Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 vs. Saucony Guide ISO review

Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 offers stability and support in a well-cushioned package. Saucony Guide ISO provides lots of stability and support to moderate overpronators...

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 and the Saucony Guide ISO fall in the same category of stability running shoes for moderate overpronators.

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The Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is listed as being built for moderate pronation, while the Saucony Guide ISO is listed as being engineered for mild to moderate pronation.

The uppers of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 and the Saucony Guide ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com look somewhat alike around the midfoot, where both come with ISOFIT.

However, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 has more overlays that connect the saddle to the midsole around the midfoot, and more mesh has been covered around the midfoot of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 compared to that of the Saucony Guide ISO.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 also comes with more support at the back, where it has a Support Frame, while the Saucony Guide ISO just comes with overlays at the back for extra support.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 has a bunion window that is more open than the one on the Saucony Guide ISO due to the fact that the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 does not have overlays running along the upper edge of the midsole under the toe box, except for the toecap at the front.

Therefore, your big and little toes might get a bit more room to move in the toe box of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 compared to that of the Saucony Guide ISO.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of support from the upper of either running shoe, but the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 is the one that delivers a bit more support and more comfort in the toe box.

The midsoles of the Saucony Guide ISO and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 are alike in that both come with a topsole of EVERUN cushioning.

The difference is that the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 also has a full-length EVERUN midsole.

Saucony lists the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 as delivering plush cushioning that lies high on the scale, while the Saucony Guide ISO is also listed as delivering plush cushioning but then low on the scale.

This might agree with lab tests, which have found that the Saucony Guide ISO has a cushy forefoot but that its heel cushioning is on the moderate to firm side.

Another difference between the midsoles of the two running shoes is that the medial post that is used to control overpronation is somewhat longer in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 than it is in the Saucony Guide ISO.

Both medial posts run high so should deliver a good amount of pronation control, but because of the length of the medial post of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 might be more suitable for runners who turn their feet inward at an early as well as at a late stage during the gait cycle.

The medial post of the Saucony Guide ISO lies somewhere in the middle of the gait cycle.

Both the Saucony Guide ISO and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 provide a good amount of ground contact right under the midfoot, which not only adds to the stability of the running shoes but also helps you to achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

In terms of amount of stability and support delivered, Saucony lists the two running shoes very close to each other, with the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 being listed just a couple of notches higher than the Saucony Guide ISO.

Lab tests generally do the same and say that they provide an above average amount of stability and support, but the Saucony Guide tends to win from the Saucony Hurricane ISO.

Personally, I would think that the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 would be more stable than the Saucony Guide ISO due to the construction of the upper of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 as well as the length of the medial post.

The rubber outsoles of the Saucony Guide ISO and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 are similar in forefoot pattern but differ in that the Saucony Guide ISO comes with wide horizontal flex grooves and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 comes with narrow vertical flex grooves.

The horizontal flex grooves under the Saucony Guide ISO are interrupted by rubber, except for the one at the very front of the outsole, so the Saucony Guide ISO does not really maximize its potential for being flexible.

Horizontal flex grooves are better for flexibility than vertical flex grooves, though. Nonetheless, lab tests have found the Saucony Guide ISO to be a stiff running shoe.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide ISO weighs approximately 8.9 oz (253 grams), and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 for women weighs 9.9 oz (281 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.5 oz (298 grams) and 11.2 oz (318 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide ISO being the lighter one.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 is a running shoe that would suit heavier runners who can deal with more weight and stiffness well.

The Saucony Guide ISO is good for lighter runners and runners who need a little or a moderate amount of stability and support.

Both the Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 and the Saucony Guide ISO are very stable running shoes that should be able to deliver a comfortable and smooth ride.

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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