Brooks Ravenna 9 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 review

Brooks Ravenna 9 provides comfort and a responsive ride to moderate overpronators. ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators...

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The Brooks Ravenna 9 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 are stability running shoes for runners who need a moderate amount of stability and support, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is also listed as being suitable for neutral runners.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ravenna 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 are similar in that they expose quite a bit of mesh and have a minimum amount of stitches to increase comfort.

Neither the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com nor the Brooks Ravenna 9 has a lot of overlays directly across the midfoot.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has underlays around the midfoot to keep your foot in place, and the Brooks Ravenna 9 has overlays that run from the top of the saddle towards the back of the running shoe and around the collar.

Therefore, the amount of support provided around the midfoot is comparable in the two running shoes.

The forefoot of the Brooks Ravenna 9 is more open and completely free from overlays compared to that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

The bunion window is also more open than that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, so all in all, the Brooks Ravenna 9 should be able to offer a bit more comfort in the toe box than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, although the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 should also feel pretty comfortable.

The big difference between the uppers can be found at the back, where the Brooks Ravenna 9 has overlays and mesh, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 comes with an external heel counter that wraps the heel well and adds stability to the upper.

Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is much more supportive at the back than the Brooks Ravenna 9 is.

The midsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit in construction.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 comes with two layers of foam, with the layer closest to the foot being softer and the layer closer to the ground more responsive.

It also has GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot to reduce impact and soften your ride even more.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 has one main layer of foam that has a crash section under the heel, and it makes use of midsole material that is supposed to deliver a good amount of cushioning but not too much to hold you back.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 has been kept pretty responsive in the forefoot, and its heel delivers enough cushioning for soft landings.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 delivers an overall soft ride, but due to the more responsive and somewhat firmer layer at the bottom, the ride is not super soft.

However, women get lots of heel cushioning, because they get 3 mm of extra height under the heel to take stress off their Achilles tendon, and this height generally adds cushiness to the running shoe.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the Brooks Ravenna 9 come with a support system on the medial side to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

The medial post of the Brooks Ravenna 9 is more located under the heel and does not go all the way up; there is a thin layer of foam right above it before you reach the foot.

The same thing can be said of the support system of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, which has the softer layer of foam just above it.

However, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 also comes with a midfoot shank to provide midfoot integrity and support, and its area of support is positioned in a way to serve the general overpronator rather than being located more under the heel like that of the Brooks Ravenna 9.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 has been given high marks for stability, but in the end, when you combine the external heel counter in the upper of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 with its midfoot shank and centered support system that runs almost as high as the post in the Brooks Ravenna 9, the two running shoes might deliver about the same amount of stability and support.

The main difference is that the Brooks Ravenna 9 might suit runners who turn in under their heels better than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 has a fairly high heel-to-toe drop, which might make it feel like a performance running shoe, but the same can be said of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, and the heel-to-toe drop is higher for women in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 than in the Brooks Ravenna 9.

The outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the Brooks Ravenna 9 differ in layout and construction.

While the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has a midfoot shank in the middle that separates the forefoot from the heel, the Brooks Ravenna 9 has a good connection between forefoot and heel and delivers a good amount of ground contact right under the heel for faster heel-to-toe transitions.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 also displays overall more separation than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 by having smaller rubber pods, so the amount of shock dissipation might be higher in the Brooks Ravenna 9, which should benefit the smoothness of your ride.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 also has more flex grooves in the forefoot than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, but while the flex grooves of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 run from side to side, those of the Brooks Ravenna 9 are interrupted by rubber on the medial side under the big toe.

This might increase stiffness in that area, which is good for stability but not for flexibility.

However, all in all, the Brooks Ravenna 9 has been found to deliver a moderate amount of flexibility.

Because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has enough deep flex grooves in the forefoot and does not go overboard with forefoot cushioning, it should also be able to deliver a moderate amount of flexibility.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams), while the Brooks Ravenna 9 for women weighs approximately 7.8 oz (221 grams).

The men's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Brooks Ravenna 9 for men weighs 9.8 oz (278 grams).

The Brooks Ravenna 9 is a much lighter running shoe than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, but everything on the Brooks Ravenna 9 was set up in a way to help you go faster.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a soft ride but not too soft of a ride, you could turn to either the Brooks Ravenna 9 or the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is a more premium and luxurious running shoe than the Brooks Ravenna 9, so it might feel overall softer on your foot.

However, the Brooks Ravenna 9 delivers a good amount of comfort through its upper and has features to give you a much smoother ride than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

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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