Saucony Stabil CS3 vs. Saucony Hurricane ISO review

Saucony Stabil CS3 is a motion control running shoe that provides a soft and smooth ride. Saucony Hurricane ISO provides tons of stability and support with a very cushy forefoot...

The Saucony Stabil CS3 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO are stability running shoes from Saucony with the Saucony Stabil CS3 being a motion control running shoe.

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The Saucony Hurricane ISO implements newer technologies than the Saucony Stabil CS3.

It starts in the upper, where the Saucony Hurricane ISO has ISOFIT to wrap the midfoot with broad overlays and mesh that fits like a sock around your foot.

This is not only beneficial for the fit, but also for the amount of support you get.

The Saucony Stabil CS3 does not lag too far behind, though, because it provides Sauc-Fit on the medial side of the shoe with broad overlays to provide a secure fit around the midfoot.

But all-in-all, the ISOFIT overlays are still more plentiful than the overlays on the Saucony Stabil CS3, so the Saucony Hurricane ISO should provide more support in its upper than the Saucony Stabil CS3 does.

Support continues at the back of the shoes where both the Saucony Hurricane ISO and the Saucony Stabil CS3 have a Support Frame to lock the heel in place.

However, the Support Frame of the Saucony Hurricane ISO wraps the whole heel, while that of the Saucony Stabil CS3 just cups the heel. So again, you can expect to get better support from the Saucony Hurricane ISO in that area.

One last difference is that the Saucony Hurricane ISO has no-sew overlays running over its toe box, while the Saucony Stabil CS3 consists entirely of sturdy stitched-on overlays.

The no-sew overlays in the Saucony Hurricane ISO should allow your feet to feel more comfortable and less restricted in the toe box and also cause less irritation.

The midsoles of the Saucony Stabil CS3 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO both provide heel-to-toe cushioning, but that of the Saucony Hurricane ISO is an updated version of the midsole of the Saucony Stabil CS3 and provides 20% more cushioning.

However, this does not automatically make the Saucony Hurricane ISO cushier than the Saucony Stabil CS3. The heel of the Saucony Hurricane ISO is a little bit thinner than that of the Saucony Stabil CS3.

And running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Hurricane ISO has a somewhat firmer heel than the Saucony Stabil CS3.

So if you are looking for a running shoe that is good for heel-strikers, the Saucony Stabil CS3 would suit you better than the Saucony Hurricane ISO.

Both running shoes have a well-segmented crash pad that runs till the midfoot, but the integration with the forefoot is more seamless in the Saucony Hurricane ISO than it is in the Saucony Stabil CS3.

The crash pad should provide you with a soft landing. And then when your foot rolls in, there is a piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the shoes to stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

This piece of foam runs higher in the Saucony Stabil CS3 than it does in the Saucony Hurricane ISO and is overall also much wider when you look at it from the bottom of the shoe.

So you can expect the Saucony Stabil CS3 to provide you with a stronger degree of pronation control than the Saucony Hurricane ISO, which is expected since the Saucony Stabil CS3 is a motion control running shoe.

The bigger post also makes the base of the Saucony Stabil CS3 wider than that of the Saucony Hurricane ISO. However, both running shoes are very stable running shoes, since they both provide full ground contact.

The rubber lugs in the outsoles of the two Saucony running shoes also follow a similar pattern, especially in the forefoot where they are fan-shaped. This should provide you with good lateral flexibility during toe-off.

While both the Saucony Hurricane ISO and the Saucony Stabil CS3 have deep flex grooves in the forefoot for flexibility, they do not run as efficiently to make them very flexible running shoes.

In addition, running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Hurricane ISO is pretty stiff for men, but more flexible than the Saucony Stabil CS3 for women. The Saucony Stabil CS3 has an average flexibility for both men and women.

The women's version of the Saucony Stabil CS3 weighs approximately 9.9 oz (281 grams) and the Saucony Hurricane ISO for women weighs 8.7 oz (247 grams). The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 11.9 oz (337 grams) and 10.6 oz (301 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Hurricane ISO being the lightest.

For a running shoe that is technically not a motion control running shoe, the Saucony Hurricane ISO matches up well against the Saucony Stabil CS3.

Apart for the firmer heel cushioning, the Saucony Hurricane ISO can rival the Saucony Stabil CS3 any day in support and stability, and provide it all at a lighter weight.

But if you are looking for a uniformly well-cushioned running shoe that provides lots of stability and is relatively flexible, the Saucony Stabil CS3 would be a better option 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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