Photo: Oliver Baker

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante 3


$100, Backcountry.com

The draw: Fast and sleek for blasting short courses

The magic of this model comes from improved concave and convex dimples in the midsole foam that enhance the ride—it’s smoother and more responsive than previous versions. The third version also has a newly engineered mesh upper that adds durability and helps provide a more accommodating fit for wider feet. Bottom line: It’s one of the most versatile performance trainers we’ve tested and a steal at $100.

8.6 ounces | 6mm heel-toe offset