Verdict from 1 expert and 23 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • The New Balance Hanzo S v2 is lightweight, according to several wearers.
  • Many users consider the running shoe to be durable.
  • A lot of runners have observed the running shoe to give them a fast running performance.
  • It has an accurate fit, said a couple of reviewers.
  • Some commenters think the Hanzo S v2 is supportive.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe only has few sizes available, said some buyers.
  • One runner did not like that the running shoe is only good for pavements.

Bottom line

The second version of the New Balance Hanzo S proves once again why it is the choice racing flat for elite running athletes. This running footwear excellently provides the most aggressive ride coupled with the proven underfoot feel of its predecessor. Additionally, the dynamic support the midfoot offers makes the Hanzo S v2 an ideal performer for long-distance runs or marathons.

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Good to know

  • The Hanzo S v2, a Japanese inspired shoe model, is one of the lightest and fastest running shoes from New Balance. To further enhance the overall running performance, the shoe comes with an updated upper. The new seamless mesh upper offers maximum breathability and comfort, no matter the distance.

Just like its predecessor, the New Balance Hanzo S v2 runs true to size. It delivers a comfortable fit from the heel, midfoot and forefoot. Comfortably accommodating medium-footed runners, this road running shoe is available in a standard medium width for both men’s and women’s versions.

In the outsole of the New Balance Hanzo S v2 is the Dynaride compound. It is a sticky rubber material that delivers reliable traction on the road.

Along with the Dynaride is the high-abrasion rubber that is strategically placed in high-wear areas for maximum durability.

The rest of the outsole is the exposed REVlite foam. It offers additional foot protection without affecting flexibility and durability.

In the midsole of the Hanzo S v2 is the REVlite foam. This gives reliable underfoot cushioning without compromising comfort and durability. This midsole foam is light to give runners a faster feel. This midsole foam has also been used in some popular New Balance shoes for running such as the New Balance 990 v4.

Along with the REVlite foam is the Rapid Rebound technology. It gives high energy return for a springy and smoother ride. The combination of the REVlite and Rapid Rebound gives runners an impressive racing performance.

The shoe features a no-sew upper design. It aims to give runners a smooth, irritation-free environment without affecting comfort and durability.

A new engineered mesh of the New Balance Hanzo S v2 offers lightweight and breathable coverage. The upper has been updated to make it softer and lighter than the previous version.

The shoe also uses the Fantom Fuse technology which offers a foot a comfortable and secure foot lockdown. This technology combines two upper elements with a no-sew process.

The Hanso S v2 has a lightly padded tongue and collar for added comfort and secure fit. It also has a lace-up closure for midfoot security and comfortable foot lockdown.

  • The New Balance Hanzo S v2 is a Japanese-inspired racing shoe. The shoe pays homage to Japan’s running history while utilizing state-of-the-art design, technologies, and materials.
  • The Hanso S v2 is the latest running shoe masterpiece inspired by Hitoshi Mimura, who signed a partnership with New Balance in 2018. Mimura is also known as the `God of shoes`.
  • Daichi Kamino (a.k.a God of the Mountains) also signed up with New Balance. He is known for this mastery in mountain running.


How New Balance Hanzo S v2 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 21% road running shoes
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Bottom 17% New Balance running shoes
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Bottom 22% neutral running shoes
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Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.