Brooks Ravenna 5 vs. New Balance 870v3 review

Brooks Ravenna 5 delivers a good balance of cushioning and support. New Balance 870v3 offers flexibility, stability, and enough cushioning in a lightweight package. Learn more...

The Brooks Ravenna 5 and the New Balance 870v3 are both stability running shoes that are suitable for runners who mildly overpronate.

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The New Balance 870v3 is a pretty lightweight running shoe, and most of its weight savings come from its upper, where most of the overlays have been welded on.

The only stitched-on overlays run along the saddle, at the front of the shoe in the toe guard, and there is an thick overlay that goes around the heel to keep it firmly in place.

While the Brooks Ravenna 5 also has welded-on overlays, it has stitched-on overlays that run across the midfoot in addition to an adjustable band.

All in all, the midfoot wrapping should feel snugger in the Brooks Ravenna 5 than in the New Balance 870v3, and the heel lock tighter in the New Balance 870v3 than in the Brooks Ravenna 5, but both running shoes should provide a high degree of comfort with their light upper.

The Brooks Ravenna 5 and the New Balance 870v3 resemble each other in the amount of stability features they have. Both have a post on the medial side of the midsole to provide a moderate degree of pronation control. The post has a similar length in both running shoes.

Both running shoes also have a crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot. This is to absorb shock as well as initiate the slowing down of the inward motion your foot makes after you land.

And last but not least, both running shoes provide good ground contact. While the New Balance 870v3 has a midfoot shank, it touches the ground on the lateral side of the shoe, thereby setting you up for a smooth heel-to-toe transition just like the Brooks Ravenna 5 does.

The Brooks Ravenna 5 and the New Balance 870v3 use different midsole cushioning technologies, so the amount of cushioning in each shoe will differ.

The Brooks Ravenna 5 has a more uniform heel-to-toe cushioning in its BioMoGo DNA midsole, while the New Balance 870v3 provides overall lightweight cushioning with its REVlite midsole combined with Absorb cushioning in its crash pad under the heel.

Therefore, the New Balance 870v3 should provide you with softer heel landings than the Brooks Ravenna 5. And lab tests also show that the Brooks Ravenna 5 provides more forefoot cushioning than the New Balance 870v3, so you'll have a softer take-off in the Ravenna.

Both the New Balance 870v3 and the Brooks Ravenna 5 have a fairly low profile, so both running shoes should make you feel fast.

However, the New Balance 870v3 is lighter and lower than the Brooks Ravenna 5, so should give you an extra edge.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ in configuration with the rubber compartments being more squarish on the Brooks Ravenna 5 and more roundish on the New Balance 870v3.

The small round rubber pods in the forefoot of the New Balance 870v3, together with the wide flex grooves between them, should make the New Balance 870v3 feel very flexible on your foot.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 5 weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams), while the New Balance 870v3 for women weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 5 weighs about 10.7 oz (303 grams), and the New Balance 870v3 for men weighs 9.5 oz (269 grams).

If you are a heel-striker looking for a light running shoe that has a lot of flexibility in the forefoot and provides a decent amount of support and stability with a light fitting upper that keeps your foot in place, then the New Balance 870v3 could meet your needs.

If you are looking for an overall well-performing running shoe that offers a good amount of stability and support with a comfortable yet securely fitting upper, then the Ravenna 5 is one worth considering.

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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