Guest post: Peter Stuart AKA @theloudmouuse
The Fresh Foam Zante (NYC edition) is simple, light, quick, smooth and fun. While I’m sure there’s a lot of tech that’s gone into this shoe, it doesn’t feel that way. The fit of the shoe is terrific for me. I went true to size (even though I go half size larger in the NB 1400), and “sock like” is a good way to describe the fit. The tongue on the Zante is perfect—not the big puffy tongue of the 890. Also, in a great little touch, the laces seem to have just a hint of elasticity, which makes them tie really nicely—tight but with a little give. The shoe just disappears on the foot. I’ve had absolutely no blisters or discomfort in any of my runs. The cushioning on the Zante feels just right to me too. I know this is subjective, but for me they’re a great balance of firm and protective. I like the way they run at all speeds, but they FLOAT when I start running fast. As far as wear, I’ve put about 75 miles on them and they’re showing almost no wear. Finally, the Zantes never get in the way of my stride. As much as I love the Newton Fate, there are days where the lugs bug me a little—haven’t had a bad run in the Zante’s yet!
I just don’t have anything bad to say about the Zante. The arch felt a little prominent on the first two or three miles, but was fine after that. Oh, also I sure hope I don’t need another pair before the proper release of the shoe in March.
The Zante is my shoe of the year. I really like the Newton Fate, and have been loving racing in the ASICS Hyperspeed 6, but the Zante is the one for me. As far as feel, the Zante feels like a lighter Brooks Launch to me—super smooth transition, disappear on the feet and really, really fun to go fast in.
What New Balance has to say
Be the first to experience our newest running shoe, the Fresh Foam Zante NYC. For this next generation of Fresh Foam, we studied runners who were even faster to create a quick, incredibly smooth heel to toe transition, helping your feet feel fast no matter what pace you run. And for a supportive yet flexible feel, the shoe features a sock-inspired fit that hugs your arch while allowing your toes to spread out comfortably as you run.
- 6 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 6 mm drop are approximate
- Breathable air mesh
- No-sew material application
- Reflective screen details
- TPU tongue weld