Saucony Guide 8 vs. Saucony Hurricane ISO review

Saucony Guide 8 strikes a good balance between cushioning, guidance, and support. Saucony Hurricane ISO provides tons of stability and support with a very cushy forefoot...

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The Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO are stability running shoes from Saucony with the Saucony Hurricane ISO intended to provide more support than the Saucony Guide 8.

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Support starts in the upper of the Saucony Hurricane ISO through its ISOFIT upper that has broad overlays wrapping the midfoot to lock the foot down, but also allow it to move with the shoe.

The Saucony Guide 8 does not have as broad overlays wrapping the midfoot, but it does have sturdy traditional stitched-on overlays around the midfoot, so should provide you with a secure fit.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Guide 8 are similar in that they have no-sew welded-on overlays running over the mesh on the toe box to provide light structure and support there.

Another difference – apart from the ISOFIT – is the support frame at the back of the Saucony Hurricane ISO that locks the heel down on the running platform.

The Saucony Guide 8 does not have a support frame, but rather sturdy overlays wrapping the heel. It is clear that the Saucony Hurricane ISO is meant to provide heavy-duty support and a fimer lock down through its upper than the Saucony Guide 8.

The midsoles of the Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO are very similar in that they both provide heel-to-toe cushioning.

The PWRGRID+ midsole of the Saucony Hurricane ISO is an updated version of the PowerGrid midsole of the Saucony Guide 8, and is intended to provide more cushioning.

This does not automatically translate to the Saucony Hurricane ISO being more cushy than the Saucony Guide 8, though.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO has a thicker midsole in the forefoot than the Saucony Guide 8, making it a bit more cushy in that area for both men and women.

But running shoe lab tests have shown that the cushioning is a bit firm in the heel of the Saucony Hurricane ISO when compared to the Saucony Guide 8.

So if you are looking for an overall cushy running shoe or if you are a heel-striker, then the Saucony Guide 8 would be a better option than the Saucony Hurricane ISO.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO is all about stability and support. And for this it comes with a fairly long post on the medial side of the shoe that prevents your foot from rolling too far inward after heel-strike.

The Saucony Guide 8 also has such a medial post, but it is much shorter, so you can expect to get a stronger degree of pronation control from the Saucony Hurricane ISO than from the Saucony Guide 8.

Both running shoes come with a well-segmented and beveled crash pad under the heel that runs on the lateral side till the midfoot.

The rearfoot and the forefoot are well-joined at the midfoot in both the Saucony Hurricane ISO and the Saucony Guide 8, so you can expect to get a smooth ride from either running shoe.

When you look at the outsoles of the two running shoes, you can see a lot of similarities between them.

They both provide good ground contact, but the Saucony Hurricane ISO provides more ground contact than the Saucony Guide 8, because it does not have a midfoot shank on the medial side like the Saucony Guide 8 does.

And more ground contact generally means a more stable running shoe in addition to a smoother ride, and not too mention good support under the arch as the Saucony Hurricane ISO provides. So you can expect to get a bit more stability from the Saucony Hurricane ISO.

The fan-shaped forefoot rubber pattern is very similar in the Saucony Hurricane ISO and the Saucony Guide 8, with the Saucony Guide 8 having a few more but narrower flex grooves than the Saucony Hurricane ISO.

However, running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Hurricane ISO is a bit more flexible than the Saucony Guide 8 for women, but that the two running shoes are almost equally as stiff for men.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 8 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams) and the Saucony Hurricane ISO for women weighs 8.7 oz (247 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 10.6 oz (301 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 8 being the lightest.

Making a choice between the Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO is not that difficult. Both running shoes have similar qualities and provide similar things. The main differences are in the amount of cushioning and support you are looking for.

If you are looking for a very stable and supportive running shoe, because you overpronate a lot but not too excessively, then the Saucony Hurricane ISO would be the one to look into.

And if you are looking for a running shoe that provides a good amount of support and an overall soft ride, then the Saucony Guide 8 could fit the bill.

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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