Brooks Ravenna 7 strikes a good balance between stabilty, cushioning, and comfort. ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a very plush ride to moderate overpronators for long runs...
The Brooks Ravenna 7 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 are stability running shoes that are meant to provide overpronators with a moderate amount of support and stability, so they should match up well against each other.
The Brooks Ravenna 7 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 have a mostly seamless upper with just a couple of stitches at the front and back of the shoes.
They both also have the tendency to focus the amount of support they deliver toward the back of the shoes.
The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 does this through the use of a stitched-on overlays that wrap the top of the saddle and connect it to the midsole and back of the shoe. It also has a sturdy external heel counter at the back.
The Brooks Ravenna 7 provides extra support at the back by making use of bands that pull the saddle toward the midsole and back of the shoe.
Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 have no-sew overlays running on their toe boxes. However, the Brooks Ravenna 7 has more of them. The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides lightweight support through the structure of its mesh instead of using many overlays.
The Brooks Ravenna 7 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provide enough support to overpronators through their uppers. However, you may find that the Brooks Ravenna 7 feels more secure, especially around the midfoot, and that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 feels more comfortable, especially in the forefoot.
Both the Brooks Ravenna 7 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provide heel-to-toe cushioning, but whereas the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is meant to feel plush under the foot, the Brooks Ravenna 7 isn't.
Running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a good balance between forefoot and heel cushioning and that it is indeed the overall more cushy running shoe of the two but not in all areas.
For men, the Brooks Ravenna 7 turns out to have a more cushy heel than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22. The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has way more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Ravenna 7, but the Brooks Ravenna 7 still displays a good amount of cushioning in the forefoot. It is not super cushy, though, like the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is.
For women, both running shoes have an almost equal amount of forefoot cushioning. The amount is not to the max, but it is way above average.
The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 wins in the heel cushioning department. This is probably due to the fact that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for women has 3 mm extra height in the heel to take stress off the Achilles tendon. The Brooks Ravenna 7 does not come with such extra height for women.
However, the Brooks Ravenna 7 still displays a good amount of cushioning in the heel despite not being super cushy.
The Brooks Ravenna 7 has a crash pad under the heel that wraps around the lateral side to join the forefoot at the midfoot. This crash pad is well segmented and due to the connection with the forefoot, it increases the possibility of giving you a smoother ride than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.
The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has GEL cushioning in the heel to provide soft landings, but the GEL is just located under the heel; it does not run till the midfoot. The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 comes with a midfoot shank that connects both sides of the midsole to increase the amount of support under the midfoot.
The Brooks Ravenna 7 also has a small midfoot shank on the medial side but still manages to provide slightly more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.
The midfoot shanks of both running shoes hook into the midsole foam that is somewhat firmer on the medial side to stop your foot from rolling too far inward.
While the area of support is somewhat unclear in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, the Brooks Ravenna 7 clearly provides support more under the heel than under the midfoot.
The support system of the Brooks Ravenna 7 also runs far inward, which might be why running shoe lab tests have rated the Brooks Ravenna 7 to be more supportive than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.
However, when choosing a running shoe to control overpronation, you should not only look at whether the running shoe is very supportive but also whether it provides that support in the right place for the way your feet move.
The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit. The Brooks Ravenna 7 is quite segmented to deliver a good amount of shock absorption and dissipation.
The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has large durable slabs of rubber with a good amount of flex grooves between them.
When it comes to flexibility, running shoe lab tests reveal that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is the more flexible running shoe of the two for both men and women. The Brooks Ravenna 7 turns out to lie on the stiffer end of the spectrum.
The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 7 weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for women weighs approximately 9.6 oz (272 grams).
The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 7 weighs about 11.0 oz (312 grams) , and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for men weighs 11.6 oz (329 grams).
If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for an overall very soft ride with a moderate amount of stability and support, you may want to look into the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.
And if you want a slightly more secure fit and slightly more stability and support, then the Brooks Ravenna 7 might be what you are looking for. It is also lighter than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.
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.