ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 vs. Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a soft ride with stability and comfort to overpronators. Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 delivers tons of stability and a soft ride in a lightweight shoe...

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The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 are stability running shoes that can be worn by runners who moderately overpronate.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com differ considerably.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 has a broad overlay wrapping the midfoot around socklike mesh, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has the ASICS logo on both sides of the shoe as a no-sew overlay to keep your foot in place.

In addition to that, it has a sturdy stitched-on overlay that pulls the top of the saddle down toward the midsole and the heel.

But all in all, the ISOFIT overlays that wrap the midfoot and heel on the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 are much more supportive and provide a more secure fit.

However, these overlays come far forward on the shoe so decrease the amount of space provided to the forefoot. This is in contrast to the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, which has some no-sew overlays running over it but consists mainly of soft mesh that has a knit pattern to provide structure and support.

So in this regard, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is likely to provide a more comfortable fit than the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2.

Both running shoes have a sturdy heel counter at the back to keep your heel locked down on the running platform.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles and are meant to be very plush running shoes.

The structure of the midsoles differ in that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has two layers of foam with GEL cushioning in between, while the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 has one main layer of foam with a softer layer of foam closest to the foam and as a landing zone in the heel.

Running shoe lab tests show that the differences in cushioning are not big between the two running shoes.

For men, both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 have a very cushy forefoot, and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 tends to be a bit more cushy in the heel than the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2.

For women, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 has a more cushy forefoot than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has just a tad more heel cushioning than the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 probably due to the 3 mm of extra heel height in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 to take stress off the Achilles tendons of women.

But overall, the cushioning profiles come very close to each other, so if you want to soft ride, you could go either way.

The biggest difference in the midsole can be found on the medial side where both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 have a support system in place to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 has a fairly long medial post and this post touches the ground under the arch to provide you with a good amount of stability and support.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 does not touch the ground under the arch and it is hard to distinguish the exact area where the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides support, but running shoe lab tests have rated the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 to be more stable and supportive than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit due to the midfoot shank and vertical flex groove that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has and that the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 does not have.

The vertical flex groove in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 helps with gait efficiency and the midfoot shank adds support and maintains integrity right under the midfoot.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 provides overall more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 so increases its potential of delivering a smoother ride.

Both have a good amount of separation between their rubber compartments for shock dissipation and absorption, but the way the flex grooves run in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 combined with the huge amount of forefoot cushioning it provides may affect its flexibility.

And indeed, running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is the more flexible running shoe of the two for both men and women, and that the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 is on the stiff side.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 weighs approximately 9.6 oz (272 grams) and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 for women weighs 9.0 oz (255 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.6 oz (329 grams) and 10.9 oz (309 grams) respectively, with the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 being the lighter one.

If you are looking for tons of stability and support in addition to a very soft and smooth ride from a running shoe that is quite light for what it delivers, you should definitely check out the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2.

And if you are a moderate overpronator looking for a very plush and comfortable ride on longer runs, you may want to look into the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

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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