Review: New Balance Zante v3

The Zante is now in its third year, and after a fantastic debut and middling second outing, the model returns to form as a speedy performer. With only a 6mm heel-to-toe drop to help with balance, this wouldn’t be a terrible option for the gym, either.

It’s fast and light, with great rebound for either leisurely jogging or sprinting. In fact, for speed, this is a Pegasus-killer. It has flexibility and responsiveness, with a highly breathable upper and a forefoot that can expand to accommodate wider feet. The lockdown in the heel is fantastic, also.

Photo courtesy of New Balance
While the tongue is a little short, the mesh is very breathable.

The downsides are that it has quite a short tongue. If they made a sock-type (similar to some Adidas models), that wouldn’t b an issue, though. Flat-footers beware, however. The midfoot cuts in a lot, so unless you plan on only sprinting in these, you may find them unstable and digging into your arches.

This is a fast shoe, built to handle both training and race day. While it makes a great sprint shoe on a budget (NB’s sprint-specific shoe is $150, compared to the Zante’s $100), longer-distance runners may find the cushion lacking.

Score: 9.0/10

New Balance Men’s Fresh Foam Zante v3 Running Shoe

New Balance Women’s Fresh Foam Zante v3 Running Shoe

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