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Fresh Foam Zante v2

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Fast isn’t just a desire. It’s a requirement when you’re working hard to outrun the competition. Fresh Foam Zante v2 is the men’s neutral cushioned running shoe built for fast speeds. The aggressive toe spring and new midsole design is even more serious about delivering the quick transition and support you need to lead the pack.

Fresh Foam Zante v2

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Fresh Foam Zante v2

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Engineered mesh on the upper of this neutral running shoe for men eliminates the need for overlays, providing softer support, while the Fresh Foam Zante v2’s bootie-like fit gives you a second skin-like feeling that’s streamlined for speed.

Awarded “Best Buy” by Runner’s World, March 2016.
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  • 6 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 6 mm drop are approximate
  • Blown rubber outsole
  • Bootie construction
  • Breathable air mesh
  • Engineered mesh
  • No-sew material application
  • Fast Feel

    Aggressive toe spring helps deliver an incredibly fast transition and feel

    Supportive mesh

    Strategically patterned mesh offers flexible support where you need it

    Sock-like fit

    Bootie construction delivers a snug, sleek fit for speed

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    Average Rating

    4.2

    17 Reviews

    82% of reviewers recommend this product

    Size 3 of 5

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    Fit 2 of 5

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    Comfort 4 of 5

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    Nov 13, 2016

    Nice Shoe

    - Jackson, TN.

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    "Coming from a V840, it's definitely a completely different style than I was expecting, but it's very comfortable and light. I selected the lime green version, they're very bright, so I purchased gray shoelaces to take the edge off."

    Oct 28, 2016

    First Impression

    - Jackson, TN.

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    "They seem very light, previously had a set of 880's so they were more robust than these. Ran about four miles, very light on my feet, surprised by the cushioning compared the my old shoes. I might question the durability after a while, but we'll see, so far very nice. Would preferred extra laces to tone down the colors, line green is really bright."

    Oct 15, 2016

    Great Shoe for trails and running fast

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    "I am a collegiate runner and I honestly love these shoes. I am on my second pair of the V2. I had the V1 and then got this second version. I love them because they give the cushion I need without being heavy, because of this I am able to wear them for trail runs or even on a track or road. Yet they are light enough that I can do my tempo and interval workouts. Overall a great shoe that I will continue to get"

    Oct 15, 2016

    Not as good as version 1

    - Minneapolis, MN

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    "I loved my first pair of the initial launch of Zante, but version 2 was a dissapointment. Not as cushy or comfortable. Still serviceable but I did not enjoy these as much as version 1."

    Oct 15, 2016

    The Best!

    - Bangor, Maine

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    "I knew NB had great shoes, but these are be the best shoes I have ever purchased. They are more comfortable than any Nike or Adidas shoes I have every purchased, and I log 20+ miles a week in them on pavement! I couldn't run on pavement before I had these shoes because of the shin splints, but now I can. Member for life NB!"

    Oct 7, 2016

    Fresh Foam Runner's

    - Boston, Ma

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    "I love the Fresh Foam training shoe's. Very comfortable and I love them. I thought the Fresh Foam Racers would be the same but found them to be rigid. Great quality but lacked in the "comfort" I was expecting...."

    Oct 3, 2016

    Excellent, versatile, affordable

    - Lake Mary, FL

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    "I'm a relatively new runner, and I did my first 1,000 miles in a few different pairs of Nike Pegasus running shoes. I wanted to try a new shoe, and after running in these, I may not go back to the Pegasus. The shoe is quick, not too bulky, and feels great on the road. Most of my runs in these shoes have been from 6-8 miles, and I love them!"

    Sep 27, 2016

    Superb quality! Outstanding design! Great price!

    - Modesto

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    "Superb quality! Outstanding design! Great price. I highly recommend this one. I'm a satisfied customer."

    Sep 1, 2016

    Love these shoes

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    "Great show very comfortable would get these shoes again"

    Aug 26, 2016

    A very good shoe that could be great

    - Minneapolis

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    "I like the Zante v2. I am usually in either an 11 or 11.5 in NB, and the toe box here was small enough that I went with the 11.5. The upper fits very nicely, though I do find it on the warm side on hot summer runs. The ride is very smooth, which makes sense given the single layer sole and single layer midsole. It is not really a cushioned ride - the midfoot area in particular is firm - but it is not too firm. The shoe is fast, has great grip, and is very comfortable. For me, it tops out in the 10-15 mile range. I do feel that NB needs to differentiate the Vazee Pace - 1500 - Zante a little more. The Vazee Pace is really firm, but a good, fast shoe I wouldn't want to wear for anything more than a fast 10k run. The 1500 is perfect and should not change, but I think most people agree that it tops out at about a half-marathon distance (I am sure some people can/do wear it for longer runs and marathons, but that can't be the norm). Of these three, the Zante seems primed to become the marathon racer. I'd like to see some small changes that put it in the adidas Adizero Adios Boost / Nike Lunaracer category. That probably means losing more than an ounce in weight (closer to two would be good), softening the midsole a tad, making the upper breathe a little better, and finding a way to make the shoe feel more responsive over the long haul. I don't know if the fresh foam is the right material for such a shoe, but that is the shoe I was hoping this Zante would be. I am very happy with it and love it as a daily trainer for 5-12 mile runs, but I had hoped it would be my marathon shoe."

    Jun 28, 2016

    Loved these so much

    - Flanders NJ

    "I bough a pair of the Fenway fresh foams for myself and loved them so much I ordered them for my fiancé. Even wore the shoes in my engagement shoot."

    Jun 12, 2016

    AWESOME SNEAKERS!

    - Billerica, MA, USA

    "These were my first pair of New Balance running shoes and I don't know why I waited so long. The look is awesome and unique. They are very comfortable to run in and also wear around the house. The factor I enjoy the most the light weight. When you put them on you don't realize they're even on! Overall very happy with my purchase!"

    Jun 1, 2016

    Doesn't last

    - DeMotte , Indiana

    "I received the shoes in the mail on April 20 2016 by May 25 2016 I had literally worn holes in the souls. I only had a little more than 200 miles on them. It was the shortest lived pair of shoes I've ever purchased."

    May 20, 2016

    My new go-to's!

    - Chicago, IL, USA

    "I was a fan of the Zante V1 last year, but these are way better! I think that I put around 350 - 400 Miles in the V1's (more treadmill miles than road miles - winter training - so they held up for a longer period of time) I even ran the Chicago marathon last year in them. I plan to do the same with the V2's. I love that they thought about the wear and tear of the shoe. I have about 100miles on them in the past 15 days and the minor upgrades that were made to the V2 are very noticeable, especially on the long run. These are just really solid kicks, for short, mid-distance, and the long run. these are my go-to trainers. (I have two pairs)."

    May 9, 2016

    Color: Great; Fit: Good

    - Virginia

    "The color is great (although I had to buy replacement laces to match the green trim). Even though I ordered a 1/2 size larger and ordered Wide, still feel a little tight. I expect some stretching. All manufacturers seem to be making only smaller sizes; overall, I've found NB to be the best."

    May 1, 2016

    My 2nd pair of Fresh Foam Zante shoes

    - WNY

    "Somehow they didn't feel as cushion-y soft as my first pair."

    Mar 22, 2016

    I just started running again after 25 years at age 58....lightweight and great support!

    - Denver, CO, USA

    "After 25 years of not running, I've decided to get some bang for my time training. I'm a busy former competitive cyclist and live near a block away from a high school track. Love these shoes to train in. Super light and great support. I've added a custom orthodic and the shoes are perfect. Running three miles a week x 4 is a pleasure!"