Who should buy the Fresh Foam Zante v3

The Fresh Foam Zante is a series of affordably-priced road shoes aimed at the budget-conscious runner. Go for the third version of the Zante if:

  • You have a moderate to high arch and you want a cushioned running shoe that can provide the necessary support
  • You want a long-distance running shoe that can easily support your foot strike pattern

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Updates to the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3

  • A thicker midfoot saddle for improved durability and midfoot hold
  • New engineered mesh with a good blend of flexibility and density; it has bigger holes for better breathability
  • Updated convex midsole pattern for a firmer platform
  • A new medial-oriented outsole design for a more efficient and smoother ride

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Hexagons provide stability and traction

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.

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 hexagon outsole

Firm midsole for smoother transitions

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. This midsole is also present in the Zante v4 and other New Balance shoes.

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 midsole

Structured breathability in the Fresh Foam Zante v3

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 Fresh Foam Zante v3 upper

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.

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 midfoot saddle

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.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 250g / Women 211g
Drop: 6mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v4
Forefoot height: 17mm
Heel height: 23mm

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