Saucony Guide 9 vs. Saucony Hurricane ISO review

Saucony Guide 9 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to overpronators. Saucony Hurricane ISO delivers top-notch stability and support with a very cushy forefoot.

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

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Both the Saucony Guide 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Hurricane ISO have a mixture of no-sew and stitched-on overlays in their uppers, which makes them quite supportive running shoes.

However, the overlays of the Saucony Hurricane ISO are more sturdy, broad, and really wrap the midfoot on both sides.

Stitched-on overlays are mostly located on the medial side of the Saucony Guide 9 and pulled back enough to really open up the forefoot area where the Saucony Guide 9 has no-sew overlays running over it.

The ISOFIT overlays on the Saucony Hurricane ISO run quite far towards the front of the shoe, so the forefoot is not as open as in the Saucony Guide 9, which could cause a tight feeling in that area.

While the Saucony Guide 9 does not have a Support Frame like the Saucony Hurrican ISO does at the back of the shoe to help lock down the heel on the platform, you should get enough support there.

All in all, the Saucony Hurricane ISO provides a little bit more support through its upper than the Saucony Guide 9, but the Saucony Guide 9 may feel more comfortable, especially in the forefoot area.

The midsoles of the Saucony Guide 9 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO differ in construction and materials used.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO has a midsole that provides heel-to-toe cushioning with a crash pad under the heel to soften your landings.

The Saucony Guide 9 has a midsole that has a layer of bouncy foam on the top of the midsole, but just like the Saucony Hurricane ISO, the Saucony Guide 9 also has a crash pad under the heel to reduce impact.

The crash pads in both running shoes run till the midfoot, so they both have the potential to provide you with a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that both the Saucony Hurricane ISO and the Saucony Guide 9 provide almost an equal amount of forefoot cushioning with the Saucony Guide 9 being just a tad bit more cushy. The cushioning of both running shoes is almost to the max, though.

A big difference can be noted in the heel cushioning where the Saucony Guide 9 has a very cushy heel, while the heel cushioning of the Saucony Hurricane ISO is somewhat firm.

The cushioning properties are consistent in both the men's and women's versions of the running shoes.

Both running shoes also have a fairly long piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole to stop your foot from rolling too far inward, and provide stability and support.

The medial post runs higher in the Saucony Guide 9 than in the Saucony Hurricane ISO, but the medial post of the Saucony Hurricane ISO is slightly longer and runs almost till the back of the shoe as an indication that the Saucony Hurricane ISO provides slightly more pronation control.

The rubber outsole of the Saucony Hurricane ISO differs from that of the Saucony Guide 9 in layout of the rubber compartments. The Saucony Hurricane ISO has a fan-shape forefoot, while the Saucony Guide 9 has a zigzag pattern in the forefoot.

One might think that the latter would benefit the flexibility of the shoe, but running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Hurricane ISO and the Saucony Guide 9 are almost equally stiff for men, and that the Saucony Hurricane ISO is more flexible than the Saucony Guide 9 for women.

Both running shoes provide full ground contact under the midfoot for a smooth heel-to-toe transition and added stability, but the medial post of the Saucony Hurricane ISO is slightly wider and takes up more space, making the Saucony Hurricane ISO have a slightly broader and thus more stable platform than the Saucony Guide 9.

The Saucony Guide 9 displays more separation in the rubber under its crash pad and in general, so it might provide somewhat better shock dissipation for a smoother ride.

The women's version of the Saucony Hurricane ISO weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams) and the Saucony Guide 9 for women weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.6 oz (301 grams) and 10.0 oz (283 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 9 being the lightest.

If stability and support is what you are after, you could get that from either the Saucony Hurricane ISO or the Saucony Guide 9, since both running shoes provide tons of stability. The Saucony Hurricane ISO is just a notch higher than the Saucony Guide 9.

The main decision point would probably lie in whether you are a heel-striker or not, since the Saucony Guide 9 is better suited to heel-strikers than the Saucony Hurricane ISO.

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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