New Balance Fresh Foam Zante My first run in the Zante was on a very cold day, and I felt that the sole was very firm, much like that of the 980. After running in them in a variety of temperatures for the following several weeks I¡¯ve come to think that the Zante is a tad softer than the 980, moreso under the heel (as with most shoes, the sole feels firmer in the cold). The midfoot through forefoot are firm and responsive, and unless you are a heavy heel striker that¡¯s probably how you¡¯ll describe the Zante experience. However, when forcing a harder heel strike (I¡¯m a light heel striker) I was better able to feel the softness of the heel and the smooth transition from heel to forefoot. I think the Zante will appeal to both types of runners, and it¡¯s interesting New Balance 574 mens sale how different the ride feels depending on how you contact.
Unlike the marketing for the 980, I¡¯d say they are pretty spot-on in describing the Zante. It¡¯s like a sleeker, better fitting version of the 980, and I¡¯ve really enjoyed running in them.
The internal lining of the upper is very soft, almost sock-like. There is a thin insole with just the slightest hint of arch support. The upper overall is extremely comfortable. Sole
I finally broke down a few weeks ago when the New Balance MR1400 v2 came out (the women¡¯s version is the WR1400 v2). I had some credit at Running Warehouse from a previous return and the shoe ticked all of my boxes with the exception of the higher-than-preferred drop (note: this was a personal purchase, not a media sample). It also didn¡¯t help that some of my shoe geek friends who share my preferences have been drooling over the 1400v2. I¡¯m glad I took a chance since this is one of the best shoes I¡¯ve run in so far this year!
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