ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 vs. Saucony Hurricane 16 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 offers a very plush and comfortable ride to moderate overpronators. Saucony Hurricane 16 provides a very stable ride and cushy forefoot to heavier runners.

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The Saucony Hurricane 16 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 are stability running shoes that can be worn by runners who moderately overpronate.

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The ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 and the Saucony Hurricane 16 provide very supportive uppers that have sturdy stitched-on overlays wrapping the midfoot with heel counters at the back of the shoes.

The main difference is that the Saucony Hurricane 16 has broader and more overlays on the medial side of the shoe where overpronators tend to need the most support.

Another difference is that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 has smaller FluidFit overlays in between the main overlays to provide you with a glove-like fit.

The uppers of both running shoes should work well for overpronators, although the upper of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 should give you a more close-to-foot feel than that of the Saucony Hurricane 16.

The midsoles of the Saucony Hurricane 16 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 have a different construction in that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 has two layers of foam in its midsole with the one closest to the foot being the softest and the bottom layer being the more responsive one, and then in between the layers there is GEL cushioning.

The Saucony Hurricane 16 has a PowerGrid midsole that provides heel-to-toe cushioning. But because the FluidRide midsole in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 also provides heel-to-toe cushioning with on top of that GEL cushioning in the heel and forefoot, it should feel softer than the Saucony Hurricane 16 both in the heel and in the forefoot.

What is very similar in these two running shoes is the firmer piece of foam on the medial side of the shoe. Both have a fairly long length and both do not go up till the foot, since there is still softer foam between your foot and the post, so you should expect a similar degree of pronation control from them.

However, the medial post of the Saucony Hurricane 16 touches the ground under the arch and that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 does not, so the Saucony Hurricane 16 is much more stable than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 and should provide you with a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

Another difference is that the Saucony Hurricane 16 has a segmented and rounded crash pad under the heel to absorb and disperse initial shock at heel-strike, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 does not. Instead, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 offers GEL cushioning to soften the impact and has good segmented rubber compartments under the heel to dissipate shock.

Either should get the job done, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 should provide you with softer landings than the Saucony Hurricane 16. But then again, if you are not a heel-striker, this difference would be unimportant.

The rubber outsoles of both running shoes are well-segmented with the Saucony Hurricane 16 providing overall more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21, so is the more stable running shoe of the two.

Both running shoes also have good flex grooves running from side to side in the forefoot, so should provide a good amount of flexibility. And blown rubber in the forefoot of the Saucony Hurricane 16 should also help a bit with providing such flexibility.

The midsole of the Saucony Hurricane 16 is 0.2 mm thicker in the forefoot for women and 0.1 mm thinner for men. While such a difference in thickness should not effect flexibility that much, running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Hurricane 16 is less flexible than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 for women, but more flexible for men.

The women's version of the Saucony Hurricane 16 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 for women weighs 9.5 oz (269 grams). The men's versions of shoes weigh 11.2 oz (318 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 being the heavier one..

If you are a heel-striker looking for a very plush ride from a running shoe that offers lots of stability and support, then the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 might be worth a try.

And if you are looking for a bit more support and stability in a running shoe that offers somewhat firmer heel cushioning but has a very cushy forefoot, then the Saucony Hurricane 16 might be able to deliver the goods.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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