Facts

  • Terrain
    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
    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.

  • Use
    Use

    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
    Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 6.6oz
    Women: 5.4oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 13mm
    Women: 13mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Jan 2017
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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.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | Jack Slavinskas

    The New Balance Hanzo S

    The road race style running shoes that weigh 6.6 ounces for men's and 5.4 ounces for women's.

    They have a heel to toe drop of 4 mm. They were released last January 2017.

     

    Comfortability

    They feel comfortable but if you have flat feet you might not feel exactly what I feel since the arch is low.

    The first time I put them on I felt a little discomfort in the upper foot because the edges of the tongue keep folding inside the shoe. You need to break them in before it stops.

    Besides that, the shoe feels great. It hugs my heel perfectly which avoids slipping. 

    The flexibility in the toes also allows for a smooth ride. These are also extremely light so you don't even realize you're wearing them!

    The only time I start to feel any type of discomfort is when I'm running on uneven terrain like trails. These are definitely not meant for trails! It destroys the shoe if you do!

    Durability

    These shoes have okay durability as long as you take care of them.

    That means running on trails minimally and not doing anything stupid with them. The part that is going to start to fade first is the outsole. 

    But you can get a decent amount of mileage on these from 5ks to half marathons.

     

     

    What I'm starting to see is the soles starting to peel off a little but it's not that noticeable.

    Also in the front part, the grips stand out and they start to fade and get less grip.

    Looks & Design

    These things are flashy. It just looks like a fast shoe.

    They only come in neon/black so you don't have any other selections but the neon/black really look cool. Really cool design. Probably one of the best looking shoes I've seen for the price.

    Performance

    There is a reason these are meant for racing. They will make you fast.

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

    You will definitely have no problem reaching for those extra miles. From those fast-paced track workouts to half marathons you will always be happy. 

     

     

    The New Balance Hanzo S breathes very well since the shoe is so thin. They are so thin that it might even become a problem if it is cold out.

    Your feet start to freeze up a little if it is windy. It literally goes right through the shoe. It is perfect for those very hot summer days though.

    The way the shoe is built, it actually makes it slightly easier to keep a good running form too. These might be good for people starting out in long distance running.

    Pros

    • Super lightweight 
    • Minimal heel slips
    • Flexible
    • Nice bounce 
    • Extremely nice breathability 
    • Perfect for runners of all skill levels
    • Available in both men's and women's

    Cons

    • The tongue folds in and can cause discomfort for some runners
    • Terrible for running on trails or any other rougher terrains
    • The outsole tends to start to fade fast
    • Only 1 design so if you better like how it looks
    • Might not be the best on cold weather due to it's thinness

    Verdict

    Overall, I would recommend the New Balance Hanzo S if you are a newer runner and you are going to road race.( Not trails!)

    The shoe is fast but not that durable on its outsole. You will NOT get as much life out of the shoe than you would like!

    Nevertheless, the New Balance Hanzo S is a fast, comfortable shoe which is great for racing.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

    Jack Slavinskas

    Level 2 expert (3-5 reviews)

    Hi, I'm Jack Slavinskas, a distance runner on a varsity cross country/track team. I love doing triathlons during the summer and off seasons. I've done it all from trails, roads, and treadmills & have tried a lot of different running shoes along the way. My goal is to build up and eventually do an Ironman.

    5 reviews - average score 78/100

  • 86 / 100 | Canadian Running Magazine

    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.