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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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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: 8.8oz
Women: 7.4oz
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 10.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • The 3rd version of the Zante is amazingly comfortable, according to many of the reviewers.
  • At $100, the price is easily worth the value.
  • Several runners loved the added stability in this shoe.
  • The Zante 3 has more substantial reflective details than any of the past models.
  • It remains to be very light.
  • A handful of runners valued the shoe’s traction, even on wet surfaces.
  • A good number of reviewers noticed that it is very breathable.
  • Some runners felt really fast because of the firmer ride.
  • Optional widths are available.
  • A few runners said that they received complimentary looks while wearing the Fresh Foam Zante v3.
  • Some expert reviewers agreed that the shoe is more responsive and efficient than the prior model.Some expert reviewers agreed that the shoe is more responsive and efficient than the prior model.

2 reasons not to buy

  • More than a few experts consider the New Balance Zante v3 as a couple of levels below the ride quality and performance of the original Zante.
  • A handful of reviewers found it to be a hair smaller and narrower than the previous editions.

Bottom line

The Zante v3 is easily one of New Balance’s most popular and sought after shoes. Not only because of the very reasonable $100 price tag, but also because of the magic brought about by the original shoe’s release. It brings a stiffer, more stable, and faster ride than any of the past models. The shoe may not necessarily keep the original’s fans, but should also gain a new following of its own. At its price point, it is hard NOT to see and enjoy what this shoe brings to the table.


Rankings


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 396 ratings

5 star
58%
4 star
18%
3 star
14%
2 star
7%
1 star
4%

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Expert Reviews

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89 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 by RunRepeat • Matthew Leonard • Level 3 expert

    A highly versatile and exceptionally comfortable all-rounder which I’d have no hesitation to put on for most my training runs and races.

  • 93 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    There is enough under foot for daily training and it is firm and light enough for your faster workouts and race days.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Sean Felty • Level 4 expert

    I really like this shoe. I think it has a lot of value for the price.

  • 91 / 100 by Gear Institute • Donald Buraglio • Level 5 expert

    The Zante V3 is one of the best options for a fast, efficient and comfortable ride.

  • 90 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Peter Stuart • Level 5 expert

    They’re fairly light, affordable and really terrific to run in at all speeds. They are a little firm overall, so if you're looking for cush they may not be the shoe for you.

  • 90 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Testers described this update as having “great ground feel” and “pop,” and as being “silky smooth.”

  • 84 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The Zante V3 is an excellent fast training shoe; just not the same as the original Zante. It gets a brand new upper over the V2, with minor tweaks in the midsole and outsole design.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Sean Felty • Level 4 expert

    It is an all around great shoe that feels very light on your feet.

  • 86 / 100 by RIZKNOWS • Jeff • Level 3 expert

    We are big fans of the New Balance Zante v3s. One of the best budget-level running shoes on the market.

  • 86 / 100 by RIZKNOWS • Matt Ross • Level 3 expert

    Overall though, I really like these shoes, especially given their affordable price point.

  • 85 / 100 by Running Product Reviews • Running Product Reviews • Level 3 expert

    The numerous minor refinements have taken a really good shoe to the next level, all while maintaining the really good price

  • 87 / 100 by Sundried • Matt Sladden • Level 1 expert

    New Balance Fresh Foam Zante 3 is a great running shoe that focuses on comfort when running at speeds. The bright colours and details offer great visibility whether you run in the day or night.

  • 80 / 100 by Run247 • Lou H • Level 1 expert

    They wouldn’t be my first choice trainer for longer runs due to my incompatible wide feet – but could be for those with a more slender, delicate footprint!

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Updates to New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3

  • New Balance brings in more than a fair share of modifications in the Zante v3. Fans of the line will quickly notice that there is a thicker midfoot saddle that is designed for improved durability and midfoot hold. It is adequately executed that it does not restrict the foot’s movement.
  • Another change is the new engineered mesh that has a good blend of flexibility and denseness. The mesh also has bigger forefoot holes for even better breathability.
  • The forefoot overlay of the earlier model is completely removed for more room in the toe box. It is also for this reason that the engineered mesh has the right tightness where the overlays were supposed to be for support.
  • A subtle change in the midsole side wall changes the ride into something a little firmer, based on New Balance’s studies. From a combination of convex and concave hexagons in the side wall, these are now made of convex hexagons as it provides cushioning a little less than before.
  • The outsole configuration is also remarkably changed. From a more vertical design of the hexagons, these are now almost laid out vertically, and positioned towards a more medial-oriented placing. It brings a more efficient and smoother ride.

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 size and fit

The fit of the 3rd instalment of the popular Fresh Foam Zante is generally very similar to the previous rides of this shoe. One very good improvement is more room in the toe box as this should be good news for those with slightly wider feet. The midfoot’s hold is superb because of the structured saddle while the heel has adequate security. It runs fairly true to size.


Outsole

The very unique outsole of the New Balance Zante v3 is large mass of hexagons in varying sizes with a little variation. Pointed to the medial side, this helps with more stability and efficiency. The full contact outsole should provide a better platform for runners to run on. Most of the outsole is blown rubber for traction while a harder carbon rubber is located in the heel for durability.


Midsole

New Balance’s Fresh Foam gets slightly modified with new hexagon convex shapes. This new design gives a bit more firmness and responsiveness. As it spans the whole midsole, it creates a smoother heel to toe transition.


Upper

The sleek upper features an engineered mesh that provides flexibility and hold in the right areas. There are more open holes in the forefoot for increased breathability. New Balance added a midfoot saddle in the Fresh Foam Zante v3 to give more life and structure to the upper. It also has an inner sleeve, which helps create the glove-like feel. The ankle collar and tongue have good padding without overdoing it. There’s’ more than enough reflective details in the upper for low-visibility running.