The men's New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit is giving chase to the speediest shoes in your closet.
The Pursuit is the latest in the Zante family, and it comes with one big change: a redesigned upper.
The change from the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v4 is the removal of the midfoot overlay in lieu of a clean Hypoknit upper. Instead of the overlay, the innovative knit upper deploys different zones of structure to provide support for the midfoot while keeping the forefoot stretchy. Removing the overlay also gives the Pursuit a smooth silhouette and modern look.
New Balance again used a full-length Fresh Foam midsole—the same type of cushion that’s also packed into the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v9, which Fleet Feet testers lauded for its light weight and bouncy response. Beneath all that foam is a grippy rubber outsole to protect the midsole and keep you grounded.
Whether you’re crushing a track workout or cruising through recovery, the Zante Pursuit will excel.
Drop: 6 mm
Use: Everyday trainer
Surface: Road, track
4.3/5 on 3 total reviews
Just as comfy as last pair-pls don’t change a thing (unless CHEAPER!)
I bought these as a replacement for my Zante V3s' which I loved. The sole feels and runs much like the V3 and the top part of the shoe fits even better. There is some space between the end of my big toe and the end of the shoe but they still work great. I'd like to try a half a size smaller to see how they fit, but for now I'll happily run in these. The fit feels fine for the 3-5 mile runs I do 4 times a week.
THOUGHTS: I was looking for a lightweight training shoe (< 9 oz in my book), when a buddy of mine swore by the New Balance Fresh Foam series, and so I went and got myself a pair of these in blue. While I can’t say this is a great shoe, I can’t say it’s a bad shoe either. The Fresh Foam midsole feels fairly soft and leans towards minimalist shoe responsiveness. The knit upper works quite well on cooler days (it runs pretty hot on summer afternoons), providing a good deal of wiggle room and comfort. Having run a winter half marathon in these (last-minute audible call when race shoes got soaked), I’d say the shoe is best suited for speed work on road/track or 5K – 10K races. Personally, I find the shoe too finicky to work with, and I’d suggest looking at comparable shoes like the Saucony Kinvara or Nike Pegasus if you’re going to spend $100+ on a trainer. NOTES/CAVEATS: (1) Wrote this review after putting about 100 miles on the shoes. (2) My feet tend to run ever so slightly wide, so roomy uppers are important. (3) I use orthotic inserts when I can to correct slight overpronation.