Saucony Triumph vs Hurricane – The New Face Of Stability

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Hello, everyone. Today we’re doing a comparison of the Saucony Triumph vs Hurricane.

For the sake of this comparison, we’re going to be comparing the Saucony Triumph 17, the successor to the Saucony Triumph ISO 5, and the Saucony Hurricane 23, the successor to the Saucony Hurricane 22.

I have enough miles in these shoes so I’m more than ready to give them the full comparison review.

I also have the Saucony Triumph 18, but I’ll wait until I have enough miles in it to review it.

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Without further ado, let’s dive right in…

Saucony Triumph vs Hurricane

In a hurry, these are the main differences and similarities between the Saucony Triumph and the Hurricane:

  • The Triumph is a daily trainer for neutral runners while the Hurricane is designed for stability runners.
  • The Saucony Hurricane is heavier than the Triumph.
  • Both shoes have an 8-mm heel-to-toe drop.
  • Both shoes run true to size.
  • Both shoes have a PWRRUN+ midsole
  • The Triumph has a crystal rubber outsole while the Hurricane has a durable XT-900 rubber outsole.
  • Both shoes have heel slippage issues.
  • Both shoes are on the warmer side.
  • The Triumph is cheaper than the Hurricane.

Specs

The Triumph 17 checks in at 10,75 oz for men and 9.2oz for women while the Hurricane 23 weighs in at 11.3oz for men and 9.8oz for women.

Both the Triumph 17 and the Hurricane 23 have an 8mm heel-to-toe drop with a stack height of 33.5 millimeters in the heel and 25.5 millimeters in the forefoot.

Right off the bat, the Hurricane is about an ounce heavier than the Triumph 17. Although these two shoes have the exact same amount of stack, the fact that the Hurricane is heavier is due to a couple of things that I’m going to talk about later on.

Related: New Balance 1080 vs Saucony Triumph – Max Cushion Shoes Comparo

Size

Both shoes run true to size for me.

The Triumph 17 just feels like it’s a little more wide open than a traditional tapered shoe would be.

RelatedRunning Shoe Size Comparison Between Brands (Nike, Adidas, Hoka, New Balance, Saucony)

Let’s discuss who these shoes are best suited for…

Who Are The Triumph and Hurricane For?

In a hurry, here’s the main and most important difference between the Triumph and the Hurricane.

Saucony Triumph 17

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The Saucony Triumph 17 is one of the most if not the most reliable daily trainers for neutral runners.

I recommend the Triumph 17 to any runner of any skill level who’s just looking for something solid that’s going to last a long time.

I really recommend it for folks that have a kind of an extended stride and a longer stride. If you’re going to be hitting your heel and if you’re going to be landing in front of your center of gravity, the Triumph is going to give you fantastic protection and feel there.

I really like the way the Saucony Triumph 17 feels and I really like it for everyday use and longer runs.

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Saucony Hurricane 23

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If you’re a stability runner but you are tired of running in firm shoes that are forcing your foot this way or way and you just want to get rid of your overpronation but still be able to enjoy the ride of the shoe, then the Saucony Hurricane 23 is the perfect option for you.

Upper

Saucony Triumph 17

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Saucony is using an engineered jacquard mesh with tons of padding everywhere you look.

We have what appears to be multiple layers in the toe box, plenty of cushioning in the midfoot, and a ton of material in the heel.

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The tongue is really padded and the laces are even padded kind of in their own way.

This is a lot of upper. However, this is extremely comfortable and flexible.

In terms of durability, the upper is holding up great. It basically looks the same as when I first got it.

Saucony Hurricane 23

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The upper of the Saucony Hurricane 23 is an engineered mesh.

It is thick, it is somewhat breathable, but definitely not the most breathable shoe on the market.

We do have some overlays in the midfoot to provide just that extra stability.

And if we move to the back of the shoe, the heel counter is very sturdy and very stout and it’s going to keep your heel staying in place.

So, this is by no means a winterized shoe. It’s not for cold weather running, but I found myself wanting to grab it quite a bit on days where the weather was a little bit nastier than some others.

I think a big part of that is because the upper is pretty thick in my opinion and just handles the elements pretty well.

Everything about this upper screams comfort. The laces are that soft thick material that we saw in the Ride 13 which is the successor to the Saucony Ride ISO 2.

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The tongue is padded and the back ankle collar and heel are also pretty padded as well.

So, your foot is going to be very comfortable in the shoe without a doubt.

I was concerned that I would have too much room in the toe box, but actually, I seem to be just fine and I welcomed a little bit of that extra room.

I would go true to size on this shoe and I don’t think that there’s any sizing issues. I was able to get a really nice lockdown through the midfoot.

Midsole

Both the Triumph and the Hurricane have a PWRRUN+ midsole. I am totally digging all of the PWRRUN foams that I’ve tried. It’s kind of like Adidas Boost but lighter and way better.

If you tried PWRRUN+, then you know how this feels. Let me compare it to other foams hoping you get a clearer image.

Basically, it’s a very cushioned protective foam, but it’s not mushy like the Hoka Clifton 7 or New Balance 1080v10 or v11.

PWRRUN+ has a little bit more firmness and bounce. It’s a bit denser than PWRRUN PB, but I would say that it’s probably more protective.

I think the amount of softness and energy return in the Hurricane and the Triumph is the perfect combination because on those longer runs, you don’t start to sink into the shoe and lose energy.

This foam talks back and gets you back up on your toes and I really love that about these shoes.

When you’re trying to take something longer distance, you don’t want to be trudging through the foam and sinking into it and doing more work, you want to be able to do less work and that’s what I felt like I was getting in these shoes.

Just like the upper, I think this is going to be a very durable midsole. I can see you getting hundreds upon hundreds of miles out of these shoes.

Related: Running Shoe Foam Explained (Running Shoe Midsole Material)

Everybody’s Different

One interesting thing that I do want to point out is that everybody’s experience in each running shoe is different.

While I think this midsole is really comfortable and I don’t have any problems with blisters or anything like that, my friend did get this shoe as well and it gave him a debilitating blister.

So, just because I feel comfortable in the shoe doesn’t mean you will and vice versa. And in all of these reviews, you just have to keep that in mind.

Saucony Triumph 17

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The Triumph 17 gives you that spring and response, but it’s more stable than before. It just feels like a more well-thought-out efficient midsole material.

In my first run in this shoe, I felt that spring and that response but a pillowy feeling at the same time, and that’s pretty much been my experience in the rest of my miles in this shoe.

PWRRUN+ has proven to be really durable and gives the runner plenty of miles and that’s what we’re seeing here.

Saucony Hurricane 23

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Just like the Triumph, the midsole of the Hurricane is a full-length slab of Saucony’s PWRRUN+.

What’s different is on the medial side, we have the stability element. This is a medial TPU guidance frame which is basically a plastic piece on the inside of the shoe to help prevent that overpronation.

One cool thing about the Hurricane is I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t have any issues with was the medial posting for stability.

I didn’t feel this medial posting at all when I was running.

Even in like the lighter stability shoes that I’ve tried, I’ve definitely felt like an inkling of it or a little bit of stability while I was running. Truly in this shoe, I did not feel that at all.

It was like this medial posting wasn’t even there. I gave it absolutely no thought.

And the cool part is watching my stride, I really am not overpronating at all.

This stability technology does work and it also doesn’t intrude on your stride. That’s certainly not something that you can say about every stability shoe on the market.

Where It Shines

One thing I will say is this is not a shoe that is versatile really at all.

In my opinion, this is a tried and true daily trainer for long slow distance. That’s what this is going to be used for.

I wouldn’t recommend doing strides in this or tempo work. You could if you really had to, but it would not be my first, second, or third choice.

Related: Check out these great tempo running shoes.

Outsole

Saucony Triumph 17

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If we turn the shoe over, you’ll see that Saucony is using a TriFlex crystal rubber throughout the outsole.

While it may look like there’s a lot going on and a little too much rubber, I actually don’t feel like it gets in the way of the shoe at all.

Because of the flex grooves in that outsole, the Triumph still moves with your foot.

Yes, there is a lot of outsole material, but you’re getting this shoe so it will last a long time, and it can’t last a long time if there’s not enough rubber.

So, while you are sacrificing on weight, maybe you’re getting a shoe that’s really durable.

Traction

As far as the traction goes, it’s outstanding. It grips onto all kinds of wet, dry, and damp surfaces really well.

Some of the traction pattern in the forefoot is starting to wear a little bit, but it hasn’t been an issue for me.

I think mostly that’s probably cosmetic and I don’t think the outsole is dying out anytime soon. I think we got a long way to go.

Saucony Hurricane 23

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The outsole of the Saucony Hurricane 23 is an XT-900 carbon rubber which Saucony says helps to increase flexibility, adaptability, and durability.

Traction

I mentioned earlier that I kept grabbing this shoe on inclement weather days and another reason for that was that I really liked the traction on this outsole.

It was able to really grip into like snow on the ground and kind of funky terrain pretty well and I felt confident every time I took it out.

Again you are going to say well is it a winter shoe? Is it like a cold-weather running shoe?

No. This is not a gore-tex shoe. This is not a special shoe that you can run around on ice and you’re still going to slip if you hit some ice in this shoe.

But for that like softer snow kind of vibe, this was really good and I felt very safe.

The traction pattern on the bottom looks completely fine. There’s pretty much no wear and that’s after about 60 miles looks good as new.

Sure, all of this rubber probably makes the shoe heavier, but this shoe is already heavy regardless. So, you might as well get some extra traction for those longer-distance days.

Issues

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Heel Slippage

Because of all this padding, there’s really no room for irritation, but there are a couple of things that posed a problem for me in the beginning and still kind of do.

While the shoe is true to size, I did get some heel slippage, but I did use the runner’s loop to fix the issue.

Hot

Another issue with the upper of the Triumph 17 is it is hot.

I took this shoe out on a warmer day, which was 60 degrees, and that it was hot on that day and I wondered what it would feel like in the summer.

It’s summer and I’m here to tell you that this shoe feels like an oven. It doesn’t matter what sock you wear; it’s still going to feel hot and it’s just because of all of this thickness.

It just feels like all the heat is retained in.

And of course, I think we could really shed some weight if we just made the upper a little more minimal.

Saucony Hurricane 23

Heel Slippage

Just like the Triumph, I did experience a little heel slipping again.

But I pretty much forgot about it as soon as I used that last loop. I had no issues with hot spots, irritation, blisters of any kind and I think this upper is a tank.

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If you’re planning to use the Hurricane in winter, it might be really good because of this thicker upper.

However, maybe in July, your foot might be baking, which is something I definitely considered when I was running in this shoe.

Pros & Cons

Saucony Triumph 17

Pros

  • Comfortable upper.
  • Cushioned yet springy ride.
  • Great traction.
  • Incredible durability.
  • It is just fun to run in.

Related: Most Durable Running Shoes in the Market

Cons

  • Heavy.
  • Hot upper.
  • Not the most versatile shoe.

Saucony Hurricane 23

Pros

  • Comfortable upper.
  • Great midsole material.
  • Stability elements are not intrusive.
  • Great traction.
  • Super durable.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • It’s not versatile.
  • The upper might be a little too hot in the summer.

Despite those cons, I still want to grab the Hurricane instantly.

Price

The Saucony Triumph 17 is cheaper than the Hurricane and it’s a pretty fair price for what you’re getting.

The price of the Saucony Hurricane 23 is steep.

However, I’m honestly not surprised just considering how much stuff is going on here, how thick this upper is, how much midsole we got, how much outsole, plus the medial posting.

It’s just a big shoe and I feel like these big shoes are always kind of expensive.

As you already know, it’s hard to give you the exact price because on the day you’ll be reading this, the Hurricane might be discounted and you might get it cheaper than the Triumph.

So, you can check today’s prices here:

Saucony Triumph 17
Saucony Hurricane 23

Final Thoughts

Saucony Triumph 17

There’s a comfortable upper, a springy yet cushioned midsole, and incredible traction.

If you asked me what neutral daily trainer to get on the market right now, I would absolutely say the Saucony Triumph 17 with the New Balance 1080v10 being of the close second.

For that, I’m giving Saucony Triumph 17 4/5 stars.

Saucony Hurricane 23

It feels like this shoe was made for me in that sense and that’s why I’m giving the Saucony Hurricane 23 a solid 4/5 stars.

I truly think this is a well-deserved 4 across the board. I only knocked it down because this is not a versatile shoe by any means and I don’t like the steep price.

I ended up grabbing this shoe time and time again when I just wanted to take it easy, go long, and just forget about the shoe that I was wearing.

Truly, this feels fantastic for overpronators. If you are looking for a shoe that has a hint of stability but still feels good and fun to run in, then you need to try out the Hurricane 23.

Again, to all of overpronators out there, go check out the Saucony Hurricane 23. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

That’s it for this comparison. I hope you’ve learned something new from this Saucony Triumph vs Hurricane Comparison.

If you’ve run in one or both of these shoes, please share your experience with us.

And if you buy one of them in the future, please do come back and tell us how you feel about your shoes.

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