ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 vs. Brooks Ravenna 9 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 provides comfort and stability to moderate overpronators. Brooks Ravenna 9 provides comfort and a responsive ride to moderate overpronators...

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the Brooks Ravenna 9 are stability running shoes for runners who need support as they turn their feet inward during the gait cycle.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ravenna 9 are similar in that they expose a lot of mesh and that most of the support they offer through their uppers is located at the back of the running shoes.

While the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 comes with an internal support system of no-sew underlays, the Brooks Ravenna 9 is quite open from midfoot to forefoot.

Therefore, the Brooks Ravenna 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com might feel a bit looser than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, especially in the forefoot, and thus also offer more room to runners who have big bunions.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 has some overlays running from the top of the saddle towards the back of the running shoe and around the collar, but its heel is quite open.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, on the other hand, comes with a sturdy external heel counter at the back that really locks your heel in and prevents heel rotation. It also has some no-sew overlays running along the saddle and around the collar.

When you take everything into consideration, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 might deliver a bit more support through its upper than the Brooks Ravenna 9, which is more clearly focused on delivering comfort.

While the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is meant to deliver a luxurious ride to overpronators, the Brooks Ravenna 9 is meant to deliver a comfortable yet responsive ride to moderate overpronators.

This is reflected in the cushioning profile of the Brooks Ravenna 9, which delivers a more moderate amount of forefoot cushioning compared to the amount of heel cushioning it delivers.

This is the direct opposite of the cushioning profile of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, which tends to deliver more forefoot cushioning than heel cushioning.

The midsole construction differs in the two running shoes, with the Brooks Ravenna 9 having one main layer of foam that delivers a good amount of ground contact, and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 having one layer under the forefoot and two under the heel with GEL cushioning in between.

The good amount of ground contact of the Brooks Ravenna 9 should help it feel a bit more stable, and your ride should feel a bit smoother than in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 does not come with a crash pad but has a crash section under the heel to isolate shock at heel-strike.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 uses its GEL cushioning in the heel to soften impact and the thinner layer of softer foam right under the foot also helps along.

The bottom layer of foam is a bit more responsive and thus firmer, which is why the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has a somewhat firmer heel compared to its forefoot.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 does not deliver full ground contact but rather comes with a midfoot shank that connects the two sides of the midsole and delivers a good amount of support right under the midfoot.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 does not come with a midfoot shank, but has a relatively short medial post that is located more under the heel than under the midfoot to offer pronation control to overpronators.

The medial post of the Brooks Ravenna 9 does not run all the way up, but neither does the support system of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, which has a thin layer of softer foam sitting just above it, so in that respect, these two running shoes are quite similar in the amount of support they provide.

If it wasn't for the sturdy external heel counter in the upper of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 that also plays a role in the process of pronation control, the Brooks Ravenna 9 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 would be almost on par where stability and support is concerned.

The main difference in the outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the Brooks Ravenna 9 can be found right in the middle, where the Brooks Ravenna 9 has rubber in the form of an X to deliver faster heel-to-toe transitions, and where the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has its midfoot shank.

Both running shoes have a good amount of flex grooves in the forefoot, but they don't all run from side to side.

However, because the Brooks Ravenna 9 has more flex grooves, has an outsole that is more separated, and delivers somewhat less forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, it should feel more flexible under your feet than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 would.

The good amount of separation along with the good amount of ground contact also helps the Brooks Ravenna 9 deliver smoother rides than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 weighs approximately 9.8 oz (278 grams), and the Brooks Ravenna 9 for women weighs 7.8 oz (221 grams).

The men's version of the the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 weighs about 11.9 oz (337 grams), and the Brooks Ravenna 9 for men weighs approximately 9.8 oz (278 grams).

The Brooks Ravenna 9 is much lighter than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, so it should be able to help you go faster.

The way the Brooks Ravenna 9 has been set up would suit moderate overpronators who are looking to go fast and who want to get a good amount of support and comfort along the way.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 would suit runners who do not mind wearing a somewhat heavier running shoe that is supportive and has a cushy forefoot.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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