Saucony Guide 9 is a very stable, supportive, and overall cushy running shoe. Brooks Ravenna 7 strikes a good balance between stabilty, cushioning, and comfort...
The Saucony Guide 9 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 are stability running shoes that are geared toward runners who need some stability and support but not excessively.
The upper of the Saucony Guide 9 consists of a combination of stitched-on overlays and no-sew overlays.
The stitched-on overlays are located on the medial side of the shoe where overpronators tend to need the most support and at the back of the shoe.
There are also stitched-on overlays that cradle the heel and at the front of the shoe.
The Brooks Ravenna 7 is different in that most of its overlays are no-sew overlays. And then to give you a good hold around the midfoot, it has a band that runs from the saddle toward the midsole and back of the shoe.
The common theme in both shoes is to open up the forefoot by keeping the sturdier overlays pulled back and only having lighter overlays run over the toe box. Therefore, both running shoes should be able to provide comfort in the toe box.
The Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Saucony Guide 9 provide a similar amount of support and comfort through their uppers.
Both the Saucony Guide 9 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 also provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles but to different degrees.
They both also have a crash pad that runs under the heel to provide you with a soft touchdown. Their crash pads connect nicely to the forefoot on the lateral side for a smooth transition to toe-off thereafter.
Running shoe lab tests show that the Saucony Guide 9 is overall more cushy than the Brooks Ravenna 7 for both men and women.
However, this does not mean that the Brooks Ravenna 7 feels firm under the foot, because it provides above average cushioning that is well-balanced between the forefoot and heel, especially for women.
For men, the heel cushioning tops the forefoot cushioning, but the forefoot cushioning still remains above average.
The Saucony Guide 9 turns out to be super cushy for men, according to the lab tests. For women, the amount of forefoot cushioning is to the max, but the heel cushioning lags just a bit behind.
Both the Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Saucony Guide 9 are meant to provide support to overpronators. And they do this through a medial post in the midsole.
This medial post seems to be longer in the Brooks Ravenna 7 but more centered under the heel than under the midfoot. The medial post of the Saucony Guide 9 does not reach the back of the shoe, but it is more centered under the arch.
Therefore, the effect of pronation control is highly likely to be different in the two stability running shoes. Choosing one or the other should depend on how you actually roll your foot inward during overpronation.
Both the Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Saucony Guide 9 provide a good amount of ground contact, but the Saucony Guide 9 provides just a tad more, since it does not have a midfoot shank like the Brooks Ravenna 7 that prevents full ground contact under the arch.
Nonetheless, they are both very stable running shoes.
Their rubber outsoles look different but provide a good amount of separation for shock absorption and dissipation. The most segmentation is located directly under the crash pad of both running shoes.
They both also have a good amount of flex grooves in the forefoot for flexibility. However, running shoe lab tests have revealed that they are both on the stiff side for men and that the Saucony Guide 9 is just a bit more flexible than the Brooks Ravenna 7 for women.
The women's version of the Saucony Guide 9 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams), while the Brooks Ravenna 7 for women weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams).
The men's version of the Saucony Guide 9 weighs about 10.0 oz (283 grams), and the Brooks Ravenna 7 for men weighs 11.0 oz (312 grams).
If you are a moderate overpronator looking for a running shoe that provides tons of stability and support, you could go with either the Brooks Ravenna 7 or the Saucony Guide 9.
However, if you want to get a very soft ride along with all of that stability, the Saucony Guide 9 might do a better job than the Brooks Ravenna 7.
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.