ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 vs. Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 review

Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 offers stability and support in a well-cushioned package. ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators...

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The Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 are stability running shoes for moderate overpronators, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is also listed as being suitable for neutral runners.

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The uppers of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 are similar in that they both surround your foot with softness like a sock.

They differ in that the upper of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has less overlays than that of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has the ASICS logo on the lateral side to keep the mesh together and then there are underlays on both sides of the midfoot that provide some support.

The amount of support around the midfoot of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is pretty lightweight compared to what you get from the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 comes with ISOFIT overlays that contain some stitches and that can be pulled tight and adjusted through the laces in the saddle.

These overlays have been pulled back quite a bit to open up the forefoot for comfort.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 have a forefoot that is free from overlays and provide quite a bit of room to big bunions, so you should be able to get comfort from the toe box of both running shoes.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 are somewhat similar at the back with both having an external heel counter that locks your heel in.

However, the heel counter of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 covers the back of the heel better and wraps around both the bottom and the top of the heel, while that of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 only wraps around the top of the heel.

Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 delivers more support around the heel than the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3.

When you look at the entire upper, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 is the one that delivers a more evenly distributed amount of support from heel to midfoot, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is more focused on delivering support at the back of the running shoe.

Both the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 are running shoes that are meant to provide stability but also a soft ride.

Although their midsoles are constructed differently, they have a similar purpose in mind.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 comes with two layers of foam of which the top layer provides heel-to-toe cushioning and the bottom layer is somewhat firmer and more responsive.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 has something similar in that it has one main layer of foam with a softer layer on top of the midsole to provide heel-to-toe cushioning.

What is different is that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 comes with GEL cushioning in its heel and in its forefoot to up the amount of cushioning you get, especially on the lateral side of the midsole.

However, because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has a mixture of soft and somewhat firm cushioning, the average might turn out to be a bit firmer than what the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 delivers, so the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 is expected to deliver a somewhat softer ride than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

Women get an extra 3 mm of height under their heels in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, so they also get a bit of extra cushioning under their heels in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

Both the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 can be worn by moderate overpronators, so they come with a support system on the medial side of their midsoles.

However, because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is also listed as a running shoe that can be worn by neutral runners, it delivers a more moderate amount of support than the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3.

In addition, the medial post of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 is quite long, and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 delivers more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, which should increase the stability of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 as well as its ability to deliver smoother rides than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 comes with reinforced foam and a midfoot shank to provide support, and together with the external heel counter in the upper that minimizes heel rotation, mild to moderate overpronators should be able to get the amount of stability they require.

The outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 differ quite a bit from each other, but both display a good amount of separation under the heel for shock isolation.

While the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 has more deep flex grooves in the forefoot than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 does, it is not expected to be a very flexible running shoe due to the fact that it delivers quite a bit of forefoot cushioning.

While the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is not expected to be very flexible either, it might turn out to be a bit more flexible than the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 due to its more moderate amount of cushioning compared to the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 and the fact that its flex grooves run all the way from side to side.

One last difference between the outsoles can be found in the vertical flex groove of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 that is meant to help you achieve a more efficient gait.

The women's version of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 weighs approximately 9.7 oz (275 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 for women also weighs 9.3 oz (264 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.9 oz (309 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 being the lighter one.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 would appeal to different crowds despite both being suitable running shoes for moderate overpronators.

Runners who are looking for more comfort inside the shoe might prefer the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, and runners who are looking for a more lockdown fit with a soft and smooth ride might prefer the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3.

Because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is also listed for neutral runners, it would suit moderate overpronators and anyone below that, while the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 would be good for moderate overpronators and up but not to the degree of a motion control running shoe.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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