Hurricane ISO 5
Since our testing period, Saucony has gone through two incarnations of the Hurricane ISO. The latest version is the 5, featuring an updated outsole, a Formfit contoured footbed, and updates to the upper, noted in the image comparison below. The Hurricane ISO 5 is pictured first, followed by the Hurricane ISO 3 we tested.
We are now linking to the 5, but be aware that as we've yet to test that version, the following review refers to the 3.
Hands-On Review of the Hurricane ISO 3
The strongest features of these kicks are their plush upper and superior landing comfort. It's really hard to get comfort right in stability models because of the range of functions required to get landing right and motion controlled. Their plush tongue and collar padding come together with a thin mesh upper to comfortably balance into a moderately breathable shoe - another problem with a lot of the hot, heavy stability models. These are pretty great for the classic stability design and they top out among the other classic designs, but they were edged out by the maximalist HOKA ONE ONE Elevon for the Top Pick for Stability award. Further down we'll explore the outperforming qualities of the Hurricanes and compare them to our Top Picks and the rest of the field to help you find what you need to get out there and run.
Looking at the chart below, it can be seen that the Hurricanes do pretty well in the field of stability shoes, though they lag behind the high-flying racing flats along with most of the other stability options.
These were among the most responsive shoes in the pack. Their plush EVA foam midsole was not quite as responsive as the Adidas Adizero Boston 6 and On Cloud but their added stability features like the medial post and heel counter added to their responsiveness. A preferable alternative can be found in the HOKA ONE ONE Elevon, which was also our Top Pick for Stability.
The author (left, Saucony Hurricane ISO 3) and Tomaz (right, ASICS GT-2000 5) compare notes on stability shoes.
In addition to its good responsiveness, it also has great landing comfort, largely afforded by its lower degree of responsiveness. The added plushness of the EVA stack provides enough give to make the longest run an endurable affair.
John testing out the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3.
We put these alongside some of the top performers, like the On Cloud, which won Top Pick for Lightweight Racing Flat. But just edging these out were the Pegasus 35 and the Brooks PureFlow 7. In this case, we feel that the Pegasus 35s are a more comparable shoe and might better suit a runner looking for a stiffer ride.
As a stability shoe, the expectation is that the shoe will be heavier than average because of its reinforced materials, added padding, and weighty support structures. That is no different here: these shoes weigh 25 ounces in a men's 11, making them the heaviest pair we tested.
These come in at 25 ounces in men's 11, but they make up for the weight in comfort and performance.
Stability shoes are knocked for their extra weight, but that usually translates into a more durable shoe that will last longer and go through more abuse. That holds true for these as well. Its TRI-FLEX outside places XT-900 carbon rubber along high wear areas of the outsole amid iBR+ blown rubber to protect the midsole and ensure the shoe lasts. A heavier upper sporting the Saucony ISOFIT design helps reduce the stress and wear that would otherwise be taken by the lighter, breathable mesh.
The iBR+ blown rubber and XT-900 carbon rubber protect and extend the life of the softer EVA midsole.
But we did find a few concerns from reviews that some users had problems with the sole separating from the upper. We didn't find that in our testing, but we couldn't be sure that it wasn't a common problem.
With its thick collar padding, plush tongue, dynamic and sleek-fitting ISOFIT system, and cushy EVERUN topsole, these kicks had a lot going for them. But part of the reason they need so much added comfort is because as stability shoes, they lock the foot into a particular position and resist what the foot would otherwise naturally do - which, for some of us, is to flail around in space and time. Certainly, these were the most comfortable stability shoes in the lineup and should be at the top of the list for comfortable stability shoes. .
The plush tongue and highly padded collar help the Hurricane claim its spot as one of the most comfortable shoes in our lineup.
One of the notable pitfalls of the stability shoe is the lack of breathability. The necessity for nonporous stability structures like cumbersome heel counters and thick padding act in concert to seal off outside air circulation and seal in heat and moisture. These kicks maintain those same issues in addition to a partially closed toebox that offsets the breathing of the mesh upper over the forefoot. If breathability is a must, consider going with the On Clouds.
Comfortable and supportive, but limited breathability.
These are all-season road shoes that should also serve you well on light trails. However, we feel they are best on even terrain.
At $165, these are on the pricey side. They have a good level of performance, but for the price, we think runners will be happy with a lesser shoe and can use the difference to enter a local 10K.
We think most folks looking for a traditional stability shoe will be happy in the Hurricanes, but it's true that they carry a higher price than some of the less traditional shoes. Even so, they offer exceptional comfort and don't have that bothersome bogged-down clog feeling stability shoes can sometimes carry with them. What's more, they'll last a while for most runners, so the price tag doesn't hurt as much when they're around for a few seasons.
The author (left, Saucony Hurricane ISO 3) and marathoner John (right, HOKA ONE ONE Arahi) compare high-scoring stability shoes.