Saucony Guide 8 vs. Brooks Ravenna 6 review

Saucony Guide 8 is a very stable and supportive running shoe that has a cushy forefoot. Brooks Ravenna 6 delivers a good blend of stabilty and cushioning with a smooth ride.

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The Saucony Guide 8 and the Brooks Ravenna 6 are stability running shoes that are geared towards runners who need some stability and support, but not excessively.


The Saucony Guide 8 has a sturdy upper with traditional stitched-on overlays that wrap the midfoot and the heel, and lighter no-sew welded-on overlays running over the toe box.

Except for a stitched-on piece at the back of the shoe, the Brooks Ravenna 6 consists almost entirely of no-sew overlays.

No-sew overlays are believed to cause less irritation, but also generally provide a looser fit.

To counterbalance the latter, the Brooks Ravenna 6 has an adjustable strap that runs across the midfoot to really lock your foot down on the running platform.

So whether you decide to go with the Saucony Guide 8 or the Brooks Ravenna 6, you should get a similar amount of support from their uppers.

The midsoles of the Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Saucony Guide 8 are very similar in construction.

They both offer heel-to-toe cushioning, they both have a medial post of similar size to control overpronation, and they both have a crash pad under the heel that is well-segmented for good shock absorption at heel-strike.

The crash pads under the Saucony Guide 8 and the Brooks Ravenna 6 run till the midfoot and connect well with the forefoot, so should also provide you with a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The degree of pronation control should also be similar in the two running shoes, since the medial post runs similarly in height and length in both shoes.

The Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Saucony Guide 8 also both provide almost full ground contact, so can be seen as stable running shoes.

So for stability, support, and pronation control, you could go with either the Saucony Guide 8 or the Brooks Ravenna 6, since both running shoes are very similar in that respect.

The difference comes in the amount of cushioning due to the thickness of the midsoles, the materials used, and the type of rubber used in the outsole.

The Saucony Guide 8 is 0.6 mm thicker in the heel and 1.4 mm thicker in the forefoot than the Brooks Ravenna 6 for men. For women, the differences are 3 mm in the heel and 1.8 mm in the forefoot, with the Saucony Guide 8 having the thicker midsole.

This makes the Saucony Guide 8 more cushy than the Brooks Ravenna 6, especially for women. For men, the Saucony Guide 8 turns out to have a more cushy forefoot, but a firmer heel than the Brooks Ravenna 6.

But a thicker midsole also generally means a stiffer running shoe. So not surprisingly, the Saucony Guide 8 turns out to be a relatively stiff running shoe.

But not always, since running shoe lab tests have revealed that the Saucony Guide 8 is more flexible than the Brooks Ravenna 6 for women, and that while the Saucony Guide 8 is stiffer than the Brooks Ravenna 6 for men, it is not stiffer by much, since both running shoes turn out to be pretty stiff.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 8 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), while the Brooks Ravenna 6 for women weighs approximately 9.1 oz (258 grams). The men's version of the Saucony Guide 8 weighs about 10.1 oz (286 grams), and the Brooks Ravenna 6 for men weighs 11.3 oz (320 grams).

If you are looking for a running shoe that provides a good amount of stability, support, and a smooth ride to moderate overpronators, either running shoe would do.

But if you are looking for a soft ride, the Saucony Guide 8 could fulfill that wish more than the Brooks Ravenna 6, except for if you are a man who is a heel-striker, in which case the Brooks Ravenna 6 would offer better protection from the road than the Saucony Guide 8.

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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