Saucony Guide 8 vs. Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 review

Saucony Guide 8 strikes a good balance between cushioning, guidance, and support. Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 offers lots of stability, support, and cushioning to overpronators...

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The Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 fall in the same category of stability running shoes with the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 lying at the higher end of stability.

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The first obvious difference between the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 and the Saucony Guide 8 is that the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has ISOFIT overlays wrapping the midfoot and the Saucony Guide 8 does not.

The Saucony Guide 8 has sturdy stitched-on overlays wrapping the midfoot and the heel. In addition, there are more overlays on the medial side where overpronators tend to need the most support.

However, these overlays cannot beat the support delivered by the overlays and the external heel counter at the back of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 .

Both running shoes have light welded-on overlays running over the toe box but the bunion window is more covered in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 than it is in the Saucony Guide 8, so the Saucony Guide 8 may feel a bit more comfortable in that area.

In addition, the stitched-on overlay on the medial side of the Saucony Guide 8 is more pulled back than the overlay on the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2, which again should increase the comfort that the Saucony Guide 8 provides in the forefoot area.

Both the Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles but the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 comes with a layer of softer foam at the top of the midsole on the lateral side and another piece in the heel.

However, this does not make the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 super cushy compared to the Saucony Guide 8 because running shoe lab tests have shown while the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 is super cushy and more cushy than the Saucony Guide 8 for women, the Saucony Guide 8 does not lag far behind.

The Saucony Guide 8 delivers quite a good amount of cushioning. And for men, the amount of forefoot cushioning is about the same in both running shoes.

The amount of heel cushioning comes close to each other with the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 having just a tad bit more heel cushioning than the Saucony Guide 8.

So all in all, both running shoes come close to each other where the amount of cushioning is concerned with the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 having just a slight edge on the Saucony Guide 8.

The portion of softer foam in the heel of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 serves the same purpose as the crash pad under the Saucony Guide 8, which helps soften your landings and provides you with a smooth transition to toe-off thereafter, since the crash zones join the forefoot at the midfoot.

What is also similar is the fact that both running shoes come with a piece of firmer foam on the medial side to control overpronation.

This piece of firmer foam runs higher in the Saucony Guide 8 but is longer in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2, so in the end, both may wind up delivering a similar degree of pronation control.

The Saucony Guide 8 has a midfoot shank that reinforces the medial post but prevents the midsole from touching the ground under the arch.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2, on the other hand, does not have a midfoot shank and is filled to the ground under the arch, which in turn increases the stability of the running shoe.

The rubber outsole of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 differs from that of the Saucony Guide 8 mainly in the pattern of the rubber compartments in the forefoot.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 has a zigzag pattern that goes from side to side and the Saucony Guide 8 has a fan-shaped pattern where the flex grooves do not always reach the other side.

The latter does not affect the flexibility of the running much according to running shoe lab tests, because the Saucony Guide 8 turns out to be somewhat more flexible than the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 for women. However, for men, both running shoes are on the stiff side.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 8 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams) and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 for women weighs 9.0 oz (255 grams) .

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 10.9 oz (309 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 8 being the lighter one.

If you are an overpronator looking for a running shoe that provides tons of stability and support, you could go with either the Saucony Guide 8 or the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2, bearing in mind that the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 was meant to provide more stability and support than the Saucony Guide 8.

It does so by having a slightly more supportive upper, a slightly straighter base, and slightly more ground contact than the Saucony Guide 8. The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 is also more suitable for heavier runners.

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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