Saucony Guide 9 vs. Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 review

Saucony Guide 9 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to overpronators. Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 delivers top-notch stability and a well-cushioned ride...

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The Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 are stability running shoes with the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 being at a higher end of stability and support than the Saucony Guide 9.

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The uppers of the Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO differ quite a bit from each other.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has sturdy ISOFIT overlays on both sides of the midfoot, while the Saucony Guide 9 has stitched-on overlays on the medial side and no-sew overlays on the lateral side.

The overlays that wrap the midfoot in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 continue around the heel to really lock your foot down on the running platform.

And while the Saucony Guide 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com just provides a supportive overlay at the back of the shoe, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 has a support frame at the back that cups the heel.

Both the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 and the Saucony Guide 9 have very light welded-on overlays running over the toe box, but because the sturdier overlays run further forward on the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 than they do on the Saucony Guide 9, the Saucony Guide 9 is expected to feel more comfortable in the toe box.

All in all, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 has a much more supportive upper than the Saucony Guide 9, but the Saucony Guide 9 provides a good amount of support in all the right places.

The Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles and both have an EVERUN topsole construction, which adds softness right under your foot.

In the heel, they also both have a landing zone to soften impact at heel-strike. This landing zone is in the form of a more traditional crash pad in the Saucony Guide 9 that joins the forefoot at the midfoot to provide a smoother transition to toe-off.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 does the same, but the landing zone sits in between midsole foam instead of extending all the way to the ground as it does in the Saucony Guide 9.

As far as cushioning goes, running shoe lab tests show that both the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 and the Saucony Guide 9 have a very cushy forefoot for both men and women.

The heel cushioning differs in the two running shoes between the genders, with the Saucony Guide 9 being more cushy for men and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2, more cushy for women.

The difference in heel cushioning is larger for men than it is for women, so if you are a male heel-striker, you may want to look into the Saucony Guide 9 more than the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 sits higher off the ground than the Saucony Guide 9, so it gives you lots of protection from the road. The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 also has a slightly larger heel-to-toe drop; about 2.3 mm more for women and 2.5 mm more for men than the Saucony Guide 9.

Both the Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 provide pronation control through a piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole. This medial post is longer in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2, but runs higher in the Saucony Guide 9.

They are both nicely positioned under the arch, but the pronation control may kick in earlier in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 than in the Saucony Guide 9, since the medial post of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 runs further toward the back.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look very similar with just a few minor differences.

The Saucony Guide 9 has a great deal of segmentation in its rubber under its crash pad, while the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 has less segmentation in that area. This allows the Saucony Guide 9 to provide a smoother touchdown that is less affected by shock.

The medial post takes up a large part of the outsole in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 than it does in the Saucony Guide 9. It also makes the medial side of the outsole a bit straighter in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2, so increases the stability of the shoe.

One similarity is that both running shoes have a zigzag flex groove pattern in the forefoot. This does not help much with flexibility, though, since both running shoes are also very cushy in the forefoot.

Running shoe lab tests show that the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 and the Saucony Guide 9 are almost equally stiff for men, but that the Saucony Guide 9 is just a tad more flexible than the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 for women.

The women's version of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams) and the Saucony Guide 9 for women weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams). The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.9 oz (309 grams) and 10.0 oz (283 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 9 being the lightest.

If you are an overpronator who is looking for a running shoe that provides tons of stability and support as well as a cushy ride, you could go with either the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 or the Saucony Guide 9.

However, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 provides just a tad more support both in its upper as well as in terms of pronation control.

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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