Brooks Transcend 3 vs. Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 review

Brooks Transcend 3 provides a very plush and comfortable ride with a touch of stability. Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 provides a secure fit and a soft ride to overpronators.

The Brooks Transcend 3 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 are stability running shoes that can be worn by heavier runners.

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The Brooks Transcend 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 differ quite a bit in construction when it comes to their uppers.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 has broad overlays wrapping the midfoot around mesh that feels and fits like a sock, while the Brooks Transcend 3 implements several layers of mesh with underlays to keep your foot on the platform.

The overlays on the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are more supportive and sturdy, but the mesh and underlays on the Brooks Transcend 2 are plentiful and surround the entire midfoot and forefoot to provide a good fit.

At the back of the shoes, both running shoes have an extra piece that goes around the heel to increase the amount of support there.

However, when it comes to the kind of support needed by overpronators, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 is seen to deliver that the most, especially on the medial side.

Both the Brooks Transcend 3 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 are meant to be very plush running shoes.

The Brooks Transcend 3 delivers this plushness through the type of midsole it uses. This midsole delivers about 25% more cushioning than Brooks' standard midsole material.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 delivers cushioning through one main layer of midsole material with at the top of this layer an extra layer of softer material right under the sockliner and as a landing zone in the heel.

Running shoe lab tests agree that both the Brooks Transcend 3 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 are very cushy running shoes and that the amount of cushiness differs per gender.

For men, the Brooks Transcend 3 provides overall more cushioning with its amount of forefoot cushioning being about the same as in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 but its amount of heel cushioning exceeding the amount in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2, which displays above average heel cushioning but not as much as the Brooks Transcend 3.

For women, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 is the overall more cushy running shoe of the two. It has more forefoot and heel cushioning than the Brooks Transcend 3, which displays above average cushioning in both areas but not as much as the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2.

Because the Brooks Transcend 3 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 are meant to be worn by overpronators, they come with devices to control pronation.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 implements a more traditional device in a long piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 also provides full ground contact under the arch and the rest of the shoe, which increases its stability a bit and helps it provide you with smoother rides.

The Brooks Transcend 3 implements a non-tradional device to control overpronation. It has what's called Guide Rails at the top edge of the midsole on both the lateral and medial sides that are meant to help guide your foot and body to find their natural motion path.

It also provides a good amount of ground contact, which increases the stability of the running shoe a bit as well as the smoothness of your rides.

In addition, the Brooks Transcend 3 comes with some stress reduction features in its rounded heel and distribution of pressure through three zones in the midsole.

All in all though, running shoe lab tests rate the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 as the one that is the most stable and supportive.

Large amounts of forefoot cushioning can cause running shoes to become stiff, and because both the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 and the Brooks Transcend 3 provide lots of forefoot cushioning, they both turn out to be quite stiff, according to running shoe lab tests.

However, they both display a large degree of separation in their outsoles, which should benefit their potential of delivering a smooth ride.

The women's version of the Brooks Transcend 3 weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams), while the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 for women weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Transcend 3 weighs about 11.4 oz (323 grams), and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 for men weighs about 10.9 oz (309 grams).

If you are an overpronator who is looking to get a very soft and smooth ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 or the Brooks Transcend 3. Women may prefer the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 and men the Brooks Transcend 3.

However, if you want a more traditional and proven way of controlling overpronation, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 can deliver that.

And if you want to try out a new way to help you achieve better alignment throughout your entire body, you may want to look into the Brooks Transcend 3.

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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