Saucony Omni 14 vs. Saucony Hurricane ISO review

Saucony Omni 14 and Saucony Hurricane ISO offer lots of stability and support to overpronators in lightweight packages. They are very similar, but still differ a bit...

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The Saucony Omni 14 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO are stability running shoes with Saucony placing the Saucony Omni 14 at the higher end of the stability category and the Saucony Hurricane ISO somewhere in the middle.

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However, this does not mean that the Saucony Hurricane ISO is less stable, because stability starts in the upper where the Saucony Hurricane ISO has ISOFIT overlays wrapping the midfoot over a layer of sock-like mesh.

These overlays are broad and sturdy, so will give you a good amount of support around the midfoot.

The Saucony Omni 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com does not have an ISOFIT upper, but does implement sturdy stitched-on overlays especially on the medial side of the shoe along with Sauc-Fit and at the back of the shoe.

So the Saucony Omni 14 is also expected to give you a good lockdown around the midfoot.

Both the Saucony Hurricane ISO and the Saucony Omni 14 are similar in that they have light no-sew overlays running over the toe box to give structure and support there.

However, the toe box of the Saucony Omni 14 is more open than that of the Saucony Hurricane ISO, since the sturdier overlays of the Saucony Omni 14 have been pulled back to really open up the forefoot area.

Therefore, the Saucony Omni 14 may feel a bit more comfortable than the Saucony Hurricane ISO, especially as you move more towards the front of the foot, since all overlays in that area are unlikely to cause irritation.

But as far as the amount of support provided in the upper goes, the Saucony Hurricane ISO may win in that department.

The Saucony Omni 14 implements an older type of midsole foam than the Saucony Hurricane ISO, which has a PWRGRID+ midsole that is supposed to provide 20% more cushioning than the PowerGrid midsole of the Saucony Omni 14.

However, this does not mean that the Saucony Hurricane ISO is more cushy than the Saucony Omni 14, since running shoe lab tests have shown that while both running shoes are almost equally super cusy in the forefoot, the Saucony Omni 14 is a bit more cushy than the Saucony Hurricane ISO in the heel for both men and women.

Both the Saucony Hurricane ISO and the Saucony Omni 14 are meant to provide stability and support. This comes in the form of a piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole and a crash pad under the heel.

The medial post in the Saucony Omni 14 is about the same length as that in the Saucony Hurricane ISO, but goes much higher till under the foot.

This means that you can expect to get a slightly stronger degree of pronation control from the Saucony Omni 14 than from the Saucony Hurricane ISO.

Both running shoes have a beveled and nicely rounded and well-segmented crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot to provide you with a soft landing and smooth transition to toe-off thereafter.

Both running shoes also provide full ground contact to give you a nice and stable ride. However, the base of the Saucony Omni 14 is a bit wider than that of the Saucony Hurricane ISO, so suitable for runners who have slightly wider feet.

The outsoles of the Saucony Hurricane ISO and the Saucony Omni 14 look very similar in construction. The forefoot has blown rubber and a fan-shaped construction with deep flex grooves.

But despite the flex grooves and blown rubber in the forefoot, both running shoes are on the less flexible end of the spectrum. For men, the Saucony Hurricane ISO is a bit stiffer than the Saucony Omni 14.

For women, it is the other way around with the Saucony Omni 14 being much stiffer than the Saucony Hurricane ISO.

The women's version of the Saucony Hurricane ISO weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams) and the Saucony Omni 14 also weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Hurricane ISO weighs about 10.6 oz (301 grams), and the Saucony Omni 14 for men weighs 10.5 oz (298 grams).

Both the Saucony Hurricane ISO and the Saucony Omni 14 come close to each other with the amount of stability and support they provide.

If you are a heel-striker, have slightly wider feet, and need a slightly stronger degree of pronation control, the Saucony Omni 14 may suit you better than the Saucony Hurricane ISO.

Otherwise, either running shoe could meet the needs of runners who moderately overpronate.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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