Summary

We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Solas is a very comfortable shoe, according to several customers. One user, in particular, said it almost felt like a sock against the skin.
  • Various buyers agreed that the shoe is excellent for everyday wear.
  • One user mentioned that the Zante Solas had a stylish appearance.
  • The shoe is perfect for indoor workouts and training, aside from running, said a customer.
  • The shoe was described to be as light as a feather by a reviewer.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The fit of the Zante Solas is quite narrow around the forefoot, a couple of reviewers stated.
  • The material around the collar makes the skin itch when the shoe is worn without a sock, one user commented.

Bottom line

When it comes to comfort level, the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Solas stays on top of things, based on how consumers viewed its versatility and ease of wear. Some found issues regarding fit and construction. In addition, there were not enough comments to conclude that functionality is beyond the basic level. Overall, for a simple, no-frills running shoe, the Fresh Foam Zante Solas met the expectations of runners.

Facts

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 5.3oz | Women: 4.4oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 6mm | Women: 6mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Competition
Release date: Dec 2018
Brand: New Balance
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal, Wide | Women: Normal
Price: $100
Colorways: Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Pink, Purple
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe

Expert Reviews

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87 / 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.

  • 70 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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