Brooks Ravenna 6 vs. New Balance 870v4 review

Brooks Ravenna 6 provides lots of stability with a good amount of cushioning. New Balance 870v4 offers flexibility, stability, and cushioning in a lightweight package.

The Brooks Ravenna 6 and the New Balance 870v4 fall in the stability category of running shoes for moderate overpronators and look very much like each other in what they offer.


The uppers of the Brooks Ravenna 6 and the New Balance 870v4 are very similar in that they both consist of no-sew overlays to keep things light and minimize the change of irritation.

And for added support, the New Balance 870v4 and the Brooks Ravenna 6 have bands that are adjustable through the saddle and that wrap the midfoot to provide a secure fit.

The main difference in the upper is probably the fact that the New Balance 870v4 has a heel counter that is higher on the medial side than it is on the lateral side to help stop your ankle from rolling too far inward. The Brooks Ravenna 6 does not have such an asymmetrical heel counter.

Another minor difference is that the forefoot area of the Brooks Ravenna 6 is more open than that of the New Balance 870v4, meaning that there are fewer and lighter welded-on overlays running in that area, so the fit should be a bit looser and perhaps also more comfortable depending on your preference.

While both running shoes offer a secure fit, you may benefit from the extra stability feature in the upper of the New Balance 870v4.

Similarities between the Brooks Ravenna 6 and the New Balance 870v4 continue in the midsole where both offer heel-to-toe cushioning and have a crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot.

The cushioning profiles of the two running shoes differ a lot between the genders according to running lab tests. For example, for men, the Brooks Ravenna 6 is overall more cushy both in the heel and in the forefoot, with the amount of heel cushioning being almost twice as much as in the New Balance 870v4.

For women, both running shoes offer a similar amount of forefoot cushioning, but the New Balance 870v4 provides more heel cushioning than the Brooks Ravenna 6.

Both running shoes do not have an extremely cushy forefoot; the cushioning tends to be not too firm nor too soft in that region. The Brooks Ravenna 6 has a very cushy heel for men, and the New Balance 870v4 a very cushy heel for women.

Because the two running shoes are stability running shoes, they have a device on the medial side of the midsole to provide pronation control.

This medial post has a similar length in both running shoes, but goes higher in the Brooks Ravenna 6 than in the New Balance 870v4, since the New Balance 870v4 tops it with a layer of softer foam.

This implies that you would get a slightly stronger degree of pronation control from the Brooks Ravenna 6, and a more gradual one from the New Balance 870v4.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact, although the amount of ground contact is a bit more under the midfoot of the Brooks Ravenna 6 despite it having a small midfoot shank on the medial side of the midsole.

The rubber outsole of the Brooks Ravenna 6 differs considerably from that of the New Balance 870v4 with both displaying a good amount of separation.

However, the rubber compartments have different shapes, especially in the forefoot where the New Balance 870v4 has a hexagonal pattern going on and the Brooks Ravenna 6 a more linear pattern.

It might be this difference that causes the New Balance 870v4 to be more flexible than the Brooks Ravenna 6 according to data obtained from running shoe lab tests.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 6 weighs approximately 9.1 oz (258 grams), while the New Balance 870v4 for women weighs approximately 7.7 oz (218 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 6 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the New Balance 870v4 for men weighs 9.6 oz (272 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator, you could go with either running shoe, since they are both very supportive and stable running shoes.

However, if you are looking for something lighter and more flexible, the New Balance 870v4 may suit you better than the Brooks Ravenna 6.

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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