Saucony Guide 10 vs. Brooks Ravenna 9 review

Saucony Guide 10 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to overpronators. Brooks Ravenna 9 provides comfort and a responsive ride to moderate overpronators...

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The Saucony Guide 10 and the Brooks Ravenna 9 are stability running shoes for runners who moderately overpronate.

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The uppers of the Saucony Guide 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ravenna 9 differ in that the Saucony Guide 10 has more overlays around the midfoot and on the toe box compared to the Brooks Ravenna 9.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com does not come with overlays in its forefoot and part of its midfoot. Most of the overlays on the Brooks Ravenna 9 are located towards the back of the running shoe around the heel.

This increases the amount of comfort that the Brooks Ravenna 9 delivers, but it also loosens the fit a bit compared to the Saucony Guide 10.

In addition, overlays somewhat increase the durability of a running shoe, so in that respect, the Saucony Guide 10 might be more durable than the Brooks Ravenna 9.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 also exposes more mesh at the back than the Saucony Guide 10 does.

All in all, the Saucony Guide 10 delivers a bit more support through its upper than the Brooks Ravenna 9, but the Brooks Ravenna 9 might feel more comfortable than Saucony Guide 10.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 is not known or meant to deliver a lot of cushioning, while the Saucony Guide 10 is meant to be cushy.

According to lab tests, the Saucony Guide 10 has a very cushy forefoot for both men and women, while the Brooks Ravenna 9 has a moderately cushioned forefoot for both men and women.

This means that the Brooks Ravenna 9 might feel a bit more responsive than the Saucony Guide 10.

Furthermore, the Saucony Guide 10 also has more heel cushioning than the Brooks Ravenna 9 for both men and women, but the the difference is not as big as in the forefoot.

Both running shoes provide an above average amount of heel cushioning, and men get more heel cushioning than women in both running shoes.

Both the Saucony Guide 10 and the Brooks Ravenna 9 have an all-in-one midsole that provides a good amount of ground contact and that has a medial post to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

The medial post runs higher in the Saucony Guide 10 and is located more or less directly under the midfoot, while that of the Brooks Ravenna 9 is located more under the heel.

Therefore, the Brooks Ravenna 9 would suit runners who tend to roll inward under their heels, while the Saucony Guide 10 would suit the average overpronator.

In terms of stability and support, both the Saucony Guide 10 and the Brooks Ravenna 9 are rated high by lab tests, and the Brooks Ravenna 9 is placed a couple of notches above the Saucony Guide 10, which is surprising.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different, with the Saucony Guide 10 having wide flex grooves, and the Brooks Ravenna 9 having rubber in the form of an X right under the midfoot to deliver faster heel-to-toe transitions.

The amount of separation in the outsole is good in both running shoes, so they should be able to absorb and dissipate shock well, all of which should benefit the smoothness of your ride.

Lab tests have found both the Brooks Ravenna 9 and the Saucony Guide 10 to be moderately flexible for both men and women, with the Saucony Guide 10 being a tad more flexible for men and the Brooks Ravenna 9 a tad more flexible for women.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 9 weighs approximately 7.8 oz (221 grams), and the Saucony Guide 10 for women weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 9.8 oz (278 grams) and 10.1 oz (286 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Ravenna 9 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator who wants a good amount of stability and support, you could choose either the Saucony Guide 10 or the Brooks Ravenna 9.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 is good for those who are seeking comfort and who are looking to go fast, because a lot of its features are geared towards performance.

The Saucony Guide 10 is good for those who want a more secure fit and who are looking for a soft ride during long runs.

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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