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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.
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WeightMen: 7.4ozWomen: 6.1oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 6mmWomen: 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.
WidthMen: Standard, Wide, Extra wideWomen: Standard, Wide
Release dateJan 2019
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82 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews
Running on fresh foam clouds with New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit
I really like what New Balance did. They are my preferred brand for road running shoes, and I wanted to try out the Zante Pursuit as it advertises that they will enhance your run, based on data from real life runners.
As I have no arch in my foot, I have supportive insoles which have been heated, so they mold to my feet. Using these, I thought I would still be able to test the Zante Pursuits but also have the support for my flat feet through my insoles, (as the Zante Pursuit is labeled as a neutral trainer).
In my bid to help support my feet and try/create an arch in my foot, I have been using a lot of barefoot shoes as well. However, at the moment, I am training for the London marathon and will not be able to push my feet so far as to run in barefoot shoes for distances longer than 10 miles.
As a competitive shoe, and with around 3 months until the marathon, I thought it was a good place to start in trying the Zante Pursuits, as they could shave off some time for the marathon!
Terrain Road Arch support Neutral Use Competition Weight 173g Heel to toe drop 6mm Width Normal, wide
Love the color! The upper material is soft, thin and looks very breathable. These are also very light. The heel looks larger than previous road shoes I have run in but is actually 2mm lower than my New Balance 860 v9.
As a runner who looks for support, these shoes look like they will provide me with comfort, but I am apprehensive on its stability. When I put these on, they did feel quite different from my New Balance 860 v7 and 860 v9.
The heel seems to lift you slightly. This may be a good thing and allow me to forefoot run more. Overall, the upper material felt like it hugged my foot.
Upper & comfortability
The material is made from Hypoknit and is designed to provide specific areas of stretch and support. The material did feel like it molded around my foot, and perhaps this is why they felt snugger on the sides of my feet compared to other trainers.
However, it did not feel as stable as my 860 v9, and so I was unsure if my feet would cope with me taking these out on longer runs (over 5 miles).
At 173g, these are a light running shoe, and definitely the lightest I have run in. You do feel the light nature of these. I felt a bit like I was running on air at times especially when you run downhill. I did feel like I would lift off at a couple of points.
Laces are as standard, and as you can see from the photo, I always lace my running trainers, so they prevent from bruising of my nails. It’s effortless to do this on the Zante Pursuits, as with most trainers.
I would say that the collar is not as supportive as other trainers. It is a little lower, and not as thickly cushioned as my 860 v9. However, I did not find this an issue when using these for road running and did not experience any ankle pain.
The longest distance I took these on was 10 miles though, so unsure if further mileage may need more support.
Midsole & cushioning
These shoes do feel really cushioned. I think due to the Hypoknit, and the Fresh Foam. The only negative I have for these shoes is I do not know if they would provide me with the support I need for longer (marathon) distance, such as my 860 v9 or 1500v4.
I need the stability due to not having an arch in my foot, and it does feel that with the Hypoknit, it can let your foot "roll" so you may end up over/under pronating. I think it would be absolutely fine though to use the Zante Pursuit on a rotational basis with other shoes.
These are the shoes that do provide support if you have flat feet, tend to over/under pronate, as this is what I did when testing these shoes, and I didn’t seem to have any issues. They are a very comfortable shoe to run in though, that’s for sure.
Widths & sizing
These come available in normal and wide. If you feel like these are too narrow for you, you can try the wide version. I do have flat and wide feet though, and the normal was fine for me.
With regards to sizing, I ordered my normal size 8 in these, and they fit fine. These are half a size bigger than my actual foot size, but I always go up half a size when buying running shoes.
As above, the only negative is that the Hypoknit may not provide enough support especially if you do have wider feet, as they do hug your foot, but don’t prevent it from ‘spilling’ over.
These shoes are no doubt for road running. Makes you feel super light in road running. I think this is due to the Fresh foam heels.
As I have never run in Fresh foam before, I can completely agree with the hype and felt the difference compared with my1500 v4 and 860 v9.
The heel to toe drop is 8mm. It's 2mm lower than my 860 v9. At 50 miles use, the wear on the soles of the shoe hasn’t reduced as you can see in the photo below. Therefore, the soles quite durable.
The outsole of the shoe is made out of rubber, which is lightweight and provides grip. I don’t believe having this extra grip through extra material reduces the lightweight nature of the shoe in any way.
Although I haven’t actually tried these out of any race events, they definitely feel like they would shave off some time compared with my 860 v9, and even my New Balance 1500v4. I don’t believe this affected my running in any way and didn’t notice a difference through running in the Zante Pursuits.
The toe flex is also very stiff, but I am used to this from New Balance. I didn’t find this a problem and the toe box is wider as well which they claim makes your toes splay out more.
I like this as I have been reading more about barefoot running, and this is recommended - so it's a plus from me. I didn’t have any toe pain, and also didn’t get any blisters, which is something I was wary of without the support of the built-in arch that I have from my New Balance 860 v9.
They come in 5 different colors for women and 5 for men. This is a good variety of colors from bright purple to pale grey.
They also come in wide and normal fit. And with the Hypoknit, I think would suit most foot shapes.
As the Zante Pursuit are quite new to the market, the price tag reflects this. However, I believe they are extremely good as a competitive shoe, which is what they are designed to do.
Most people are willing to pay higher prices for a shoe that will provide them support, comfort, and of course, help with reducing their times. I would say the Zante Pursuit does all that.
So, I would be happy to pay this price. But I am also sure the price will come down the longer they have been on the market.
- Very comfortable
- Reduction of blisters
- Dry quickly
- Cushioning is snug
- Colors and design is eye-catching
- Slightly expensive
- Not sure if support is provided for longer distances
- Not preventative of weather elements reaching feet
- Upper and comfortability
- Midsole and cushioning
- Heel and outsole
As a flat-footed runner who is looking into barefoot running more and more, I was worried about the neutral support of these shoes. However, New Balance Zante Pursuit does exactly what they say on the tin.
They make you faster; they make you feel like you are running on air. They pushed me to forefoot run more, which is something I am trying to do, and they were extremely comfortable.
The longest run I took these on was 10 miles, but I could have taken them out for a half, as I didn’t have any qualms by 10 miles. They didn’t give me blisters as I thought they might have done without the support and no heel or toe pain.
If you want a trainer that will help you competitively, I would recommend these. If you do lack an arch, just rotate these with other supportive trainers to ensure you aren't constantly running without the support.
On a leisure level, I would actually wear these shoes on a daily basis, especially in the taupe color for women
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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.
Somehow the different elements of the shoe do not quite gel together. It is sort of going in the right direction of moving back towards a lightweight, and softer feel, but the ride is somewhat off.
The Zante isn’t for everybody. And that’s okay. A running shoe designed to please everyone won’t please anyone.
Updates to New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit
- 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 bootie 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.
New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit size and fit
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 bootie 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.