Saucony Guide 8 vs. Saucony Hurricane 16 review

Saucony Guide 8 provides a lightweight cushy and smooth ride to moderate overpronators. Saucony Hurricane 16 provides lots of stability and forefoot cushioning to heavier runners...

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The Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Hurricane 16 are both stability running shoes from Saucony with the Saucony Hurricane 16 being meant to provide more stability and support than the Saucony Guide 8.

The Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Hurricane 16 are very much alike in construction.

Both wrap the midfoot and cup the heel well with traditional stitched-on overlays that are sturdy enough for lots of support.

However, because the Saucony Hurricane 16 can be worn by bigger runners, it has more overlays than the Saucony Guide 8 especially on the medial side of the shoe.

In addition, it has Sauc-Fit on the medial side to give a good lock around the midfoot, and a Support Frame at the back of the shoe to lock the heel down on the running platform.

These features are missing on the Saucony Guide 8, which is meant for runners who do not have big motion controlling issues and who are somewhat lighter. Such runners require less support in an upper. And the Saucony Guide 8 provides just enough support to them.

Each running shoe suits its own audience well, and one could say that the Saucony Hurricane 16 as well as the Saucony Guide 8 have a secure fitting upper, but that you can expect to get just a little bit more from the Saucony Hurricane 16.

The Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Hurricane 16 also have a very similar midsole construction. Both running shoes come with a PowerGrid midsole that centers the foot and that provides shock absorption and heel-to-toe cushioning.

The Saucony Hurricane 16 and the Saucony Guide 8 also have crash pads under the heel that run till the midfoot to absorb shock at heel-strike and provide you with a soft landing.

The difference is that the crash pad of the Saucony Hurricane 16 is somewhat more rounded, especially at the back of the heel. A more rounded heel means a more gentle transition of the foot towards the inside.

The final similarity comes in the form of a piece of fimer foam on the medial side of the shoe to control overpronation. This piece of foam is longer in the Saucony Hurricane 16 than it is in the Saucony Guide 8, so you can expect to get a somewhat stronger degree of pronation control from the Saucony Hurricane 16 than from the Saucony Guide 8.

The medial post on the Saucony Hurricane 16 touches the ground under the arch, while the medial post of the Saucony Guide 8 does not. So you can also expect the Saucony Hurricane 16 to provide a more stable footing than the Saucony Guide 8.

There is a difference to be felt in the amount of cushioning provided by both running shoes. Both running shoes have a very cushy forefoot. The big difference can be found in the amount of heel cushioning.

The heel cushioning of the Saucony Hurricane 16 tends to be somewhat firmer than that of the Saucony Guide 8, so if you are a heel-striker who overpronates moderately, the Saucony Guide 8 would probably suit you better than the Saucony Hurricane 16.

The Saucony Hurricane 16 also has a thicker midsole in the forefoot area than the Saucony Guide 8 with 1.8 mm extra for women and 2.3 mm for men. With sitting almost at the same distance from the road under the heel, the Saucony Guide 8 turns out to have a larger heel-to-toe drop than the Saucony Hurricane 16, making the Saucony Guide 8 feel more like a performance shoe than the Saucony Hurricane 16.

The outsole of the Saucony Guide 8 looks very much like that of the Saucony Hurricane 16, except for the part under the arch where the Saucony Guide 8 has a piece of plastic to reinforce the medial post and the Saucony Hurricane 16 just has rubber pieces under the medial post.

The crash pad is segmented under both running shoes and joins the forefoot at the midfoot to give you a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off. The joining is more seamless in the Saucony Guide 8 than it is in the Saucony Hurricane 16, though.

Whereas the Saucony Guide 8 has 7 main flex grooves in the forefoot, the Saucony Hurricane 16 has 5. The forefoot construction is similar with a fan-like shape that should offer good lateral flexibility.

However, running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Hurricane 16 is much more flexible than the Saucony Guide 8 for men, but that the Saucony Guide 8 is a little bit more flexible than the Saucony Hurricane 16 for women.

The women's version of the Saucony Hurricane 16 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), while the Saucony Guide 8 for women weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams). The men's version of the Saucony Hurricane 16 weighs about 11.2 oz (318 grams), and the Saucony Guide 8 for men weighs 10.1 oz (286 grams).

If you are a runner who requires some degree of stability and support from a running shoe and are looking for a running shoe that provides a good amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot with a smooth ride, then the Saucony Guide 8 would be the one to consider.

And if you are a runner who needs a whole lot of stability and support and want a running shoe that has a very cushy forefoot, then the Saucony Hurricane 16 would be the one to go with.

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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