Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$120
Weight
Men: 6.6oz
Women: 5.4oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • A handful of runners really like the comfortable fit of the Hanzo S.
  • It is very light.
  • It is quite flexible.
  • The 4mm drop is welcomed by a good number of competitive runners as a great option within the New Balance arsenal.
  • A few reviewers have used the Hanzo S for fast racing and even half marathons.
  • There were more than a few runners who were impressed by the shoe’s performance, even just out of the box.
  • The traction is superb, based on some comments.
  • A small number of reviewers took notice of the snappy ride.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Several runners wished for a lower price tag.
  • One reviewer observed that the outsole showed some early signs of wear.

Bottom line

The Hanzo S is a racing flat with a 4mm heel differential. It is ideally suited for 5Ks and marathons. The shoe has a really minimalist feel, quite aggressive, and very responsive. It also brings really good wraparound fit and security that should be needed when trying to lower personal best times.


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4.2 / 5 based on 5 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 by RunRepeat • Jack Slavinskas • Level 2 expert

    They provide a nice smooth bounce off pavement, track, and treadmill surfaces but I wouldn't recommend running on trails.

  • 86 / 100 by Canadian Running Magazine • Dan Way • Level 3 expert

    I've been using the Hanzo mostly for speedwork on the track and treadmill workouts, and can confirm it's a seriously fast shoe and well-suited for interval strides and tempo runs.

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Updates to New Balance Hanzo S

  • The New Balance Hanzo S uses the combination of REVlite cushioning and Rapid Rebound that delivers reliable cushioning and high energy return for a smoother, responsive ride.
  • In the outsole of the Hanzo S is the sticky Dynaride compound that is formulated to provide high traction and durability especially in high wear areas.
  • The upper of the shoe features the Fantom Fit technology that offers lightweight support and fit.

New Balance Hanzo S size and fit

With the presence of the Fantom Fit Technology, the Hanzo S delivers a comfortable fit in the heel, midfoot and forefoot area. The shoe accommodates runners with medium foot measurements. The shoe is available in standard widths for both men’s and women’s.


Outsole

The outsole of the shoe utilizes the Dynaride outsole, a sticky rubber compound that delivers impressive traction while running on the road. The outsole comes with durable rubber zones that are strategically placed in high-abrasion areas for maximum durability.


Midsole

To provide an impressive racing performance, the blend of REVlite cushioning and Rapid Rebound is found in the midsole of the New Balance Hanzo S.

The REVlite cushioning provides durable underfoot cushioning while keeping the midsole light. This cushioning material is lighter than the usual New Balance foams and it is specifically designed for a lightweight ride.

For a smoother and extra-springy ride, the Hanzo S utilizes the Rapid Rebound technology that offers more energy return than the traditional performance foams from New Balance.


Upper

The upper unit of the New Balance Hanzo S utilizes a synthetic mesh for maximum breathability and it also features the ultra-light Fantom Fit Technology. Made from two thin materials fused together in a no-sew construction, the Fantom Fit delivers lightweight support and fit.

The upper of the Hanzon S is not completely seamless, but with the Fantom Fit technology, padded tongue, and collar, the shoe should provide a comfortable fit and secure lockdown.