Brooks Ravenna 8 vs. ASICS GT-2000 5 review

Brooks Ravenna 8 provides comfort and cushioning to moderate overpronators. ASICS GT-2000 5 is supportive and provides enough cushioning for long runs.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 and the ASICS GT-2000 5 fall in the same category of stability running shoes and are on a similar level, so they should compare well against each other.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ravenna 8 and the ASICS GT-2000 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com differ in that the ASICS GT-2000 5 comes with more no-sew overlays around its midfoot than the Brooks Ravenna 8 does.

The forefoot of the Brooks Ravenna 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is quite open and free from overlays, which should increase the amount of comfort you get in the toe box.

Another difference is that the Brooks Ravenna 8 comes with a strap that pulls the top of the saddle toward the back of the shoe to secure the fit.

While the ASICS GT-2000 5 does not come with such a strap, it has stitched-on overlays wrapping the heel and an external heel counter that should increase the amount of support you get behind the heel.

Both running shoes come with a stitched-on toecap, which should increase the durability of the running shoes at the front.

All in all, both the ASICS GT-2000 5 and the Brooks Ravenna 8 provide a good amount of support through their uppers, although the ASICS GT-2000 5 will likely provide a bit more than the Brooks Ravenna 8, and the Brooks Ravenna 8 will likely provide a bit more comfort in the toe box than the ASICS GT-2000 5.

Both the Brooks Ravenna and the ASICS GT-2000 are known to provide a decent amount of cushioning to runners through their midsoles.

Their midsoles differ in that the ASICS GT-2000 5 has two layers of foam with GEL cushioning between those two layers in the heel and in the forefoot.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 does not come with GEL cushioning but does implement a small crash pad under the heel that connects to the forefoot under the midfoot.

This connection helps the Brooks Ravenna 8 provide you with better heel-to-transitions than the ASICS GT-2000 5.

The ASICS GT-2000 5 comes with a midfoot shank under the midfoot, which prevents full ground contact but increases the amount of support you get right under the midfoot.

The ASICS GT-2000 is generally a slightly more stable and supportive running shoe than the ASICS GEL-Kayano, and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 has been found through running shoe lab tests to be a bit more stable than the Brooks Ravenna 8.

So in terms of stability and support, you might get more of that from the ASICS GT-2000 5 than from the Brooks Ravenna 8.

Running shoe lab tests confirm this and have indicated that the amount of stability you get is almost twice as much in the ASICS GT-2000 5 than it is in the Brooks Ravenna 8.

However, the Brooks Ravenna 8 provides a good balance between the amount of heel and forefoot cushioning that it provides to both male and female runners, with both being soft enough to give you a comfortable ride but not too soft to keep you from going fast.

The ASICS GT-2000 5 is also a good running shoe to go for long runs because it also provides a good amount of cushioning.

Running shoe lab tests indicate that the ASICS GT-2000 5 provides a good amount of forefoot cushioning to both men and women and more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Ravenna 8.

However, while women also get a good amount of heel cushioning, the heel cushioning of the ASICS GT-2000 5 might feel a bit firm to men, and the Brooks Ravenna 8 provides more heel cushioning to both men and women than the ASICS GT-2000 5 does.

The outsoles of the ASICS GT-2000 5 and the Brooks Ravenna 8 differ in the amount of flex grooves they provide and the fact that the ASICS GT-2000 5 comes with the vertical flex grooves but the Brooks Ravenna 8 does not.

The vertical flex groove is supposed to help you achieve a more efficient gait.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 comes with two flex grooves more than the ASICS GT-2000 5 in the forefoot.

This might have helped the Brooks Ravenna 8 be quite flexible for women, but that's not the case for men, which according to running shoe lab tests, may experience some stiffness.

The ASICS GT-2000 is not known to be a very flexible running shoe either, but any stiffness provided by a stability running shoe generally adds to the stability of the running shoe.

The ASICS GT-2000 5 is a bit more flexible than the Brooks Ravenna 8 for men, but the Brooks Ravenna 8 for women is much more flexible than the ASICS GT-2000 5 for women, according to running shoe lab tests.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 8 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), while the ASICS GT-2000 5 for women weighs approximately 9.8 oz (278 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 8 weighs about 10.8 oz (306 grams), and the ASICS GT-2000 5 for men weighs 11.2 oz (318 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a soft and comfortable ride, you could choose either the Brooks Ravenna 8 or the ASICS GT-2000 5.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 might provide a bit more comfort at the front of the shoe, while the ASICS GT-2000 5 provides a bit more stability and support than the Brooks Ravenna 8.

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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