Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 vs. Brooks Transcend 2 review

Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 provides a secure fit and a soft ride to overpronators. Brooks Transcend 2 provides a comfortable and smooth ride with support you barely notice.

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

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Both the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Transcend 2 provide a good amount of support in their upper and especially around the midfoot but do so in different ways.

The Brooks Transcend 2 comes with a series of bands that connect the midsole to the saddle to increase the amount of support around the midfoot.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 comes with broad overlays that contain some stitches and that wrap around the heel to increase the amount of support from midfoot to heel.

Both the Brooks Transcend 2 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 come with an extra external piece at the back to increase the amount of support behind the heel.

The biggest difference between the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 and the Brooks Transcend 2 is the fact that the upper of the Brooks Transcend 2 does not contain any stitches, while that of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 does.

All in all, you should get enough support from the upper of either the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 or the Brooks Transcend 2 with the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 providing just a bit more support than the Brooks Transcend 2.

Both the Brooks Transcend 2 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 are running shoes that are meant to feel very cushy under your feet.

The Brooks Transcend 2 comes with a midsole that offers quite a bit of cushioning, and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 comes with a midsole that has an extra softer layer just under the sockliner to increase the amount of cushioning.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 turns out to be the more cushy running shoe of the two for both men and women.

Both the Brooks Transcend 2 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 offer a large amount of forefoot cushioning, but when it comes to the amount of heel cushioning, the Brooks Transcend 2 falls on the slightly above average side, while the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 provides a lot of heel cushioning.

However, the difference in heel cushioning is larger for women than it is for men because the amount of heel cushioning in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 is almost to the max for women.

If you are a male or female heel-striker, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 may suit you better than the Brooks Transcend 2 despite the Brooks Transcend 2 having a rounded heel to minimize stress on joints and offer better alignment.

The biggest difference between the Brooks Transcend 2 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 can be found in the way they provide stability and support.

While both running shoes provides a good amount of ground contact for stability and smoothness of your ride, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 comes with a more traditional medial post to control overpronation, while the Brooks Transcend 2 comes with Guide Rails to do the same.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 does a better job of controlling overpronation although the Guide Rails in the Brooks Transcend 2 are also effective but not as effective as the medial post in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2.

The Guide Rails help your body find its own natural motion path so can be seen as a way to provide stability and support that you barely notice.

The outsoles of the two running shoes are both well separated, but the outsole of the Brooks Transcend 2 contains more individual rubber pods than that of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 and has zones to distribute the pressure under your foot.

The outsole of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 has larger flex grooves than that of the Brooks Transcend 2.

But all this separation in both running shoes does not help much with making them flexible because running shoe lab tests reveal that they are almost as flexible as each other and that both fall on the stiffer end of the spectrum.

The women's version of the Brooks Transcend 2 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams), while the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 for women weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Transcend 2 weighs about 11.7 oz (332 grams), and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 for men weighs about 10.9 oz (309 grams).

Both the Brooks Transcend 2 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 provide a good amount of cushioning to overpronators who might be a bit on the heavy side.

If you are an overpronator who is looking for a soft and smooth ride with tons of stability and support, you may want to look into the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2. It is also lighter than the Brooks Transcend 2.

And if you want to try out a running shoe that provides a different way of controlling overpronation by helping your body and feet to correct themselves, you may want to give the Brooks Transcend 2 a try.

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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