Saucony Guide 10 vs. Brooks Ravenna 7 review

Saucony Guide 10 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to overpronators. Brooks Ravenna 7 strikes a good balance between stabilty, cushioning, and comfort...

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The Saucony Guide 10 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 are stability running shoes that are geared toward runners who need some stability and support but not excessively.

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The uppers of the Saucony Guide 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ravenna 7 are similar in that they both implement no-sew overlays instead of stitched-on overlays.

They are different in that the Brooks Ravenna 7 straps you in more than the Saucony Guide 10.

The Brooks Ravenna 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with an extra strap that pulls the saddle toward the midsole and back of the shoe. This provides some extra support and a more secure fit.

In addition, the Brooks Ravenna 7 has welded-on overlays running toward the forefoot while trying to keep it open and free.

The toe box of the Saucony Guide 10 has also been kept light and comfortable with light no-sew overlays and mesh that has structure.

All in all, you should be able to get a comfortable fit from either running shoe, but in terms of the amount of support provided, the Brooks Ravenna 7 might do a better job of strapping your feet in than the Saucony Guide 10.

Both the Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Saucony Guide 10 are in the business of providing stability and support, but they are not too shabby in the cushioning department either.

According to running shoe lab tests, both the Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Saucony Guide 10 provide a large amount of forefoot cushioning and an above average amount of heel cushioning to women.

The amount of heel cushioning is about the same in the two running shoes, but the Saucony Guide 10 provides just a tad more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Ravenna 7.

While women may not notice a big difference in cushioning between the two running shoes, men might, especially in the forefoot.

This is because the Saucony Guide 10 provides almost a maximum amount of forefoot cushioning, while the Brooks Ravenna 7 provides an above average amount.

The amount of heel cushioning is almost the same in the two running shoes, but again the Saucony Guide 10 is the one that comes out on top.

As mentioned previously, both the Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Saucony Guide 10 provide a good amount of stability and support.

This is thanks to the medial posts in the midsoles of both running shoes and a good crash pad on the lateral side that runs from the heel to the midfoot and connects well to the forefoot.

The Brooks Ravenna 7 comes with a small midfoot shank on the medial side, while the Saucony Guide 10 does not and therefore provides a bit more ground contact than the Brooks Ravenna 7.

The ground contact helps increase the stability but also allows for smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

Running shoe lab tests indicate that both running shoes provide almost a maximum amount of stability, but the Brooks Ravenna 7 comes out on top, probably thanks to the midfoot shank and the post that runs far under the heel.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes are well separated for shock absorption although the Saucony Guide 10 has more flex grooves in the forefoot than the Brooks Ravenna 7.

These flex grooves help the Saucony Guide 10 provide quite a bit of flexibility.

This shows in the flexibility profiles from running shoe lab tests, where the Brooks Ravenna 7 turns out to be somewhat stiff, while the Saucony Guide 10 provides an average amount of flexibility but much more than the Brooks Ravenna 7 for both men and women.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 10 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), while the Brooks Ravenna 7 for women weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Guide 10 weighs about 10.1 oz (286 grams), and the Brooks Ravenna 7 for men weighs 11.0 oz (312 grams).

If you are an overpronator who is looking for a very stable and soft ride, you have a difficult decision to make because both the Saucony Guide 10 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 could provide what you need.

I think the biggest distinction point is in the upper, so if you want a more secure fit, the Brooks Ravenna 7 would be the one to turn to, and if you want a somewhat looser fit, the Saucony Guide 10 could give you that.

Another distinction point is in the amount of cushioning. For an overall very soft ride, the Saucony Guide 10 might do a better job than the Brooks Ravenna 7 despite the latter providing quite a bit of cushioning.

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: Brooks | Saucony

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