Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 review

Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 offers stability and support in a well-cushioned package. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 are stability running shoes that provide a large amount of stability and support to overpronators.

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Support starts in the upper, and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 provides this through the use of ISOFIT overlays that have been placed far back around the midfoot and that contain some stitches.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, on the other hand, makes exclusive use of no-sew overlays around the midfoot that fan out toward the midsole to provide a good lockdown.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com also comes with some underlays closer to the toe box to provide hooks for the laces.

Because the no-sew overlays of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 come far forward, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is likely to provide a tighter fit around the bunion window than the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3.

And because stitched-on overlays provide somewhat more support than no-sew overlays and are more durable, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 is likely to provide a more secure fit around the midfoot.

The toecap of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 contains stitches so is also a bit more durable than that of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3, which does not contain stitches.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 also comes with some stitches at the back to lock down the no-sew overlays a bit, but this cannot compete with the external heel counter that the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 implements for added support behind and at the sides of the heel.

All in all, both running shoes provide a good amount of support through their uppers, but whereas the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provides a uniform amount of support throughout its upper, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 provides more support toward the back of the shoe and directly above the midfoot where overpronators tend to need it most.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS is known to provide cushioning that is not too soft and not too firm, while the Saucony Hurricane ISO is known as a very plush stability running shoe.

Running shoe lab tests somewhat confirm these assumptions but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 turns out to have a heel that could feel a bit firm to some runners, both male and female.

The softness of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 is mostly thanks to the topsole of EVERUN cushioning that runs from heel to toe.

While the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provides an above average amount of cushioning in the forefoot, its biggest advantage lies in the crash pad that it implements and that runs from heel to toe.

This crash pad not only provides runners with smooth transitions from heel-strike to toe-off but also adds to the stability of the running shoe.

But the real stability and support comes from the long medial post that is located on the medial side of the midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

This medial post goes higher than the medial post in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3, which is why the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is typically rated as being a bit more stable and supportive despite the fact that both running shoes are very stable and supportive running shoes.

The outsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit in size of rubber compartments. These are much smaller under the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 than they are under the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact so should also provide smooth rides, but the smoothness is enhanced just a bit more with more separation in the outsole, which is what the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provides.

The women's version of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 weighs approximately 9.7 oz (275 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 for women weighs 8.9 oz (252 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.9 oz (309 grams) and 10.9 oz (309 grams), respectively, so there is no difference between the weights.

If you are an overpronators who needs lots of stability and support, you can turn to either the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 or the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

Choosing one or the other will be a difficult task, but the main distinction point is that the Saucony Hurricane ISO 3 provides a soft ride in addition to quite a bit a stability and support, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provides a bit more stability and support and perhaps a somewhat smoother ride.

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.


This review falls under: Brooks | Saucony

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