The Saucony Hurricane brand has been one of their longest running shoe designs, a shoe noted for having excellent stability that is more than desirable for the maintenance and distance runner. As with most other products Saucony is producing at the moment, this is not so much innovation as renovation, taking the much loved Hurricane 14 and tweaking the design for Saucony to suit there needs. This works both ways though, and what you get is a well balanced shoe that will fulfil most of your running needs.
The Saucony Hurricane 15 is not the newest of shoes on the market and its design does reflect this somewhat. It has very much so the classical running trainer look with a high heel combined with a mix of materials that can look a little lumpy in transition. Unlike some other brands, however, the color scheme that Saucony chose to use with the Saucony Hurricane 15 is actually surprisingly effective, especially when the shoe is in motion. Their mix of steel and bright colors works incredibly well and takes your eye away from the rather odd weighting look. Of particular note is the design around the heel of the shoe, utilizing a very eye catching synthetic overlay to really grab your attention when behind a user of this shoe.
The mesh utilized throughout the walls and covering of the Saucony Hurricane 15 is the same dual mesh seen in previous incarnations, which means the shoe will feel immediately recognizable. There is good breathability and structure as a result. The overlays are stitched on liberally to help aid the overall structure
The toe box of this particular shoe has also seen a slight reworking in that it does feel a little narrower than previous generations. Whilst the overall fit is comfortable, this is an odd design route to take considering the roomy nature of the Hurricane 14 was one of its selling points.
There has been a slight reworking here also but for the most part the excellent structure and overall design present in the Hurricane 14 has been retained. The support cradle for the foot ensures that there can be good independent range between your forefoot and heel, whilst offering good support and the foam material utilised for the insole itself is also incredibly comfortable. The heel counter has also had a small cosmetic change, but it does not alter performance which is a good thing.
The sole unit also sees little change. There is a prominent 8mm drop present that sees a midfoot strike being actively promoted throughout the shoe, and the SRC installed crash pad unit sees the stride pattern remain comfortable when in motion, with another installed wedge to reduce overpronation. The effect when you are in full running motion is impressive in this regard.
The medial arch of the shoe has been pushed back slightly it is felt and this causes an inherent issue. It can prevent a good strike pattern on the forefoot, meaning that whilst you are well protected at the heel the toes remain a little inflexible thus slowing your run pattern considerably. Some further testing on this aspect would have been most desirable, especially considering so little appears to have changed.
Thankfully the cushioning aspect of the Saucony Hurricane 15 is much better thanks to the well designed sole and insole features. The rear of the foot, in particular, glides along with little exertion thanks to the in motion technology utilized by Saucony, and forefoot comfort is also good despite the raised issues.
The overall flexibility of the Saucony Hurricane 15 is also good. The medial arch ensures that foot control is excellent and the upper design does not impede proceedings from a running point of view either. This means that a smooth running pattern can be achieved, although thanks to the design the strike may be a little undesirable.
- Generally, a well refined adaptation of the Hurricane 14
- Good material use throughout
- Durable in nature
- Excellent cushioning, especially at the heel
- Incredibly expensive
- Poor location of the medial arch, reducing forefoot strike
- Narrower toebox
The Saucony Hurricane 15 is a solid adaptation of the Hurricane brand and continues the legacy, with a shoe that is good at reducing overpronation and it thus incredibly well cushioned. The best aspects of the Hurricane 14 have been reduced in this incarnation however, which is an incredibly odd design choice to make. I hope that this Saucony Hurricane 15 review has been helpful.