Facts

  • 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: 5.3oz
    Women: 4.4oz
  • 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.

  • Width
    Men: Normal, Wide
    Women: Narrow, Normal, Wide
  • Release date
    Dec 2018
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Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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88 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    The Solas runs smooth, light, and on the firmer side of the spectrum.

  • 98 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 4 expert

    I really like the Solas. I’m not sure I’d race a 5k in it (the comfortable, somewhat relaxed upper is not quite race-tuned for the all-out chaos of me running as fast as I can for a full 5k), but it’s certainly light and zippy enough.

  • 70 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 4 expert

    ...I think people should consider this shoe as a “buddy” shoe to a regular trainer, where it can be used for those days where you just want to feel as light as possible on your runs, or days where you want a simple look at the gym.

  • 90 / 100 | Runner's World | | Level 1 expert

    These are shoes designed to get out of the way and let you feel your foot rather than what's strapped around it.

  • First look | Fitted Running |

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  • The New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Solas is a running shoe that joins the brand’s line of Zante shoes designed for neutral pronators. The structure of the Fresh Foam Zante Solas allows it to excel in competition-style running, similar to how the On Cloud does.
  • This new member prides itself as the lightest, most responsive, and most flexible runner in the Zante shoe lineup. It features a sock-like silhouette that fits comfortably and seamlessly, enabling the wearer to up their tempo and increase their miles.
  • The Fresh Foam midsole has always been known for its bouncy and plush construction that offers a more natural ride, and in the Zante Solas, it does not disappoint. In fact, it is in this shoe the Fresh Foam is in their softest and most lightweight version.

According to their sizing convention, the Fresh Foam Zante Solas is an inch higher than the standard running shoe measurement. However, users attested that the shoe fits true to size, which could be attributed to the silhouette of the upper. A prospective buyer’s best bet is to get a half size up their usual preference to both a comfortable wrap and an adequate room for toe splay. The Fresh Foam Zante Solas is available for purchase in Medium and Wide for the men’s version, and Medium for the women’s version.

The outsole of the New Balance Zante Solas utilizes an ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam that assures a full ground contact. This guarantees a smooth running experience, as well as a consistent ride. The Asics Gel Nimbus 21 is another running shoe that features a similarly constructed outsole.

The Fresh Foam Zante Solas has a diamond-shaped tread pattern that resembles scales. Because the shoe is designed for the road, the outsole’s pattern fully covers the length of the foot for maximum ground reach.

Fans of New Balance running shoes would be familiar with the Fresh Foam technology, which the brand prides as their softest and most comfortable midsole foam. The Fresh Foam, which is also present in the New Balance Zante v4, allows a smooth performance while also providing luxurious cushioning. In the Zante Solas, the Fresh Foam is at its lightest: around 5 ounces.

Although the midsole is plush and lightweight, it also equips the wearer with a durable underfoot protection, thanks to its unique formulation that works by dispersing impact from landing.

Like many other running shoes in the Fresh Foam collection, the New Balance Zante Solas uses a Hypoknit upper. This one-of-a-kind material possesses a flexible structure that provides stretch and support in all the right places. Finished with a no-sew construction, the shoe promises an irritation-free foot coverage.

The upper’s cleatie silhouette means the foot is equipped with a sock-like fit that results in a silky-soft sensation, like a second skin, for the ultimate comfort and support. This feature is especially useful when runners are doing their fast-paced activities.

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