ASICS GT-2000 6 vs. Brooks Ravenna 9 review

Brooks Ravenna 9 provides comfort and a responsive ride to moderate overpronators. ASICS GT-2000 6 is supportive and provides enough cushioning for long runs...

The ASICS GT-2000 6 and the Brooks Ravenna 9 are running shoes that target runners who need a moderate amount of stability and support.

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The uppers of the ASICS GT-2000 6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ravenna 9 are alike in that they both tend to provide support more towards the back of the running shoe and keep the forefoot open for comfort.

However, the forefoot of the Brooks Ravenna 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is more open and has no overlays, while that of the ASICS GT-2000 6 has some welded-on overlays running on top and at the front of the toe box.

Both running shoes provide room to bunions, but the Brooks Ravenna 9 might be the one that feels more comfortable in that area.

The upper of the Brooks Ravenna 9 is like a sock that has a back end, so it was definitely created with comfort in mind.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 also has overlays around the midfoot and straps that can be pulled tight, so it delivers a bit more midfoot support than the Brooks Ravenna 9.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 centers most of its support from the top of the saddle towards the heel, where its medial post is located in its midsole.

This medial post is meant to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward, but because the post of the Brooks Ravenna 9 is located more under the heel, the Brooks Ravenna 9 is better suited for overpronators who turn their feet in early during the gait cycle.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 also offers support to overpronators, but its support is more centrally located between the heel and the forefoot so would appeal to the general public and not specifically to runners who turn in early or late during the gait cycle.

Lab tests give the Brooks Ravenna 9 a very high score in stability, but the ASICS GT-2000 6 also delivers a good amount of stability and support.

Unlike the Brooks Ravenna 9, the ASICS GT-2000 6 comes with a midfoot shank that connects the two sides of the running shoe and provides midfoot integrity and support.

However, it does not touch the ground under the midfoot, while the Brooks Ravenna 9 does provide a bit more ground contact under the midfoot.

This increases the stability of the Brooks Ravenna 9 but also helps you to achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

The outsole of the Brooks Ravenna 9 features an X rubber pattern right under the midfoot to help such transitions to go faster.

Speaking of faster, the amount of forefoot cushioning in the Brooks Ravenna 9 has been kept on the moderate side to make the running shoe be more responsive.

Its heel can be seen as soft for men and moderately soft for women, according to lab tests.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 also delivers a good amount of cushioning with its midsole that consists of two layers of foam with GEL cushioning between those two layers.

The bottom layer has been kept on the firm side to make the ASICS GT-2000 6 also feel a bit more responsive.

The outsole of the Brooks Ravenna 9 is more segmented and separated than that of the ASICS GT-2000 6 and has a good amount of flex grooves. This should help with flexibility but also add smoothness to your ride.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 has large rubber compartments that should last a while to wear down and a vertical flex groove to help with gait efficiency.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 is moderately flexible for both men and women and is expected to be more flexible than the ASICS GT-2000 6 due to the amount of separation in its outsole and moderate amount of cushioning in its forefoot.

The women's version of the ASICS GT-2000 6 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams), and the Brooks Ravenna 9 for women weighs 7.8 oz (221 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.5 oz (298 grams) and 9.8 oz (278 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Ravenna 9 being the lighter one.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 has many features to help moderate overpronator go faster and feel comfortable on the road. You should also be able to get a smooth ride from it.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 delivers what you would expect from a normal stability running shoe for moderate overpronators, and its upper should provide a secure yet comfortable fit.

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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This review falls under: ASICS | Brooks

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