Summary

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8 reasons to buy

  • Many users admired the lightweight construction of the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit.
  • Several runners lauded the shoe’s breathable coverage.
  • According to many user reviews, the shoe is very comfortable, especially for those with plantar fasciitis.
  • The running shoe has a roomier and softer toe box, as mentioned by most buyers.
  • Majority of the purchasers said that it is true to size.
  • The Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit has a great, eye-catching design, said a few comments.
  • A few reviews mentioned that the shoe is very responsive.
  • The shoe has a durable design, said a couple of buyers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few users mentioned that the sole of the Zante Pursuit is not flexible.
  • A couple of runners were disappointed by the shoe’s loose heel fit.

Bottom line

The New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit is a lightweight road running shoe that made most users happy and satisfied. Runners admired the shoe’s design, responsiveness, and durability. Though it had minor issues on heel fit and the sole being too stiff, most users would still recommend the shoe because it is comfortable and breathable.

Facts

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 7.4oz | Women: 6.1oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 6mm | Women: 6mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Competition
Release date: Jan 2019
Brand: New Balance
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal, Wide, X-Wide | Women: Normal, Wide
Price: $110
Colorways: Black, Blue, Red, Grey, Orange, Purple, Beige, White
Size
Small True to size Large
Forefoot fit
Narrow Wide
Heel fit
Narrow Wide
Toebox
Tight Roomy
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Durability 8/10
Comfort 8/10
Traction 7/10
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
Top 6% most popular running shoes
It has never been more popular than this December

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84 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 | Aayush Arora

    New member of the Zante family

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    New Balance has introduced a new addition into its Zante line up after launching Zante Solas, the Zante Pursuit. This shoe is a slimmer version of original Zante.

     

     

    Zante Pursuit is a different shoe as compared to the earlier version of Zante. Let's find out what this shoe has to offer:

    Technology used

    • Hypoknit upper
    • Fresh Foam midsole
    • Laser-etched midsole
    • Transparent rubber outsole

    Specifications

    • Pronation: Neutral
    • Cushion: Firm
    • Offset: 6mm
    • Weight: 208g (7.03oz)
    • Closure: Lace-up
    • Arch: Normal, high
    • Surface: Road
    • Best use: Tempo runs/Races up to a half marathon
    • Terrain: Road
    • Waterproof: No
    • Fit: True to size

    Upper

    The Zante Pursuit has the best upper in the whole New Balance line up. New Balance uses Hypoknit, which is seamless and provides a very snug and secure fit.

     

     

    The Hypoknit is very stretchy, and it wraps the foot amazingly. It feels like you are wearing a sock, which has Fresh Foam.

    Zante Pursuit has a gusseted tongue, which wraps the midfoot perfectly, and keeps it in place during sharp turns.

    However, the upper's breathability is average—nothing too crazy. After running four miles, my feet were a little bit warm.

    The shoe is very snug around midfoot and much more giving around the toe box. There are some horizontally placed laser cuts all around the shoe for more breathability and stretch.

    Toe box

    This shoe has a narrow toe box. My forefoot has an average width, yet I found a lack of space in the toe box.

     

     

    On longer runs, when my feet get beat up and my toes want some space to wiggle, it will not provide enough space for that. People with wider forefoot will have to go for the 2E width option.

    Tongue

    Zante Pursuit has a gusseted tongue. This provides a snug fit around midfoot and keeps the foot locked in.

    The tongue is made up of mesh, which has very less padding as compared to previous Zante v4.

     

     

    The only issue with the tongue is the extra pressure on my foot when tied down the laces tightly.

    Heel counter

    Zante Pursuit does not have much padding in the heel. Nevertheless, I cannot complain about it as these shoes are meant for faster day workouts or race days.

    The materials used around the heel counter is very soft and did not cause any chafing against the heel.

    Meanwhile, at the top of the heel counter, there is a New Balance logo, which reflects in low light conditions.

     

     

    Zante Pursuit's heel counter has a pretty awkward shape. It is like somewhere between the design of normal rounded heel cup and new aerodynamic design of Nike.

    It has an inward curve, which might be not everyone's cup of tea, but it did its job pretty well. It kept the heel in place while taking turns and prevented the heel from riding up during faster paces.

    Lacing

    This shoe has a traditional lacing system, which tends to put extra pressure on the feet when tied tightly. There are enough lacing eyelets to get the snug fit.

    Besides, I think some runners will have to use the last holes of lace loops to get the snug fit around the heel.

    The laces are very elastic, and it did not get undone while running. Thus, there is no need to double knot it when going for longer runs.

    Midsole

    Zante Pursuit has the New Balance's mainline foam, the Fresh Foam. Fresh Foam comes in various feel like soft and firm. In Zante Pursuit, it feels firmer as compared to the Beacon.

    Zante Pursuit provides a very responsive and peppery ride. If you want to go slow in this shoe, it won't let you. Instead, it will force you to increase speed, mainly because of its rocker shape.

     

     

    The rocker shape (upward curve) provides a more responsive ride. This helps in a very smooth and effortless transition from heel to toe.

    This shoe is meant for midfoot and forefoot strikers. Meanwhile, heel strikers will have to look for other options like 890 v7.

    The midsole is laser-etched, which leads to lesser weight and a softer feel. However, due to the hard transparent rubber outsole, the cushioning underfoot feels firm.

    This shoe has enough cushioning for races up to a half marathon. This shoe can also be used as a daily trainer for those who like a firm feel.

    But many runners would prefer this shoe for faster days when they want to shatter their PB.

    Outsole

    Zante Pursuit has a transparent rubber outsole, which looks cool and also provides very nice grip on all kind of surfaces—be it wet grass or road.

     

     

    However, I have not used them on trails, so I can't comment on that.

    The transparent rubber outsole is very durable. I mostly run on roads, and after use of around 30 miles, I have not seen any wear and tear. It looks like it has not been used yet.

     

     

    This transparent outsole looks very ugly after using it for a few miles, Outsole has stains of different colours all over, which I think is the only downside of this outsole. 

    The transparent outsole is very stiff because it does not have any grooves for flexibility. It took me a few runs to break into the shoe.

    Ride and flexibility

    Zante Pursuit is meant for tempo runs or race days. Its weight and high ground feel force you to put extra effort every time. I found the shoe responsive only because of the rocker shape. 

    This shoe is only meant for midfoot forefoot strikers. Heel strikers will not be able to enjoy the ride of the shoe.

     

     

    This shoe is not flexible enough because of the hard transparent rubber outsole and lacking grooves for flexibility. I tried to flex the shoe but failed. 

    Traction

    The traction of this rubber outsole is terrific. When I took these shoe for the first run, it started raining. But, thanks to this outsole, the shoe provided enough traction on the wet road.

    I also tried them on wet grass, and they performed pretty well. One can step onto any road in confidence in Zante Pursuit.

    Ground feel

    Fast day shoes are expected to have a high ground feel, and Zante Pursuit meets these expectations. It has a 6mm offset and low stack height, which gives a high ground feel.

     

     

    Thus, going fast in these shoes is just a piece of cake.

    Responsiveness and impact protection

    Fresh Foam is not as responsive as REVLITE. When I took these shoes for 12km long run, the Fresh Foam did not feel as responsive as it was during the first kilometre.

    I think Zante pursuit can only be used up to a half marathon and anything above that will be like a punishment.

     

     

    Zante pursuit does not provide enough impact protection due to its low stack height and firm cushioning. When I took these for 15km run, after the 12km mark, I started feeling pain in my midfoot.

    Durability

    Quality of materials used in Zante Pursuit is pretty good. After using them for 70km, there is no sign of fraying of upper and the outsole is looking almost new.

    The only thing that will break down first is Fresh Foam. I don't think the foam will last more than 250 miles.

    Style

    Zante Pursuit is a sleek-looking shoe. It is a stripped-down version of Zante v4.  Meanwhile, Zante Solas is a stripped-down version of Zante Pursuit.

    This is the first shoe wherein they have used their Hypoknit upper. I think looks and style of shoe can be subjective, but I found Zante Pursuit to be an attractive shoe.

    Price

    New Balance Zante Pursuit retails at 110$, which is not too low nor too high according to the materials and performance of the shoe. I found the shoe totally worth every penny.

    Pros

    1. Very lightweight
    2. Fairly responsive
    3. Seamless hypoknit
    4. Durable outsole

    Cons

    1. Narrow toe box
    2. Not enough breathability

    Bottom line

    Zante pursuit is a simple shoe. It gets the job done without any fancy technology like carbon fiber plate. I found Zante Pursuit to be a very versatile shoe.

    It can be used in mid-range runs like 7-8km, as well as, for tempo runs and on race day.

    However, if anyone wants a more responsive ride and more impact protection, I think one should go with New Balance FuelCell Propel or Rebel, which are almost same in price.

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  • 89 / 100 | James Tucker

    Pursue your personal bests in the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit

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    New Balance is an increasing force in the sports shoe market. They are now well-known in running circle for sponsoring races and for their shoes.

    I have been testing out the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit to see what the fuss about New Balance is. I have never run in any New Balance shoes, so I was curious to see how good they were.

     

    Shoe specs

    Weight 210g (Men), 173g (Women)
    Arch support Neutral
    Heel to toe drop 6mm
    Upper Hypoknit upper
    Midsole Fresh Foam
    Outsole Translucent rubber

    First impressions

    When I unboxed the shoe, the first thing that I noticed was the looks and the weight. Whilst the shoe isn’t the lightest on the market, any shoe that pushes 200g is more than enough to run fast in.

    I was also surprised that it was 210g—it feels a lot lighter when you are running in it, and I almost forgot that I was wearing shoes!

    The shoe looks good. The white midsole coupled with the blue upper and translucent outsole gives the shoe a clean appearance.

    Unlike some shoes that have overcomplicated designs, New Balance has opted to keep patterns to sensible levels, which I think improves the aesthetics of the shoe.

    The New Balance logo fits with the colourway and offers a simple but effective break from the overall colour.

     

    A good colourway for a shoe is almost as important as the shoe’s performance!

    Upper

    The upper of the Zante Pursuit is made out of New Balance’s Hypoknit material. I am a fan of this as it is snug to the foot and feels like you are wearing a sock. It is very stretchy so really wraps around your foot and keeps it pretty secure.

    It is also lightweight and very breathable. I did some track workouts in the shoe in temperatures of up to 25°C and did not notice any hot spots or excessive heating whilst training in the shoe.

    The material is also durable, and after over 50 miles in the shoe, it looks just as good as when it came out of the box.

     

    The Hypoknit upper is stretchy, breathable and light.

    Heel

    The heel of the shoe is made out of the Hypoknit material, but I was slightly disappointed with the lack of support the heel area offered. Whilst my foot didn’t feel like it was pushing out of the back of the shoe, I think that New Balance may have left some rigidity out of the heel in an aim to save weight.

    For races, tempo workouts, or shorter speed work, the heel support is perfectly adequate. However, for longer or considerably slower runs, I could feel that support was lacking in this area.

    For prominent heel strikers, I would consider what length of runs you are doing in this shoe. For forefoot runners, the heel support is certainly sufficient enough to help the performance of the shoe.

     

    The New Balance logo is reflective. The black and blue knitted material gives the shoe a sleek appearance from behind.

     

    The New Balance logo on the heel is reflective, which adds a nice safety element to the shoe and looks good at night. The heel area has black and blue material knitted together, which certainly looks good and helps the seam at the back of the heel blend in.

    Tongue

    The Zante Pursuit has a gusseted tongue (which means that it is sewn to the upper). This is an interesting choice by New Balance but is one that I think works well. It certainly makes your foot feel more secure in the shoe and does a brilliant job of keeping any grit and debris out of the shoe.

    The tongue is black, which matches the laces and adds differentiation to the blue upper. It is also a nice transition from the black inner.

    The tongue has a reflective panel at the top, which contains the New Balance logo and a couple of the shoe’s features. The reflective decal looks good in both the day and night with the silver also matching the silver New Balance logos on the upper.

    The one problem I did find was that the tongue and lacing system was hard to get right. The tongue isn’t padded, so if you tie the laces too tightly then you can feel it whilst too loosely and your foot slips a little bit. This isn’t anything major but may see you retying your shoes a couple of times at first.

     

    The logo on the tongue stands out in the dark and looks good when running and when looking at the shoe.

    Toe box

    The toe box is large enough for people with wider feet whilst also hugging thinner feet. It allows room for your toes to splay, which is important when running.

    The Hypoknit material is stretchy, allowing for a wide variety of feet widths. However, I would say that people with thinner feet may feel more comfortable in this shoe.

    Crucially, I didn’t experience any sort of rubbing even whilst wearing thin socks and my foot did not slip around within the toe box.

     

    The toe box is roomy without it being excessively wide. The upper helps keep your feet secure.

    Outsole

    One of the key features of the Zante Pursuit is the translucent rubber outsole. This does look very cool, and I was surprised that it didn’t pick up dirt either.

    The tread in the outsole isn’t the most substantial, so I would definitely recommend sicking to roads in this shoe. The tread is perfectly sufficient on wet roads or a dry running track.

    But, I did slip a couple of times on a very wet running track when starting reps. Once I was moving in the reps slipping was not a problem.

    The rubber appears to be durable with not much visible wear after 50 miles of road and track running in the shoe. This seems promising, even for someone who pronates like me.

    The outsole is shaped around the transition through the stride (it slopes upwards towards the toe). This is effective in transitioning through the stride and pushes you onto your toes more, which is good for fast running.

    I ran a 10k race in these shoes and did not feel that they were too tapered even over that distance.

     

    The outsole is durable and doesn’t attract excessive amounts of dirt.

     

    Midsole

    The midsole of the Zante Pursuit is laser-cut to offer extra protection to the foot and is made out of the Fresh Foam. This is my first experience of running in the Fresh Foam, and I was impressed by the cushioning that it offers for the low weight.

    I would be happy doing longer tempo runs in this shoe in addition to speedwork or races. My legs did not feel beaten up after running in the shoe, which I attribute to the good amount of cushioning in the midsole.

    After 50 miles, the shoe still feels cushioned and more importantly for a speed shoe, responsive. It is rare to find a shoe that is both cushioned and responsive, but the Fresh Foam midsole achieves both of these with the additional bonus of being light.

    I would normally say that 6mm is too small. However, with the tapered toe section, I found that this is sufficient to push you forward.

     

    The midsole is a good thickness and is rockered to push you through your stride.

    Overall

    Overall, I am a big fan of the Zante Pursuit. They look cool, they feel cool, and most importantly, they are fast. The tapered outsole shape provides a good transition through the stride whilst the Fresh Foam laser-cut midsole is lightweight, responsive, and supportive.

    In fact, that was one of my favourite features about the shoe—the responsive cushioning. The hypoknit upper is a step forward in upper materials and hugs your foot to make you feel like you’re wearing a sock. It is breathable, lightweight and looks good.

    I would recommend the shoe to most runners, specifically to people who are wanting to chase down PBs or who want a shoe that is fast for speedwork and tempos but won’t take too much out of your legs.

    It is purely a road shoe, and you can tell when running fast that it has been designed exactly for this.

      

    Pros Cons
    Lightweight Sole doesn’t provide amazing grip
    Cushioned but responsive Struggled to tie the laces in a way that secured my foot
    Looks good Heel lacks support for longer runs

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  • 88 / 100 | kofuzi | Level 4 expert

    Overall, I think that this is a bit more of a responsive shoe you're not as much as cushioning but you're getting a lot more road feel. You're feeling a lot more bang for your buck in the push-off.

  • 91 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 4 expert

    It’s not a perfect shoe (and it’s perhaps a bit of a zig from the usual Zante zag) but it’s one I have enjoyed, and will continue to enjoy, running in.

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  • The New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit is the new running shoes under the Zante line. The shoe features a design similar to the Zante 4, but it has a much lighter and faster feel. It is packed with technologies that are made based on data from real runners.
  • In the upper of the Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit road running shoe is the HypoKnit material. It gives the foot a very light and breathable coverage. Its cleatie construction and no-sew design give the foot an irritation-free environment.
  • Just like the New Balance 1080 v9, this lightweight running shoe uses the notable Fresh Foam midsole material. It has been modified with laser engravings for a smoother landing.
  • In the outsole of the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit is the full-length translucent rubber material.  It is thin and lightweight but durable enough to protect the outer sole from abrasion. It also gives a reasonable amount of grip for road running.

The New Balance Zante Pursuit runs true to size. It is available in standard medium and wide sizing for both men’s and women’s versions. It also has a roomy toe-box that allows the toes to splay whenever necessary.

The HypoKnit upper wraps the foot comfortably, and the overall fit, from the heel to the forefoot, is snug as well.

Designed for the roads, the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit uses a rubber material in its outer sole. The lightweight, translucent rubber covers the entire outsole to provide durability. It also gives grip and additional cushioning to the foot.

In the midsole of the Zante Pursuit is the innovate Fresh Foam technology. The Fresh Foam is a midsole compound formulated by New Balance to give runners a more comfortable and durable underfoot cushioning. This lightweight, single-piece midsole foam is designed for a fluid, smooth, and more natural ride.

The running shoe also has a removable molded sockliner which provides additional underfoot cushioning and enhances overall fit.

The HypoKnit is one of the highlights of the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit. It is a lightweight and breathable upper material that keeps the foot well-ventilated through the run. There are enough perforations in the upper that allows the air to efficiently pass-through the shoe.

The cleatie construction of the shoe provides a custom-like fit, and the seamless, no-sew upper construction offers a smooth, irritation-free coverage.

This New Balance running shoe has a lace-up closure and it uses semi-elastic, flat lace to secure the foot while running. To further secure the heel and ankle, extra eyelets are also available.

Lastly, the Zante Pursuit has a padded tongue and collar which enhances comfort, fit and overall foot lockdown.

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