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  • Terrain
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $100
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 8.8oz
    Women: 7.4oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 23mm
    Women: 23mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Release date
    Mar 2017
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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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.

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Expert Reviews

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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.