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Mens New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Running Shoe

Men's New Balance Fresh Foam Zante

Item #NBA1604
MSRP:$99.95
VIP:$89.96
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Men's NEW BALANCE® FRESH FOAM ZANTE :: Are you craving a lower, more natural feel on your runs, but don't want to sacrifice plush, underfoot comfort? If so, the Men's New Balance® Fresh Foam Zante just might be your perfect pick! Get a remarkably soft, smooth ride from this latest addition to the highly acclaimed Fresh Foam collection, and enjoy natural feeling, yet well protected comfort from start to finish on your runs. You'll also love the Zante's bootie construction and no-sew overlays that deliver a sleek, secure hold on your foot, and you're sure to appreciate the breathable mesh that'll keep your feet cool and dry mile after mile.

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Features & Benefits:

  • Breathable Air Mesh<
  • No-Sew Material Application
  • Fresh Foam: Fusion of plush foam and advanced design software creating an ultra cushioned and geometrically sound experience
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  • Heel-To-Toe Drop: 6mm
  • WEIGHT: 7.5 ounces
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Mens New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Running Shoe
 
4.2

(based on 9 reviews)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (5)
  • Comfortable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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5.0

This is my favorite Marathon Shoe

By SC_Ultrarunner

from Rock Hill SC

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Cushioned
  • Excellent Fit
  • Flexible
  • Light

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Marathon

Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Running Shoe:

Tried them on Friday and ran a marathon the next day. No break-in required. 4 weeks later I ran another one and my feet never felt better after a road marathon.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Update on Full Life Cycle

By JC

from San Diego

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Cool
  • Light
  • Smooth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Endurance training

    Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Running Shoe:

    As an update, I got about 350 miles on my first pair of NB Zantes before wearing through the out-sole under the toe area. The uppers are still pristine with no damage or apparent wear, the foam mid-sole also appears practically new and the sock liner and interior are unscathed. They still look and feel great and i patched the sole with shoe goo and retired them for casual use.

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    • No
     
    5.0

    Cushioned Minimus Feel!

    By East Ridge XC Runner

    from Woodbury, MN

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • 6mm Heel Drop
    • Bounce
    • Energy
    • Fast
    • Minimalist
    • Tempo Runs

    Cons

    • Calves Are Sore
    • Transition Takes Time

    Best Uses

    • cross training
    • Less Than 12 Miles
    • Racers
    • Trainer

    Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Running Shoe:

    The Zantes are my second pair of shoes in the NB Fresh Foam Collection and in between loving the NB 980 Fresh Foams and these Zantes I had tried the Asics Nimbus which were too heavy and weren't made for proper foot mechanics, the drop height was too high to it forced me to heel strike leading to knee problems. With the Zantes they feel a little softer than the 980's without losing any speed, I run on them for sprints to long runs!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Great, with a word of caution

    By Street Runner

    from Oceanside CA

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Cushioned
    • Lightweight
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Upper Material Fragile

    Best Uses

    • Road running

    Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Running Shoe:

    I run frequently with the Vibram 5 Fingers, but found I wanted a shoe with just a bit of cushioning for longer runs. The Zante seemed like the right shoe for me, with the added bonus of it coming in EE width. One run in this shoe and I was hooked: it's light, responsive, quiet, and stable. The price is right as well, particularly with the RR VIP program. And, judging from my splits, I actually do run a bit faster in this shoe. I love it so much I ordered two more pairs.

    One word of caution though: that lightweight comes at a price: the upper fabric mesh has started to tear away where it contacts the toes. Since the uppers are constructed of nothing more than a type of mesh fabric, they won't stand up to a great deal of abrasion. I'm hoping that in NB's second iteration of this shoe, they'll figure out a way to remedy this flaw.

    Otherwise, a comfortable road shoe that, even if it doesn't make you faster, will make you FEEL faster.

    BTW, I got the bright neon green model, and more than one person has commented on how cool looking the shoe is.

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    5.0

    If i only had one pair of running shoes...

    By JC

    from San Diego

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Light
    • Smooth

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Running Shoe:

        I was skeptical about the "energy return" but it is noticeable on descents. This is an extremely quiet, easy-rolling shoe that pretty much disappears as you run. It's fairly stiff in the forefoot so you may not get the barefoot kind of workout for your feet if you train in them. For racing, the toespring/forefoot rocker makes up for the lack of flex. NB Zante would be my choice for any race: 5k-marathon at about 21 minutes-3:30. Outsole durability looks like it will be average or better for light weight marathon shoes.

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        • No
         
        1.0

        Returned after 30 days

        By CbadPhil

        from California

        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Running Shoe:

        I run about 50 miles per week and was planning to use these for tempo runs and marathon race day. I needed to replace my Kinvaras following an early May marathon, but my local RR store was out of them in my size, so I opted for these. I took them on a few shorter, easier 6-8 mile runs over the first 2 weeks, then out for 2 tempo workouts of 12 & 15 miles. They felt very "flat" and left my feet feeling sore over the following days. I have since gone back to the Saucony Kinvara. I would highly recommend the Kinvara as I have not experienced any of the above mentioned issues while running in them.

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        • No
         
        4.0

        Great new shoe!

        By Manu

        from Woodbridge, NJ

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Race

          Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Running Shoe:

          I decided to use a different brand this year and this shoe was highly recommended.

          This shoe has not disappointing at all. The minimalist feeling of it is amazing. I also got good complement for the green\black colors.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          What a great shoe!

          By GreyDuck

          from Portland, OR

          Pros

          • Great arch support
          • Insole Toe Box Padding
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Poor On Rocky Pavement

          Best Uses

          • Treadmill
          • Walkingrunning On Paths

          Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Running Shoe:

          Pleasantly surprised that a shoe this lightweight can provide such a comfortable insole. Good arch support. Haven't done much running on pavement,but they are very comfortable for long periods of time. When walking on rocky pavement you can feel every rock.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Awesome shoes

          By JB

          from East Lansing, MI

          Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Running Shoe:

          Have run a lot of mile in NB, mostly 890's. For a lightweight shoe these have great cushioning but still maintain a firm ride. Great design in the collar and the tongue, you hardly notice either when you have these on. Only concern is the durability of the rubber "lugs", I can see some decent wear on my strike points with only 30 miles on these shoes so far. Great shoe by New Balance overall.

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          • No

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