Saucony Omni 15 vs. Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 review

Saucony Omni 15 provides a very stable and supportive ride with a good amount of cushioning. Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 offers lots of support and a soft ride to overpronators.

The Saucony Omni 15 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 are stability running shoes with Saucony placing the Saucony Omni 15 at the higher end of the stability category and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 somewhere in the middle, but the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 is placed higher where cushioning is concerned.

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The biggest difference between the uppers of the Saucony Omni 15 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 is the presence of ISOFIT overlays in the upper of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

These overlays are broad and hug the midfoot well. In addition, they continue from the midfoot toward the back of the shoe to provide a good wrap around the heel and a lot of support from midfoot to heel.

The Saucony Omni 15 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com does not have ISOFIT overlays in its upper. Instead, it comes with sturdy stitched-on overlays that do something similar as the ISOFIT overlays in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 by hugging the midfoot and wrapping the heel.

So in the end, both running shoes achieve a similar effect, although the overlays in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 have a larger coverage than the overlays in the Saucony Omni 15.

What is also similar are the light no-sew overlays running on the toe box of both running shoes. However, one difference at the front of the shoes is the fact that the sturdier overlays are more pulled back on the Saucony Omni 15 than they are on the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2.

So the forefoot of the Saucony Omni 15 is more open than that of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 and thus also provides more comfort, especially around the bunion window.

Both the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 and the Saucony Omni 15 come with extra support around the heel in the form of an external piece. This external heel counter is larger in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 and cups the heel better than the two side pieces around the heel of the Saucony Omni 15.

Nonetheless, both running shoes provide a lot of support in their uppers and should keep the feet of overpronators well in place.

What is also similar in the two running shoes is that they provide pronation control through the use of a long, firmer piece of foam on the medial side of the midsole.

This medial post has a similar length in the two running shoes but runs higher in the Saucony Omni 15 than it does in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2.

In addition, the medial post has an elevated part just under the arch of the Saucony Omni 15, which increases the amount and degree of pronation control that the Saucony Omni 15 provides above the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2.

Both the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 and the Saucony Omni 15 come with a crash pad on the lateral side to slow down initial impact.

The crash pad of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 differs in that it is inserted between the midsole foam instead of going all the way down to the outsole like in the Saucony Omni 15. The effect should be similar, though.

Another difference between the midsoles of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 and the Saucony Omni 15 is the way the EVERUN topsole has been laid out.

In the Saucony Omni 15, it has been uniformly spread just under the sockliner in both the heel and the forefoot, while in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 it is present in the forefoot just under the sockliner but inserted in the landing zone in the heel.

This causes a slightly different cushioning profile between the two running shoes.

Running shoe lab tests indicate that both the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 and the Saucony Omni 15 have very cushy forefeet and an equal amount of forefoot cushioning for both men and women.

The main differences between the cushioning can be spotted in the heel. For women, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 turns out to provide a small amount more heel cushioning than the Saucony Omni 15 with both running shoes being on the high end of heel cushioning.

For men, the Saucony Omni 15 provides more heel cushioning than the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2. Both running shoes provide above average heel cushioning, but the Saucony Omni 15 lies closer to the highest end than the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2.

Both the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 and the Saucony Omni 15 display a good amount of separation in their outsoles with a similar rubber pattern in their forefeet.

Both also display a good amount of ground contact, which should benefit the stability of the running shoes and the smoothness of your ride.

Running shoe lab tests show that while both running shoes lie on the stiffer end of the spectrum, the Saucony Omni 15 is more flexible than the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 for both men and women.

The women's version of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), and the Saucony Omni 15 also weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 weighs about 10.9 oz (309 grams), and the Saucony Omni 15 for men weighs 10.6 oz (301 grams).

If you are an overpronator who is looking for a lot of stability and support from a running shoe, you could go with either the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 or the Saucony Omni 15.

The Saucony Omni 15 is a bit more stable and supportive than the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 so is good for runners who border needing a motion control running shoe.

Depending on your cushioning needs and preferences, one or the other may suit you better. Female heel-strikers may prefer the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2, while male heel-strikers may want to look into the Saucony Omni 15.

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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