At the top of Saucony’s stability shoe line stands the ProGrid Hurricane 13. We’re big fans of Saucony at GearGuide after having been turned onto the brand last year. Since then, we put more than a few miles on their more minimal stability shoe, the Mirage, and trail runner, the ProGrid Guide. When the chance came to try a more traditional stability shoe from the company, we jumped at it.
Out of the box, the Hurricane does not disappoint. It’s good looking, uses the same high-quality materials as other Saucony shoes and is built to handle plenty of road miles.
Saucony designed the Hurricane to handle just about anything – from speed work to high mileage marathon training. It’s light weight at 25 ounces for a pair of Men’s size 11 shoes. Not the lightest in the test, but pretty darn close. Underfoot, you’ll find approximately 27mm of cushion dropping to around 17mm at the forefoot. Part of this includes the company’s ProGrid midsole that runs the full length of the shoe and is designed to aid in transition from heel to toe.
Upper: Synthetic mesh and leather
Sole: Proprietary XT-900 rubber
Weight: 25 oz per pair
The Hurricane provides a very comfortable ride. The roughly 10mm of drop from heel to toe almost feels like a more minimal shoe. The combination of ProGrid and other midsole materials provides just about the right amount of cushion for a shoe in this category. And outer sole grip is quite good on dry and wet surfaces, on moderate uneven terrain and trails and on the road.
One of the most innovative features on the Hurricane is the Arch-Lock. Located on the instep, this soft, flexible ladder of plastic and mesh climbs from the midsole to the lacing eyelets. Snug it up and your foot is locked into place. When you combine this feature with the nicely designed heel cup, you get an easily customizable fit with no sloppiness or sliding.
Overall, the Saucony fit perfectly out of the box. No need to size up or down.
As promised, the ProGrid Hurricane 13 delivers all around performance. It’s light weight enough for speed work, and provides plenty of cushion for longer training runs. Thanks to the Arch-Lock, the shoe’s fit can be easily customized. If you’re looking for a good stability road shoe that’ll get you through your next training season – including the wet Fall/Winter months – definitely give these a try.