Saucony Guide 8 vs. Brooks Ravenna 7 review

Saucony Guide 8 is a very stable and supportive running shoe that has a cushy forefoot. Brooks Ravenna 7 strikes a good balance between stabilty, cushioning, and comfort...

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The Saucony Guide 8 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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Both the Saucony Guide 8 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 have very supportive uppers.

While the Brooks Ravenna 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com consists mainly of no-sew overlays to provide support, it comes with an extra band that pulls the saddle toward the midsole and back of the shoe. This increases the amount of support provided in the upper without causing too much irritation.

The Saucony Guide 8, on the other hand, implements standard stitched-on overlays on both the medial and lateral sides but more so on the medial than on the lateral side, since support tends to be needed most on the medial side. The overlays in the Saucony Guide 8 also wrap the heel well to provide support at the back.

While both the Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Saucony Guide 8 have very light no-sew overlays running over the toe box, the forefoot area of the Brooks Ravenna 7 is more open and free than that of the Saucony Guide 8 because other more supportive overlays have been pulled back.

Therefore, the Brooks Ravenna 7 may feel a bit more comfortable in the forefoot area than the Saucony Guide 8.

The midsoles of the Saucony Guide 8 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 are very similar in that they have a crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot to provide soft landings with a smooth transition to toe-off thereafter.

Running shoe lab test results display big differences between the cushioning profiles for men and women.

For women, both the Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Saucony Guide 8 have a similar amount of forefoot cushioning, but the Saucony Guide 8 has a more cushy heel than the Brooks Ravenna 7.

For men, the Saucony Guide 8 has a way more cushy forefoot than the Brooks Ravenna 7, but the Brooks Ravenna 7 has a way more cushy heel than the Saucony Guide 8.

But in all cases, both running shoes turn out to have above average cushioning, so should feel quite soft under your foot.

Both the Brooks Ravenna 7 and Saucony Guide 8 also have a device on the medial side of the midsole to control overpronation.

This device has a similar length in both running shoes, but is placed more under the arch in the Saucony Guide 8 and more under the heel in the Brooks Ravenna 7.

In addition, when you look under the shoe, the pronation control device takes up a larger area under the heel than that of the Saucony Guide 8 does under the midfoot.

From this one can conclude that the Brooks Ravenna 7 may provide a slightly stronger degree of pronation control than the Saucony Guide 8.

Keep in mind, however, that the localization of the pronation control is different in the two running shoes. So you have to look at how you roll your foot inward to decide which one would suit you better.

The rubber outsole of the Brooks Ravenna 7 looks quite different from that of the Saucony Guide 8.

While both have a small midfoot shank on the medial side and provide a good amount of ground contact, the rubber compartments are laid out differently.

The rubber under the Brooks Ravenna 7 is more squarish, while that under the Saucony Guide 8 has a fan shape in the forefoot. In addition, the Saucony Guide 8 has more flex grooves than the Brooks Ravenna 7, but this does not automatically make it more flexible.

Running shoe lab tests show that the Saucony Guide 8 is quite stiff for men and that the Brooks Ravenna 7 is just a tiny bit more flexible.

For women, the Saucony Guide 8 turns out to be somewhat more flexible than the Brooks Ravenna 7, which winds up being on the stiffer end of the spectrum.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 8 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 8 weighs about 10.1 oz (286 grams), and the Brooks Ravenna 7 for men weighs 11.0 oz (312 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a running shoe that provides a good amount of stability and support and enough cushioning for long runs, you could go with either the Saucony Guide 8 or the Brooks Ravenna 7, since both are very stable running shoes.

These two running shoes come quite close to each other in what they provide. Choosing one over the other will probably depend on your preference for the type and location of pronation control.

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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