Is it getting crowded in here or is it just me? In March, New Balance launched the Fresh Foam Zante, a 6mm heel-toe offset, smooth as silk, rocket of a shoe. Now we have the forthcoming Vazee Pace. It also has a 6mm offset and nearly identical (if not identical) weight and midsole thickness. So why is there a need for the Vazee Pace?
Well, the Vazee Pace uses Revlite for cushioning, where as the Zante uses Fresh Foam. In the case of the Zante, the Fresh Foam is engineered to transmit a great feel for the ground. It is firm, in a good way, and super smooth. The Revlite foam feel of the Vazee Pace is a bit more muted. It is by no means disconnected from the ground or squishy soft, just a little bit more forgiving. Revlite is also found in the outstanding 1400 and 1500 (man, I love the 1500) racing shoes and the outgoing 890. Thus, Revlite has been proven to be great a material for running fast over long distances.
So Zante or Vazee Pace? Well both are great for tempo runs and are equally as good for interval work. The Vazee Pace will likely be more comforting for longer runs, say over 15 miles and as a daily trainer. But really it comes down to personal preference. Today, I would use the Vazee Pace for the bulk of my miles and the Zante for faster days. But 15 years ago, I probably would have used the Zante as my only training shoe. Let your feet decide.
Available July 2015 – MSRP $110.00
Stack Height: 22mm heel, 16mm forefoot, 6mm heel-toe offset
Weight*: 7.5 oz (Men’s size 9), 6.5 oz (Women’s size 7) *Provided by manufacture
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New Balance Zante: Available now – MSRP $110.00