Reviewers say the redesigned Saucony Hurricane 14 offers a great fit from heel to toe, and that it's moderately flexible compared to its predecessor. It's also quite versatile. With an 8 mm offset, the Hurricane 14 encourages a midfoot strike but has enough cushioning to accommodate forefoot and heel strikers as well. Reviewers say it corrects mild to moderate overpronation, as advertised, without being intrusive.
Redesign is a hit -- mostly. The Saucony Hurricane 14's fit has been somewhat altered from its predecessor with the addition of a Sauc-Fit system, which replaces the arch-lock feature from previous models. Editors at Runner's World say the Sauc-Fit feature offers a great fit from forefoot to heel, acting like a hinge that lets you tighten the front and back of the upper separately.
Although Runner's World editors and a number of user reviewers love this feature, predictably not everybody is happy with such a major change. Those who do not like the Hurricane 14's redesigned fit simply say it does not work for them and do not offer many details. Some admittedly didn't even try the shoes on, but sent them back right away after having ordered online.
Reviewers from RunningWarehouse.com are also enamored with the new fit, commenting: "The plush upper fits close in the heel to keep you anchored in place, but gives you more space from the midfoot forward." They also report that the Hurricane 14 runs about a quarter-size long. Users say the Hurricane 14 runs true to size, with a roomy toebox and a narrow heel that won't slip off your foot.
Expert testers and users both rave about the Hurricane 14's flat laces, which stay put where you tie them -- no double-knotting required. The Hurricane 14 is more flexible than its predecessor, according to editors at Runner's World, who give it a mid-range score for flexibility overall. Reviewers at RunningWarehouse.com agree, stating that compared to its previous versions the Hurricane 14 is "more flexible and responsive than it's been in years."
More cushioning than the Hurricane 13. Cushioning is one of the big draws for the Saucony Hurricane line, which reviewers say delivers quality performance. Testers with RunningWarehouse.com are pleasantly surprised; they didn't expect this version to be "so comfortable and runnable." They add that while the new 8 mm offset encourages a midfoot strike, the Hurricane 14 has plenty of cushioning for heel and forefoot strikers as well.
Testers with Fitness magazine say the shoe's excellent support lets you "feel connected to the road while still protecting your feet and joints." RunningWarehouse.com testers agree, saying that they like how the Hurricane 14 "provides the support many runners need and the comfort many runners want, with a ride that's still connected to the road."
Several men weighing more than 200 pounds and leaving reviews on Amazon.com say this shoe gives them the right balance of spring and shock absorption to eliminate knee and ankle pain. Others add the Saucony Hurricane 14 is light enough to respond quickly when they need to sprint. The shoe weighs 11.2 ounces for a men's and 9.7 ounces for a women's.
Good for mild to moderate overpronation. Saucony recommends the Hurricane 14 for "mild-to-moderate stability," or correcting mild to moderate overpronation. A video reviewer with Runner's World points out that on this model Saucony has removed the plastic shank between forefoot and heel and filled in the space with more foam and rubber, creating a full-contact transition from heel to toe.
In spite of this design change, the Hurricane 14 still draws critical praise for its stability support. One tester with RunningWarehouse.com says you can feel the shoe's support, but that it never intrudes on your run. Another states the Hurricane 14 is "one of the few options that offers lots of overpronation support as well as a lowered heel that follows current trends. The result is a very runnable shoe without sacrificing stability."
Not the longest-lasting shoe. We found a few comments from users who like the Saucony Hurricane 14 for longer runs, but complaints about durability are more common. One owner posting to Runner's World U.K. claims he's owned three pairs, and with every pair the material around the toebox ripped after 250 kilometers or about 155 miles. He still loved the shoe enough to buy two more pairs. Another runner from Amazon.com experiences similar frustration and says her Hurricane 14s are "already falling apart after 2 months!"
1. Runner's World
The Saucony Hurricane 14 is acknowledged as Best Update in this roundup of Runner's World shoe reviews. Editors describe the Hurricane 14 as a bold overhaul that could have gone terribly wrong, but ended up right.
Review: Summer 2012 Running Shoe Guide, Martyn Shorten, Ph.D., Jeff Dengate, May 8, 2012
Several wear-testers help RunningWarehouse.com, which sells a number of running-shoe brands, evaluate the Saucony Hurricane 14. They say it's softer, lighter and springier than previous models, but still feels a lot like the original version.
Review: Saucony Hurricane 14 Product Review, Editors of RunningWarehouse.com, As of October 2013
3. Runner's World U.K.
The Saucony Hurricane 14 gets a 4.5-star rating from the editors of Runner's World U.K. -- one of the highest scores we've seen from them recently. They say it's lightweight, and that adjusting the heel-to-toe drop to 8 mm has improved its responsiveness.
Review: Saucony Progrid Hurricane 14, Editors of Runner's World U.K., As of October 2013
4. Fitness Magazine
More than 130 testers help evaluate an unknown number of fitness shoes, including the Saucony Hurricane 14. The Hurricane 14 is chosen as runner-up among the mild-stability running shoes. Testers say this shoe offers excellent support, cushioning and feel.
Review: The Fitness 2012 Sneaker Guide, Lindsey Emery, As of October 2013
The men's version of the Saucony Hurricane 14 is much more popular on Amazon.com than the women's version; it gets a 4.5-star rating from over a hundred reviewers.
Review: Saucony Men's Powergrid Hurricane 14 Running Shoe, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013
About 80 women have reviewed the Saucony Hurricane 14 on Amazon.com, giving it an overall rating of 4.3 stars. Most reviews are positive, although several reviewers are less than thrilled with the redesign of the Hurricane 14.
Review: Saucony Women's Powergrid Hurricane 14 Running Shoe, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013