Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 provides stabilty with cushioning that is not too soft or too firm. Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 offers lots of support and a very soft ride to overpronators...

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The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 are stability running shoes that offer a lot of support and stability to overpronators without being motion control running shoes.

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The uppers of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 differ considerably in that the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 implements sturdier overlays in its upper than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

While the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a broad no-sew overlay on the medial side where support is generally needed most, and a stitched-on overlay wrapping the heel, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 comes with broad ISOFIT overlays that not only wrap the midfoot, but also continue around the heel.

Therefore, you can expect to get much more support from the upper of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 than from that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

At the front of the shoes, both running shoes have overlays that run over the bunion window and area of the little toe, so could feel a bit tight in those areas despite the overlays not being heavy.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning.

But whereas the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is known for its cushioning that is not too soft nor too firm, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 is meant to provide plush cushioning according to Saucony.

The latter is evident from running shoe lab tests where the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 greatly outcushions the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 in both the heel and the forefoot, and for both men and women.

The amount of cushioning offered by the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 to women is almost to the max, and that offered to men is to the max in the forefoot and somewhat less in the heel.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has an average amount of cushioning that is well distributed, which will serve runners who are looking for a supportive yet responsive shoe well.

Both the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 have a crash pad or landing zone under the heel. However, the crash pad of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 runs along the entire outer length of the shoe.

Therefore, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is more likely to be able to provide you with smooth transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

On the medial side of the midsole, both running shoes have a long piece of firmer foam to help with overpronation control.

This medial post runs higher and also further toward the back in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 than it does in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2.

In addition, the medial post is topped by several densities of foam at the back of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 to produce a more gradual effect.

And while the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 provides full ground contact under the arch whereas the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a midfoot shank that prevents the shoe to completely touch the ground there, you should still expect to get a stronger degree of pronation control from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 compared to the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ considerably in configuration and layout, but overall, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 seems to be more segmented due to the smaller and more plentiful rubber pods that it has in its outsole.

The latter should benefit the flexibility of the shoe and also aid in absorbing shock to give you a much smoother ride.

Running shoe lab tests show that the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 is on the stiff side of the spectrum, and that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is much more flexible than the Saucony Hurricane ISO for both men and women.

This stiffness might also have to do with the fact that the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 is much more cushy than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, since cushioning generally tends to increase stiffness.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams), while the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 for women weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 for men weighs about 10.9 oz (309 grams).

If you are a runner who needs lots of stability and support from a running shoe, you could go with either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 or the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2, since both are very supportive.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 would be good for those who want lots of cushioning in addition to stability and support in a lightweight package, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 would be good for those needing lots of pronation control.

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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