Saucony Guide 7 vs. Brooks Ravenna 5 review

Saucony Guide 7 and Brooks Ravenna 5 both deliver a good blend of cushioning and stability with a smooth ride, but one is softer in the forefoot and the other in the heel. Learn more.

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The Saucony Guide 7 and the Brooks Ravenna 5 fall in the same category of moderate stability running shoes but are made by two different manufacturers.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ravenna 5 and the Saucony Guide 7 both consist of breathable mesh with synthetic overlays. However, the Saucony Guide 7 has more stitched overlays than the Brooks Ravenna 5.

The stitched overlays on the Brooks Ravenna 5 run mostly from the top of the midfoot to the bottom and to the back of the heel. In addition, the Brooks Ravenna has an extra adjustable band with which you can really lock your foot down on the platform. All other overlays have been welded onto the upper.

While the Saucony Guide 7 has less overlays that run over the toe box, those overlays cause the big toe and little toe not to have much room to move around. The same is true for the Brooks Ravenna 5, but because the overlays are light, your feet should feel a bit more comfortable than in the Saucony Guide 7.

So if you are looking for a very secure fit around the midfoot and a roomy toe box, the Brooks Ravenna 5 would be the one to go with.

Both the Saucony Guide 7 and the Brooks Ravenna 5 have a medial post in the midsole to control overpronation.

The medial post of the Brooks Ravenna 5 is slightly shorter than that of the Saucony Guide 7, so you can expect to get a little bit more support and stability from the Saucony Guide 7 than from the Brooks Ravenna 5.

Both running shoes also have a crash pad under the heel that runs from the back of the shoe around towards the outside of the shoe towards the midfoot.

The crash pad of the Brooks Ravenna 5 is more segmented than that of the Saucony Guide 7, so it should provide slightly better shock absorption and dissipation in addition to heel cushioning than the Saucony Guide 7.

The Brooks Ravenna 5 and the Saucony Guide 7 make use of two different midsole foams with cushioning properties and the cushioning runs the full length of the shoes.

But the forefoot of the Saucony Guide 7 sits a bit higher off the ground than that of the Brooks Ravenna 5, so the Saucony Guide 7 is expected to provide a softer feeling under your forefoot than the Brooks Ravenna 5.

The outsoles of both running shoes have a similar layout with a midfoot that touches the ground on the lateral side of the shoe, so both the Saucony Guide 7 and the Brooks Ravenna 5 should provide a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The similar placement of the durable rubber under the heel of the Saucony Guide 7 and the Brooks Ravenna 5 should suit runners who land somewhere on the back or outer edge of their heel – the way many overpronators land.

The rubber in forefoot area of both running shoes is well-segmented with flex grooves and the Saucony Guide 7 would promote the out-in motion of the foot well.

However, the main flex grooves do not extend from side-to-side, making the forefoot above average stiff. The Brooks Ravenna 5 should feel just a little bit more flexible in this area.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 7 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams), while the Brooks Ravenna 5 weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams). The men's version of the Saucony Guide 7 weighs about 10.1 oz (286 grams), and the Brooks Ravenna 5 for men weighs 10.7 oz (303 grams).

If you are a runner who needs a moderate amount of stability and are looking for a light running shoe with lots of forefoot cushioning, then the Saucony Guide 7 might be the one for you. And if you are a heel-striker looking for a good balance between stability and cushioning with a firm lock down, then the Brooks Ravenna 5 is worth looking into.

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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