Saucony Guide 9 vs. Brooks Ravenna 6 review

Saucony Guide 9 is a very stable, supportive, and overall cushy running shoe. Brooks Ravenna 6 delivers a good blend of stabilty and cushioning with a potentially smooth ride.

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The Saucony Guide 9 and the Brooks Ravenna 6 are stability running shoes that are geared toward runners who need some stability and support, but not excessively.

The uppers of the Saucony Guide 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ravenna 6 differ in that the Brooks Ravenna 6 has a mostly no-sew upper, while the Saucony Guide 9 has some stitched-on overlays on the medial side of the shoe and at the back.

Stitched-on overlays are generally more supportive than no-sew overlays.

However, because the Brooks Ravenna 6 has a band on the medial and lateral sides that wraps the midfoot through the saddle, it provides the amount of support needed by overpronators around their midfoot.

What is similar between the Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Saucony Guide 9 is the fact that the more supportive overlays have been pulled back, to really open up the forefoot and provide comfort in that area with only light no-sew overlays running over the toe box.

Everything considered, both the Saucony Guide 9 and the Brooks Ravenna 6 have a supportive upper.

The midsoles of the Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Saucony Guide 9 are similar in that they both provide heel-to-toe cushioning, they both have a crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot, and they both have a piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

However, the medial post is a bit longer in the Saucony Guide 9 than it is in the Brooks Ravenna 6. This does not necessarily mean that it is better. It only means that the Saucony Guide 9 may suit a larger crowd than the Brooks Ravenna 6.

It all depends on what and where a runner needs support. A runner who laterally turns in his or her foot, could go with the Brooks Ravenna 6, while a runner who twists in more toward the forefoot or rearfoot, would benefit from the support provided by the Saucony Guide 9.

Another difference is that the Saucony Guide 9 has a layer of softer foam at the top of the midsole, while the Brooks Ravenna 6 does not. This may make the Saucony Guide 9 come out on top in cushioning.

And indeed, running shoe lab tests confirm that the Saucony Guide 9 is overall more cushy than the Brooks Ravenna 6, but this might be also due to the fact that the Saucony Guide 9 sits a little bit higher off the ground than the Brooks Ravenna 6.

For men, the heel cushioning of the Brooks Ravenna 6 comes close to that of the Saucony Guide 9, but if you are a women who wants an overall soft ride, the Saucony Guide 9 should be able to give you that.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ considerably in construction and layout, but both display an acceptable amount of separation for shock dissipation and absorption.

The Saucony Guide 9 provides more ground contact than the Brooks Ravenna 6 due to the absence of a midfoot shank like the one on the medial side of the Brooks Ravenna 6.

More ground contact could mean a more stable and smooth ride, but because the Brooks Ravenna 6 connects its heel nicely to its forefoot under the midfoot, it also has the potential of giving you a stable and smooth ride.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that the two running shoes are almost equally stiff for men with the Brooks Ravenna 6 being just a tad more flexible.

For women, it is the other way around with the Saucony Guide 9 displaying more flexibility than the Brooks Ravenna 6.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 9 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams), while the Brooks Ravenna 6 for women weighs approximately 9.1 oz (258 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Guide 9 weighs about 10.0 oz (283 grams), and the Brooks Ravenna 6 for men weighs 11.3 oz (320 grams).

If you are a runner who moderately overpronates, you could go with either the Brooks Ravenna 6 or the Saucony Guide 9, since they are both very supportive running shoes.

However, depending on how you twist your foot when you overpronate, you may want to consider one or the other.

And if you want a very cushy ride in addition to stability and support, the Saucony Guide 9 would be the one to look 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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