Saucony Hurricane 16 vs. ISO review

Saucony Hurricane 16 provides lots of stability and cushioning to heavier runners. Saucony Hurricane ISO improves on the fit and the road feel of the Saucony Hurricane 16...

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The Saucony Hurricane 16 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO are running shoes that are good for heavier runners who require lots of stability and support.

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The biggest change when going from the Saucony Hurricane 16 to the Saucony Hurricane ISO is in the upper.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO comes with an ISOFIT upper, which consists largely of no-sew overlays that wrap around your midfoot with a plush open mesh sleeve on the inside that fits like a sock around your foot.

ISOFIT provides stability and support in the upper, but it also moves and adapts to your foot.

When you compare this to the Saucony Hurricane 16, you can immediately see that the Saucony Hurricane ISO has more overlays around the midfoot.

In fact, it is almost entirely covered by overlays with the toe box still being open and with very light welded-on overlays running over it to provide structure and support there.

The Saucony Hurricane 16 has mostly traditional stitched-on overlays and a broader overlay and Sauc-Fit on the medial side of the shoe.

While the upper of the Saucony Hurricane ISO is not necessarily more secure than that of the Saucony Hurricane 16, it should provide a closer-to-foot feel and should not cause irritation, since most of it is no-sew.

In addition, the support frame at the back of the Saucony Hurricane 16 has been updated in the Saucony Hurricane ISO, and now cups the heel better and serves as a sturdy heel counter that should keep your heel firmly locked down on the running platform.

The next difference between the Saucony Hurricane 16 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO can be found in the midsole where the PowerGrid midsole in the Saucony Hurricane 16 has been updated and replaced by a PWRGRID+ midsole in the Saucony Hurricane ISO that provides 20% more cushioning and better durability than the PowerGrid midsole.

However, the amount of cushioning delivered by the midsole will not be felt as a huge difference, since the thickness of the midsole of the Saucony Hurricane ISO has been reduced compared to that of the Saucony Hurricane 16.

The midsole of the Saucony Hurricane ISO is 1 mm thinner in the heel and 0.5 mm thinner in the forefoot than that of the Saucony Hurricane 16 for women. For men, the differences are 0.2 mm in the heel and 1 mm in the forefoot, with the Saucony Hurricane ISO having the thinner midsole.

This means that the Saucony Hurricane 16 will feel somewhat softer under your foot than the Saucony Hurricane ISO, but that the Saucony Hurricane ISO is closer to the ground, so should feel more responsive.

Further changes in the midsole include the crash pad under the heel. It now occupies a much larger area of the midsole of the Saucony Hurricane ISO and connects better with the forefoot at the midfoot, so should provide you with a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off than the Saucony Hurricane 16.

The crash pad under both shoes are well-segmented and rounded for good shock absorption at heel-strike, although that of the Saucony Hurricane 16 is a bit rounder.

On the medial side of the shoe, Saucony has maintained the long firmer piece of foam that is intended to stop your foot from rolling in too far inward after heel-strike and before toe-off. This medial post runs a little bit higher in the Saucony Hurricane ISO, but the degree of pronation control should feel similar as in the Saucony Hurricane 16.

The outsoles of the Saucony Hurricane 16 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO look pretty similar. The main changes have been in the configuration and shape of the rubber compartments of the crash pad.

The crash pad consists of 4 rubber compartment in the Saucony Hurricane ISO with one under the midfoot, while it consists of 3 compartments in the Saucony Hurricane 16 with a less efficient joining of the rearfoot to the forefoot at the midfoot.

And the rubber under the medial post displays the name "saucony" under the Saucony Hurricane ISO.

The forefoot of the Saucony Hurricane ISO still consists of blown rubber just like that of the Saucony Hurricane 16, but the rubber configuration has changed somewhat.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO has an extra vertical flex groove compared to the Saucony Hurricane 16, which should help the lateral flexibility of the shoe. And the side-to-side flex grooves run more efficiently in the Saucony Hurricane ISO.

But running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Hurricane ISO is pretty stiff for men, but is more flexible than the Saucony Hurricane 16 for women, which means that heavier women may appreciate and should be able to handle the Saucony Hurricane 16 and heavier men the Saucony Hurricane ISO.

If you are a lighter female, you may want to consider the Saucony Hurricane ISO more than the Saucony Hurricane 16, and lighter men the opposite.

The women's version of the Saucony Hurricane 16 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), while the Saucony Hurricane ISO for women weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams). The men's version of the Saucony Hurricane 16 weighs about 11.2 oz (318 grams), and the Saucony Hurricane ISO for men weighs 10.6 oz (301 grams).

If you are a runner looking for a running shoe that provides tons of stability and support, you are at the right address with either the Saucony Hurricane 16 or the Saucony Hurricane ISO.

If heel cushioning is your thing, you may want to favor the Saucony Hurricane 16 above the Saucony Hurricane ISO. And if you are looking for smoother transitions from heel-strike to toe-off, the Saucony Hurricane ISO should be able to deliver that more than the Saucony Hurricane 16.

Other than that, these two shoes are very similar except for their uppers with the Saucony Hurricane ISO having a higher potential of locking your foot down on the platform more than the Saucony Hurricane 16, and the differences in flexibility between males and females.

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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