The New Balance Hanzo S is an homage to Japan's road running culture and is constructed to replicate the design of Japanese-style racing shoes. The fit may not be for everyone but there's still plenty to like about the New Balance Hanzo S. The competition racing flat is a low to the ground shoe made to go fast and grip the ground like nobody's business. Although it's on the pricier end of the cost spectrum, it offers a ton of features for the right runner. It's a great choice for anyone doing the bulk of their racing or speedwork in steamier weather because of the ultra-breathable upper. A few issues keep it from being the perfect racer, but that's largely due to fit problems. For the right foot, it's an excellent performance footwear option.
- Spike-like lugs in forefoot offer outstanding grip
- REVlite midsole cushion for comfort and protection
- Rapid Rebound midsole technology is 17% more responsive than other New Balance cushioning materials
- Mesh upper features Fantom Fit technology
- Padded tongue and collar