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Saucony’s Bouncy Hurricane 23 Gets a Touch Lighter and More Supportive

Tweaks beyond just the midsole give this ultra-plush trainer a stability boost.

saucony hurricane 23
Lakota Gambill

The RW Takeaway: Built for easy days and long runs, the Hurricane 23 offers overpronators resilient, protective cushioning with a bouncy ride to chase high mileage.

  • Thick ultra-plush cushioning feels soft, but not mushy.
  • Outsole swaps crystal rubber for a grippier, more premium carbon rubber.
  • Fit is now true-to-size; testers said the 22 felt about a half size long.

    Price: $160
    Type:
    Stability Road
    Weight:
    9.7 oz (W), 11.4 oz (M)
    Drop:
    8 mm

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    Stability isn’t dying—it’s evolving, in both the techniques brands are using to build their shoes and in the ways we’re learning to think about the idea of “stability” itself. For example, a stable running shoe doesn’t necessarily come by medial post alone anymore. Rather, brands and biomechanists now experiment with a shoe’s geometry; widening its base, flaring out the heel, or tweaking the drop in addition to altering cushioning density can affect a shoe’s supportiveness. Whichever the method, the focus is supporting the stride you’ve already got, rather than overcorrecting to achieve one you don’t (as did the overly aggressive “motion control” models of yore). Ideally, we’ll talk about stability as a quality that a shoe has, much like its softness or flexibility, rather than an as a distinct category of shoes on its own.

    Hurricane 23
    Saucony amazon.com
    $160.00
    $136.49 (15% off)

    • More supportive and slightly lighter than the Hurricane 22
    • Pwrrun+ midsole delivers above average energy return, according to RW Lab data

    • Thick upper runs warm
    • Still a fairly heavy daily trainer

    Brooks recently changed its language around stability with the new naming of GTS (Go-To-Support) versions of originally neutral shoe models. The idea is preserving the ride and experience of a neutral shoe, but still meeting runners where they’re at with an added stability feature in the form of guidance rails, rather than offering runners a different shoe entirely. (And, also important, without bumping up the price tag for it.) Another example is Saucony’s Hurricane, which despite being around for 23 versions, has still shown that it can evolve with the new science and research findings. This version has overhauled the midsole geometry, outsole design, and upper construction for a more stable ride—but it keeps the foam testers loved in the 22nd version. Overall, the Hurricane now feels more like a supportive twist on an Editors’ Choice award-winning shoe, the ultra-plush and bouncy Triumph.

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    Made from fused TPU beads, Pwrrun+ foam isn’t hard, but it’s denser than what you’d find on a light and pillowy Hoka.
    Lakota Gambill

    More Stable Than Speedy

    Saucony’s TPU guidance frame is almost a hybrid between guide rail and medial post. Like guide rails, it lives as a separate piece made from a different material than the midsole foam. (Many posts are just denser portions of the midsole, which can sometimes feel hard and blocky.) Still, its physical location resembles a medial post, lining the inner edge of the shoe only, rather than bumpering both sides of the foot like guidance rails. This approach isn’t especially new, but now Saucony has layered more foam between your foot and the plastic frame itself, princess-and-the-pea style. With the thick slab of bouncy Pwrrun+ blunting any intrusive feeling from the frame, the midsole felt even more supportive than than the Guide 14 to our testers.

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    The Hurricane 22’s outsole used mostly crystal rubber, with Saucony’s more durable XT-900 variety at the heel and toe only. 
    Lakota Gambill
    saucony hurricane 23
    Deeper, extended guidance grooves (and more of them) improve the flexibility and support of the 23’s fully carbon rubber outsole.  
    Lakota Gambill

    Extra Overlays Up Top, More Rubber Down Below

    Compared to Saucony’s other stability offerings, the Hurricane is currently the most cushioned as well as the most supportive. The latter comes partially from elements beyond just the midsole, like a deepened outsole flex groove and thicker overlays. These reinforced areas on the upper essentially pick up the support where the guidance frame ends by recruiting more structure to the midfoot and heel. Bolstered eyelets and two pairs of additional holes (instead of just one) let our testers lock in a secure, snug fit with the ability to fine-tune the lacing. “The Hurricane felt a bit too snug across the top of the foot, so I had to play around with the lacing to find the sweet spot. This is often an issue for me, which leads me to believe it may be more specific to my foot than the shoe itself,” one tester said.

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    Testers found the guidance frame and overlays supported their strides, but didn’t make them feel like they were being muscled around by the shoe.
    Lakota Gambill

    Will Neutral Runners Like It?

    Between its additional TPU frame and thicker overlays, the Hurricane 23 adds some heft (and a $10 price bump) to its neutral counterpart, the Triumph. Though still accessible to neutral runners, it’s likely not worth the extra weight if the added stability isn’t essential for you. We’d recommend grabbing the men’s or women’s Triumph 18 instead. You’ll keep all the cushioning, gain a bit more forefoot flexibility, and save some cash.

    More Wear Tester Feedback

    Scott H. | Tester since 2014
    Arch: Flat | Gait: Overpronator | Footstrike: Heel

    “The support is phenomenal—it’s the to our testerst may actually be slightly more stability than I need. I have had several knee surgeries and some other nagging injuries in recent years, and the Hurricane gave me total confidence in my training runs that I would not be subjecting myself to further issues. This shoe allows me to push myself when required because I feel 100% confident running in this shoe in terms of injury prevention. Overall, it checks most of, if not all, the boxes for what I look for in a shoe—supportive and comfortable and has plenty of cushioning without feeling mushy.”

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