Saucony Hurricane ISO Review

April 7, 2015
Saucony Hurricane ISO
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
83
Speed
5
Responsiveness
3
Comfort
9
Stability
8
Durability
8

The Good

  • Stable fit
  • Durable sole
  • Value

The Bad

  • Expensive
  • Average speed
  • Average responsiveness
THE VERDICT

The Hurricane ISO is an extremely comfortable running shoe. With only an 8mm drop, the Hurricane hugs the road better and is more responsive than the Asics Gel-Kayano 21. The Hurricane is also more durable—but slower—than the Bondi 4. This shoe is for runners looking for a more neutral offset in a supportive and comfortable shoe.

FULL REVIEW

The Hurricane ISO comes with an upper using Saucony’s proprietary Isofit external caging system overlaying a sock liner, a well cushioned midsole, and lightweight, durable outsole. In this version, the stack heights are 3mm higher and the old midsole shank has been replaced with a dual density midsole.

Comfort
The Hurricane fits well. The Isofit provides an extremely stable and comfortable wrap from sole to laces. The heel collar and tongue are less padded than Saucony’s Triumph ISO, but just as comfortable, and the seamless toe box is flexible enough to accommodate a variety of feet.

Speed

At 11 oz, the Hurricane provides good support and comfort, but not speed. The 8mm drop made the shoe feel smooth, not fast.

Responsiveness

In testing, the 8mm offset contributed to a natural, more efficient midfoot strike, with a small amount of energy return.

Heeluxe, our shoe testing laboratory partner, tests the responsiveness of a shoe by measuring how thick a running shoe is and multiplying it by how much pressure the forefoot foot feels while running. The softer or thicker the midsole, the less responsive a shoe will feel, but the more comfortable the shoe will generally feel. The thinner or firmer a midsole is, the more power you’ll feel at toe-off.

Value

At $150 this shoe is priced to compete with the Asics Gel-Kayano 21, Hoka Bondi 4, and New Balance 860. The Hurricane beats all these competitors in comfort and durability, thereby justifying the price.

 


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