New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3

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New Balance is a unique brand that believes in quality and keeping their customers happy over anything else. That is why you’ll never see a big name celebrity endorsing New Balance shoes. They refuse to use the money to pay celebrities and instead, invest their money in research to improve their shoes.

The New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 is a favorite shoe among runners. There are lots of qualities that make this an easily likable shoe. For starters, the price is amazing. For the durability and high-quality elements that runners get with this shoe, the price is unbeatable. Another quality is that this is a lightweight road shoe with long distance capabilities. Runners loved the added cushioning but they also found the 66-millimeter drop to be the perfect combinations between responsive and supportive. One of the key changes from the previous iteration is that the Zante v3 added more cushioning and support to the midsole section of the shoe. The upper features a roomier toe box and a material that improves the breathability of the shoe. The outsole uses dual rubbers, carbon and blown to add durability and traction. Runners world Magazine gave this shoe their coveted Editors Choice Award, and runners can easily see why.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Lightweight
Affordable
Moderate stability control
Breathable upper

Cons

Limited protective features

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Positive
  • This shoe had the right amount of everything. The toe box was a little snug but stretched well and allowed my toes to wiggle. They are lightweight and the sole has a great feel to it.
  • I rotate these with another pair of shoes since I run so much during the week and these are my favorite. They are very responsive to my running style and they are very light. I feel the road but with plenty of comfort.
  • I have used all versions of this shoe and I have been overly satisfied. They are the perfect amount of cushion and they are incredibly light. They last a really long time and have a great construction to them.
  • These shoes have a very soft sole in them and give a great ride for my long miles during the week. They are really comfortable shoes for anyone who likes a long distance casual run.
  • These shoes are great. They fit like they are supposed too, the toe isn't too narrow and they have a great flexible sole. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes to run..
  • I love the softness in the sole and the low drop zone on these has helped my stride tremendously. I have put a lot of miles on these and they are still holding up great. They are great for road running because they absorb a lot of pressure from the run. I am definitely going to buy these shoes again.
  • I was happy with the actual construction of the sole of the shoe. It is comfortable all over but the sole allows me to really get into my running without feeling like I am going to bottom out. I am also able to run in areas with puddles without the water coming up from the bottom into my shoe.
  • Normally, I have issues with my ankles in shoes but these are great. THey run narrow and that is great for my really skinny feet. I went up like a lot of people suggested and they were a bit too big. The traction on these is better than any other running shoes I have tried. I wasn’t really sure about having them as a solid runr because the sole is one big piece and is very soft but they ended up carrying me through all my prior runs that led up to my marathon and then through that. They are great shoe all around. I am super impressed
  • I am a slow runner due to my age so I need a shoe that can handle the extra pressure. These are so great for my running style. They do wear a little faster than I would like though. They are top notch in comfort and the arches are great. I really enjoy this shoe.
  • These are a really great product. They are comfortable and the colors are super bright and flashy.
  • I have really wide, long feet and I wa a little worried about the fit after reading the reviews. I have to say they fit great. I was able to take some time off of my jog. I would not suggest these in the winter because they breath so well, it might freeze your toes off.
  • I did not have to break these in at all. I would suggest these to any one from short distance runs to marathons. They are super lightweight and have epic comfort.
  • These shoes fit really secure and I felt really stable in them. They are made of a great light material; they were actually lighter than I thought they would be, which is great. I am also really happy about how affordable they are.
  • Be careful with these on wet surfaces. Other than that, You cannot go wrong with these. They are super comfortable. These shoes have a great response to them, i felt that they were making me go faster.
  • I am sure anyone who buys these is going to like them. Thy are top of the line and super light. I am impressed at how well these shoes feel on my feet after a long distance jog; I do not even want to take them off.
  • I wanted a shoe that I could run in when it is hot. These are perfect. They are super breathable and the soles are so soft and light. I feel like I won the shoe lottery.
  • I use these to do my parkour and these have a great bounce and response to them. I was also amazed at how soft the sole was as soon as I put them on. They had no break in period.
  • I am going to buy these again when I wear them out. They seem very durable and are a dream to walk in. I am a powerwalker, not a runner, and I love the cloud like feel thee offer me on my strolls. I also like that they fit my feet nice and snug.
  • I found these to be a bit loose in my toe area. They have a lot of cushion and support my arches fairly well.
  • I am amazed at the traction on this very light, and meshy shoe. I used thee when I did my Ninja Warrior training and I could not have asked for a better more supportive shoe.
  • I like the low profile on these and that they come in a wide style that fits my foot perfect. They have a great upper support to them and the sole is super cozy and cushy. These are my all over day to day and do everything shoe.
  • I wouldn’t say they beat the V2. However, They are super light weight and I love the way they feel on my feet. I love the foam on the inside.
Negative
  • I am not happy with this product at all. They are way to snug and they hurt the sides of my feet. The fit is just way off.
  • These have a really bad hot spot where my ankle and leg meet in the front of the shoe. They were digging in and it was so uncomfortable. I am not impressed.
  • I wasn’t even able to run in these they were so tight and I bought the wide. I have been using NB for years and this is a first. I am not happy about having to send these back.
  • These shoes have no shock absorbency. I am very unhappy with these. I have used them on my treadmill and I keep getting static shocks, I am blaming it on the shoe because I have never had this issue. which is why I got the treadmill in the first place.
  • I took these for a couple runs to see if I could get them to break in and it just isn’t working. These shoes are way too restrictive and the toe box was way too scrunched in.
  • I am coming from the older models, which I loved. The v3 however, it is terrible. I can't get my foot to stay in place and the material just feels cheap. These are not comfortable and all and cannot compare.
  • These shoes had no arches and no type of support and they were way to freaking narrow.
  • These shoes are so small. I felt Like I was trying to fit into a schilds shoe. I mean, I always order the same size and these were awful.
  • These shoes feel really cheap and I am worried that they are going to fall apart. These shoes came in both times I reordered them in the shape of a banana. I was really confused why they were so curved. This proved to make them really uncomfortable. They do look nice but that is not why I bought them.
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Of the 900 reviews we found in total, 16% were negative, and 84% were positive.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

If runners flip this shoe upside down, they will see that there is something unique happening in the outsole of this shoe. The outsole is lined with a unique hexagon pattern. This hexagon design allows the runner to experience better stability. It also helps give the shoe its responsive feel. The actual material of the outsole is a combination of different rubbers. While some of the outsole is made using carbon rubber, other parts are made of a softer rubber, blown rubber, which is good for traction. Overall, runners felt very protected because of this outsole. Not only does the outsole protect the runner against slippery conditions and steep uphill and downhill runs, it also protects the rest of the shoe from prematurely breaking down and needing to be replaced.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of this shoe uses its namesake, the Fresh Foam midsole material. This material has been a part of the New Balance line for some time now, but in this model, the Fresh Foam midsole experiences some upgrades. The fresh foam midsole runs the length of the shoe using a single piece of foam. This is designed specifically to provide a better heel to toe transition. This midsole is slightly firmer and more responsive than a traditional midsole like an EVA midsole foam.
Upper
Upper

Upper

One of the key changes made to this version of the Fresh Foam Zante is that the upper has been redesigned. The older upper material has been replaced with an engineered mesh. This wraps the foot in support without limiting the breathability and air flow. Runners loved the combination of the snug yet breathable fit. One of the complaints that runners had about the previous model was that their feet got too hot and this led to blisters and hot spots. In the newer model, they were sure to include bigger openings in the upper to provide superior airflow to keep the foot cool and dry. Not only did New Balance redesign the outside of the upper, they also worked to improve the inside as well. They included an inner sleeve. This acts almost like a glove to improve the overall comfort level of the shoe. Finally, the upper added light cushioning to the tongue and collar of the shoe for support. Overall, the changes made to the upper of this shoe equate to a more breathable, comfortable ride for the runner.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The redesigned and updated upper of the shoe has come a long way in the breathability department. Just by looking at the shoe, runners can see that the open air holes allow for maximum airflow to enter the shoe and keep the foot cool and dry. This helps reduce odor that can be caused from wetness as well as blisters caused by chafing and irritations. Even in hot or long runs, runners reported that their feet stayed cool and dry due to the redesigned upper.
Weight
Weight

Weight

This shoe is surprisingly lightweight. As a neutral running shoe with added cushioning through the midsole, runners were surprised to learn how lightweight these shoes were considered all the added durability and support features they offered. This shoe weighs in just under nine ounce (8.8 ounces to be exact). There are lighter shoes on the market, but not ones that provide this level of support. Because of the shoe's lightweight nature, this is a great shoe for speed work. Runners also reported that they love this shoe for a 5k race.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The midsole of this shoe is slightly more firm than the last Fresh Foam Zante model, however, runners did not find that to be an issue and still claimed that this shoe was a very comfortable running shoe. The shoe upper is breathable and kept the foot cool and dry even during long hot runs, and the midsole provides the right amount cushioning that helps propel the foot forward, but still, keeps the foot very closely connected to the road below it.
Style
Style

Style

For a long time, New Balance earned its a bad reputation for style. It became an unstylish shoe for a moment in time, but that has since changed and New Balance is working hard to fight against that image. The Fresh Foam Zante comes in a variety of unique color combinations and the styling of the shoe is hip and young. Runners who like a fashionable runners shoe love the overall look of this shoe.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The outsole of this shoe features a dual rubber. Part of the shoe is covered in a durable carbon rubber. This rubber can be found in the high tread areas and is specifically designed to keep the shoe looking and feeling new even after a lot of miles. The other rubber is a blown rubber which tends to be softer and more pliable than the carbon rubber. Runners loved that they did not need to replace these shoes as soon as they had to replace others at a similar price point.
Protection
Protection

Protection

This shoe is designed for the road, track, or gym. Therefore, it doesn't have too many added protective features. It does offer added cushioning around the collar and the tongue of the shoe to protect against irritation. Likewise, the outsole of the shoe is made from dual durable rubber materials to protect the shoe from prematurely showing signs of aging or wear and tear.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Runners reported that the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 is a highly responsive shoe. This could be due to the combination of the 6-millimeter heel drop and the thinner outsole. The 6-millimeter drop allows the foot to interact more closely with the road below it. Runners said this allowed for quick changes in pace and direction. This is why the Zante v3 is a great shoe for both distance and speed work.
Support
Support

Support

The primary place you can expect to find support in this shoe is through the added cushioning provided by the midsole and through the cushioned collar around the ankle. Both of these elements help keep the foot in place. The midsole material of the Zante v3 is more firm, yet still cushioned which provides a solid landing pad for each footfall. This keeps the foot secure and protects it from unwanted side to side movement. Another way that this shoe supports the runner is through the overlay that runs across the midfoot. This design element helps to hold the foot in place, but because the upper is so breathable, it doesn't feel suffocating or stifling to the runner.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This is a shoe that is suggested for the road, the treadmill, or the track. Because the outsole of the shoe provides extra and traction, runners love this for the dreaded treadmill workouts. It also makes a great shoe for completing speedwork workouts on the track. In addition to this speedwork, runners liked this shoe for longer, slower runs on the road. While there are many great shoes for the off-road adventure, this is not one of them. Due to the added traction provided by the outsole, these shoes could feasibly handle a groomed trail, but they are not recommended for anything beyond that.
Price
Price

Price

The price of this shoe cannot be beaten! Runners loved not just the price but the overall value. This costs far less than the average running shoe on the market today, but it still somehow provides the runner with superior durability, traction, and advanced technologies. Runners reported that these shoes did not need to be replaced as quickly as other similar brands that they've had in the past.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The dual rubber outsole of this shoe provides the runner with superior traction. Runners reported that because of the combination of blown rubber and more durable carbon rubber, they found the shoe to have great grip. Runners even reported that they felt totally secure and protected while running in the rain or up steep hills or down steep declines.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The midsole and outsole of this shoe give this shoe a firmer as opposed to more flexible feel. The Fresh Foam midsole material provides firm cushioning but does not support a free movement. This is the same with the outsole and its dual rubber materials. The upper, on the other hand, is made from a breathable mesh and provides superior flexibility to the runner. Runners reported that this combination helped them feel confident running any distance or speed in these shoes.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Although this shoe labels itself as a neutral running shoe, those with slight over pronation issues can find some stability in this shoe. The midsole foam of this shoe is firmer which helps support the arch of the foot. Runners liked the firm yet cushioned ride and claimed it help keep their foot stable through the entire gait cycle.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 features a 6 mm heel drop. This is a relatively low drop and gives the runner the feeling of being flat against the ground as they run. Runners report enjoying that feeling of closeness to the road. Additionally, the runner who ascribe to the natural running revolution claim that this is a good shoe to help you transition down to a zero drop.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- 6 mm drop
- Fresh Foam midsole
- Breathable mesh upper
- Dual rubber material in the outsole
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

New Balance listed to its customers and kept what worked well from the Fresh Foam Zante v3 and adjusted what was not working for their runners. There is a lot to love about this shoe. Runner found the price to be wonderful especially considering how durable the shoe is and how versatile it also it. This is a shoe that can be used on your long slow run or your fast paced tempo runs. The traction on the outsole makes this a great choice for track workouts and even the treadmill. Runners liked the color combinations and noted that the shoe looks good crossing the finish line or even with a pair of jeans.