configuration, the larger hexagons in the heel absorb shock while the elongated hexagons going to the forefoot deliver a nice and firm propulsion. The Fresh Foam layer makes every stride feel cushioned particularly in the heel.


Upper

To provide excellent fit and support, the upper has different expansion points. The front half has more flexibility to allow the upper to move together with the foot. It also gives the feel of a roomy forefoot area than the previous version of the shoe. The back end of the upper carries more structure. This is designed to give some support both for the shoe and the runner. Light and welded overlays also contribute to overall shoe support and fit. Heel support is made possible by a relatively flexible heel counter. Bootie-like construction in the inner portion of the shoe allows for superb comfort and snug fit. An open mesh gives incredible breathability.

As mentioned, the bump in the arch has been removed and the midfoot straddle stretched a bit for a more relaxed midfoot fit without taking away the snug comfort.