Saucony Hurricane ISO 5 Intro
The Saucony Hurricane Iso 5 is the top tier stability offering. The Hurricane Iso 5 is the 5th edition with ISOFIT, and the 22nd edition overall.
The Hurricanes have the most cushioning of their stability line and are first in line for tech upgrades. The Hurricanes compete with the Asics Kayano, Hoka One One Gaviota and the Brooks Transcend, retailing for $165.
Kayanos, Gaviotas and Mizuno Wave Horizons provide comparable stability. They all provide the maximum amount of stability and cushioning.
Saucony Hurricane ISO 5 First Impressions
The navy/chitron colorway and design grabbed my attention as soon as I opened the box. The different shades of blue make with the accents of citron on the top and bottom look great.
The asymmetrical design of the inner and outer sides of the upper follows a common Saucony pattern. The logos on the two sides of the shoe are different.
This adds another layer of appeal to the shoes. Their colorway reminded me of the pair of Omni Iso I reviewed this past summer.
Although a long time Saucony user, these are my first Hurricanes. Their plushness startled me. I am used to the balance of a firm and plush. The Hurricanes come in more plush than firm.
The shape of the shoe hugged the contours of my feet without being overbearing. My first run out of the box was a relaxed 6 miles on an indoor track. It was a bouncy, light ride from start to finish.
Saucony Hurricane ISO 5 Sole Unit
Saucony is a brand known for their Everrun topsoles and ISOFit upper technology. They have found a winning combination with these two technologies. Saucony implements small, effective changes in the Hurricane Iso 5.
The sole unit is comprised of the EVERUN midsole and 3 mm EVERUN topsole.The latest editions of the Guide and Omni have an EVERUN topsole that runs from right in front of the heel to the tips of the toes.
The Hurricane has an EVERUN midsole which runs the entire length of the shoe. The full length EVERUN gives you a cushioned ride which is different from other Saucony offerings. It also provides the shoe with an immediate broken in feeling.
I found myself and my stride getting too comfortable during runs in the Hurricanes.
It would relax my feet which would in turn relax my stride and slow me down. The sole unit is a tad heavy. I would use these for long runs and recovery days.
The Hurricanes have a more substantial medial post than the Omnis and Guides. It runs from the balls of your feet to the beginning of your heels.
They moved this forward in the shoe ever so slightly between the last edition and this one.
The medial post in this shoe may be too much for some, but I found it provided me with the stability I needed especially. It kept my form solid on longer runs.
The bottom of the Hurricane has Saucony’s common triflex design. Crystal rubber is the new material of the outsole.
It was developed to increase traction and durability while also providing the shoe with better flexibility. I found the crystal rubber handled all weather conditions I ran in:dry, snow and ice.
It also provide the shoe with an incredible amount of flexibility. The crystal rubber outsole, it’s first appearance, is thinner than the previous material used in the Hurricane series.
Since this was the case they added 2 mm to the midsole which provides more cushioning.
Saucony Hurricane ISO 5 Upper Unit
The upper of the Hurricanes set this shoe apart from the other max cushioned stability trainers out there. This is is the fifth edition with the ISOFit and they have made some small changes which have improved the upper as a whole.
They have taken the ISOFit technology – which is one of the best upper technologies – and made it even better in the Hurricane Iso 5.
They have taken away the overlays in the forefoot to improve both breathability and fit. The fit hugged the contours of my forefoot while at the same time allowing for the natural movement of my foot.
There are no overlays in the forefoot, which means no areas of irritation because of rubbing.
The double Jacquard mesh is used for the forefoot. I have had issues with previous material where holes would open up in the forefoot.
This material feels more durable and breathable than previous editions, though not as breathable as I would have liked.
The midfoot into the heel portion of the upper was tweaked some. They use 3d printed overlays to give the midfoot a little bit more structure.
This coupled with the ISOFit makes for one of the most comfortable uppers I have ran in. It provides the foot with right balance of structure, flexibility, durability and comfort.
It is a glove-like fit that molds to your foot while you run in it.
They have also reinforced the upper on the medial side heel to arch. This reinforcement helped provide the medial side of my heel and ankle stability while I was running.
It complimented the medial post in providing my feet the support I needed.
Along with the reinforcement, the heel counter did a phenomenal job of locking my heel in place during runs with the right amount of cushioning around the heel collar.
ISOFit is truly one the biggest strengths of the Hurricanes. These shoes adapted to me as I adapted to them.
They adapted to my feet, providing flexibility, durability and comfort on every run I took them on. The only drawback to the upper I found was it slightly lacked breathability.
Saucony Hurricane ISO 5 Conclusion
This is my first pair of Saucony Hurricanes I have run in. I am starting to think Saucony doesn’t make a mediocre shoe in their stability lineup.
The Hurricanes are built for miles. This worked for me because I average five miles every time I lace up.
Saucony has a way of developing game changing technologies like the EVERUN topsole and ISOFit designed upper. Over time, only small changes are made.
This was certainly the case for the Hurricane Iso 5 with the new outsole material and reinforcements to the upper.
The combination of the EVERUN topsole and ISOFit are a perfect match. The full length EVERUN midsole and topsole make every run cushioned and comfortable. EVERUN excels at energy return, no matter the distance.
I have reviewed the Saucony Omni and Guide this past year and said it makes running feel natural.
The same could be said about the Hurricane Iso 5, with the added benefit of increased comfort provided by the full length EVERUN midsole and topsole.
Every time I laced up the Hurricanes, I knew it my feet were going to be taken care of and that it was going to be an enjoyable run.
The ISOFIT upper is the true star of the shoe. It molds and adapts to my feet very quickly. It hugged my feet in the right areas and allows for natural movement of my feet during my stride.
The reinforcements to certain areas, especially the medial side heel and arch, have improved the overall stability of the shoe. These reinforcements along with the medial post make the Hurricane a stable ride.
This shoes are a little heavier than some of its competitors. I also found this Hurricane to be better suited for longer runs along with recovery days which also is a small drawback.
Overall, the Hurricane Iso 5 is an impressive max cushioned stability.
The combination of technologies are an ideal combination which work together to provide you with a enjoyable every time you slip them on and hit the road. All of the strengths justify the high price tag of the Hurricanes.
If you are looking for a max stability trainer to take you on mile after mile, I suggest the Hurricane Iso 5. They would make the miles comfortable, from your first mile to your last.
We purchased a pair of Saucony Hurricane ISO 5 from runningwarehouse using our own money. This did not influence the outcome of this review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.