Brooks Ravenna 8 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 review

Brooks Ravenna 8 provides comfort and cushioning to moderate overpronators. ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 are both stability running shoes for runners who need a mild to moderate amount of stability and support.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ravenna 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 are quite similar in that they both have a forefoot that is quite open and free from overlays, which should make them quite comfortable.

They are also similar in that they both come with no-sew overlays around the midfoot, although the overlays are placed further forward on the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com than they are on the Brooks Ravenna 8.

The difference is that the Brooks Ravenna 8 comes with an extra strap that can be adjusted in the saddle and that provides a more secure fit and increases the amount of support you get around the heel.

For heel support, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 comes with an external heel counter that locks your heel in.

One last difference is that the toecap of the Brooks Ravenna 8 has been stitched on, while that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is no-sew. The former might be a bit more durable than the latter.

Overall, you should be able to get enough support from either running shoe and a comfortable fit, especially in the toe box.

The midsoles of the Brooks Ravenna 8 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 also display differences.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 comes with two layers of foam that has GEL cushioning in between them in the forefoot and in the heel.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 has one main layer of foam with a crash pad under the heel with a different foam density.

Running shoe lab tests show that there aren't many differences between the amount of cushioning offered by the two running shoes.

For women, both running shoes offer almost as much heel cushioning, with both having a cushy heel, while the Brooks Ravenna 8 has just a tiny bit less forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for women.

Overall, though, both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the Brooks Ravenna 8 can be seen as giving female runners a comfortable and soft ride without being too soft.

Men also get an above average amount of cushioning from both running shoes, with the Brooks Ravenna 8 offering a tiny bit more heel cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 a bit more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Ravenna 8.

Both running shoes display a good balance between the amount of heel and forefoot cushioning they offer.

Because the Brooks Ravenna 8 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 are stability running shoes, they come with a support system on the medial side of their midsoles.

According to running shoe lab tests, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 offers an above average amount of stabilty, which is more than what the Brooks Ravenna 8 offers, which lies just below average.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the Brooks Ravenna 8 come with a good amount of rubber in their outsoles for durability.

They also come with a good amount of flex grooves in the forefoot, which should help with flexibility.

The latter is evident from running shoe lab tests, which show that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is overall more flexible than the Brooks Ravenna 8.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 turns out to be a bit stiff for men but quite flexible for women but not more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 might offer better and faster heel-to-transitions than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 thanks to the good connection and ground contact between the heel and the forefoot right under the midfoot.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 8 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for women weighs approximately 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 8 weighs about 10.8 oz (306 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for men weighs 11.5 oz (326 grams).

If you are a mild to moderate overpronator who is looking for a comfortable and soft ride, you could go with either the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 or the Brooks Ravenna 8.

There aren't many differences between what the two shoes offer except for stability, flexibility, and a secure fit. The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 seems to do well with the former two, while the Brooks Ravenna 8 offers the latter.

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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