Available January 2018 – MSRP $99.95
Reviews of the previous Zante models describe the shoes as lightweight and versatile trainers that can handle uptempo running as well as long runs. For the upcoming New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v4, designers look to continue that experience with minor modifications to improve the overall performance, feel, and fit.
Starting with performance, the Zante v4 includes a restructured Fresh Foam midsole with updated geometric patterning that should produce a smoother ride. Convex patterning along the inside of the shoe should result in a slightly firmer feel that provides a hint of support against overpronation while concave patterning along the outside compresses more easily for increased cushioning against impact. Designers also added laser engravings in the midsole on the outside of the forefoot that should deliver a slight increase in forefoot flexibility. Additionally, updates to the blown rubber outsole should generate improved traction.
The Zante v4 upper is revamped as well with an updated jacquard mesh forefoot for breathability and a new Hyposkin arch wrap and heel. Hyposkin, which is designed to fit as a second skin for a more natural hold, is a new technology that will be seen on a number of upcoming New Balance models. In order to preserve breathability, the Hyposkin portion of the upper includes laser perforations.
As will be the case for all 2018 Fresh Foam models, the midsole of the Zante v4 should be slightly softer and lighter than its predecessor. Because of these updates, the reported weight of the men’s Zante v4 is 0.1 ounces less than the production model of the Zante v3 while the women’s is unchanged.
Preliminary Tech Specs
Stack height*: 23 mm heel, 17 mm forefoot, 6 mm heel-toe offset
Weight*: 8.5 oz (men’s size 9), 7.4 oz (women’s size 8)
*Production stack heights and weights may differ from the preliminary data listed here.
Will has been running competitively since high school, and is currently running with the HOKA Aggies, a post-collegiate club here on the central coast of California. With a preference for the humorous and the verbose, he enjoys playing the wordsmith almost as much as his daily runs.