Saucony Guide 10 vs. Brooks Ravenna 8 review

Saucony Guide 10 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to overpronators. Brooks Ravenna 8 provides comfort and cushioning to moderate overpronators...

The Saucony Guide 10 and the Brooks Ravenna 8 are stability running shoes that are geared toward runners who need some stability and support but not excessively.

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At first sight, the Saucony Guide 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ravenna 8 looks quite similar due to their clean and sleek look with no-sew overlays.

However, there are many differences to be noted.

For starters, the Brooks Ravenna 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with a forefoot area that is very open and free from overlays, while the Saucony Guide 10 comes with quite a bit of no-sew overlays on its toe box.

The overlays that cover the midfoot of the Saucony Guide 10 also reach further forward than those on the Brooks Ravenna 8.

Most of the support on the Brooks Ravenna 8 is centered over the top of the saddle and run backward thanks to the pull you get from an adjustable strap.

Both running shoes provide an adequate amount of support behind the heel, but their toecaps differ in that the Brooks Ravenna 8 comes with stitches in its toecap but the Saucony Guide 10 does not.

All in all, you should be able to get a comfortable fit from the Brooks Ravenna 8, especially in the forefoot, and the Saucony Guide 10 should provide a good spread of its support with enough comfort thanks to the use of light no-sew overlays.

Both the Brooks Ravenna 8 and the Saucony Guide 10 are geared toward giving runners a stable and supportive ride and less toward providing a super cushy ride.

However, they still provide a good amount of cushioning for runners to get a comfortable ride.

Men will get more cushioning from the Saucony Guide 10 than from the Brooks Ravenna 8, according to running shoe lab tests.

While the Brooks Ravenna 8 provides a good balance between forefoot and heel cushioning and has an amount that lies above average in both areas, the Saucony Guide 10 should deliver a super soft ride to men in both the heel and the forefoot.

It's a different story for women, where the Saucony Guide 10 has a very cushy forefoot and the Brooks Ravenna 8 a forefoot that provides an above average amount of cushioning but not as much as the Saucony Guide 10.

However, the Brooks Ravenna 8 provides more heel cushioning than the Saucony Guide 10 for women, although both running shoes provide an amount that lies above average.

The conclusion is that whether you run in the Brooks Ravenna 8 or the Saucony Guide 10, you should be able to get a comfortable ride.

Men who like a lot of cushioning might prefer the Saucony Guide 10 above the Brooks Ravenna 8.

Both the Brooks Ravenna 8 and the Saucony Guide 10 come with a support system on the medial side of their midsoles that help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

This support system covers a large area in both running shoes, but according to running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Guide 10 provides way more stability and support than the Brooks Ravenna 8.

This did not use to be the case for earlier versions of the Brooks Ravenna, though. These days, the Brooks Ravenna 8 seems to provide an amount of stability that lies just below average, according to running shoe lab tests, while the amount in the Saucony Guide 10 approaches the max.

Both the Brooks Ravenna 8 and the Saucony Guide 10 provide a good amount of ground contact, and the Brooks Ravenna 8 comes with rubber in an X form under the midfoot to provide faster heel-to-toe transitions.

However, the Saucony Guide 10 comes with broader flex grooves although the outsoles of both running shoes are quite separated.

Running shoe lab tests have found that the Saucony Guide 10 is much more flexible than the Brooks Ravenna 8 for men but that the Brooks Ravenna 8 is a little bit more flexible than the Saucony Guide 10 for women.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 10 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), while the Brooks Ravenna 8 for women weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Guide 10 weighs about 10.1 oz (286 grams), and the Brooks Ravenna 8 for men weighs 10.8 oz (306 grams).

If running shoe lab tests are anything to go by and you are a moderate overpronator who wants a good bit of stability and support, the Saucony Guide 10 would be the running shoe to consider. The Saucony Guide 10 is also a bit lighter than the Brooks Ravenna 8.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 is good for those who need a bit of support but also want a ride that is not too soft that it prevents them from going fast.

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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