Saucony Hurricane ISO vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 review

Saucony Hurricane ISO is a very stable and supportive running shoe with a cushy forefoot. ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a soft ride with stability and comfort to overpronators.

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

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There is a big difference between the upper of the Saucony Hurricane ISO and that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a mainly no-sew upper with mesh that provides structure and support. It only has stitched-on overlays toward the back of the shoe.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO on the other hand, has a broad overlay that wraps the midfoot and goes around the heel with some stitches in it to keep it in place.

This broad overlay makes the upper of the Saucony Hurricane ISO more supportive and it provides you with a tighter and more secure fit than that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, especially around the midfoot.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO have an external heel counter that adds extra support at the back of the shoes.

All in all, the Saucony Hurricane ISO wins in the department of a supportive upper, but if you want a more loose and comfortable fit, then the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 might be the better option.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles.

However, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 throws in extra GEL cushioning in between two layers in the heel and in the forefoot to soften your ride more, so one would expect it to be more cushy than the Saucony Hurricane ISO.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that this is true as far as the heel cushioning of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is concerned, since the Saucony Hurricane ISO has a heel that may feel somewhat firm to both men and women.

However, the Saucony Hurricane ISO turns out to have a much more cushy forefoot than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22. The difference in forefoot cushioning between the two running shoes is not huge, though.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO comes with a crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot. This not only helps soften your landings, but also provides you with a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The amount of ground contact provided by the Saucony Hurricane ISO is greater than that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, which adds to the stability of the Saucony Hurricane ISO as well as to its potential of providing you with a smoother ride.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO are stability running shoes, and therefore have a support system in place on the medial side of their midsoles.

The medial post runs a bit higher in the Saucony Hurricane ISO than it does in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, since the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has an extra layer of softer foam that is closest to the foot.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO also has this, but the foam above the post is just thinner than in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22. So the Saucony Hurricane ISO is expected to deliver a slightly stronger degree of pronation control.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ considerably. The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 tends to have large slabs or rubber, which makes it durable, with a good amount of flex grooves in the forefoot for flexibility.

The flex grooves in the outsole of the Saucony Hurricane ISO are broad, but less favorably positioned for flexibility.

However, running shoe lab tests show that the Saucony Hurricane ISO is slightly more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for women. For men, it is the other way around with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 being more flexible than the Saucony Hurricane ISO.

Another difference in the outsole is that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a midfoot shank and the Saucony Hurricane ISO does not, since it provides full ground contact under the midfoot and has a better connection between its forefoot and its heel.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 weighs approximately 9.6 oz (272 grams) and the Saucony Hurricane ISO for women weighs 8.7 oz (247 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.6 oz (329 grams) and 10.6 oz (301 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Hurricane ISO being the lightest.

If you are an overpronator looking for a running shoe that provides tons of stability and support, and does so without being clunky or heavy, then the Saucony Hurricane ISO would fit the bill.

On the other hand, if you are someone who moderately overpronates and are looking for a soft ride with an upper that feels plush and comfortable, then the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 might be the one for you.

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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