Saucony Guide ISO vs. Brooks Ravenna 9 review

Saucony Guide ISO provides lots of stability and support to overpronators. Brooks Ravenna 9 provides comfort and a responsive ride to moderate overpronators...

The Saucony Guide ISO and the Brooks Ravenna 9 are stability running shoes for runners who overpronate and who require a moderate amount of stability and support.

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The uppers of the Saucony Guide ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ravenna 9 differ in that the overlays on the Brooks Ravenna 9 have been moved back quite a bit to open up the forefoot and part of the midfoot for comfort.

The Saucony Guide ISO, on the other hand, has overlays around the midfoot and some of them connect to the toecap.

Therefore, the Brooks Ravenna 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com would offer more comfort to runners with big bunions.

The negative side of that is that most of the support offered by the Brooks Ravenna 9 is centered around the heel and less around the midfoot where overpronators need the most support.

The amount of support behind the heel is not over the top in the two running shoes, but the Saucony Guide ISO seems to offer better coverage behind the heel than the Brooks Ravenna 9 does.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 is a running shoe that exposes a lot of mesh and offers quite a bit of comfort, but compared to the Saucony Guide ISO, it has an upper that might be somewhat less supportive overall.

The midsoles of the Saucony Guide ISO and the Brooks Ravenna 9 are similar in that they offer a good amount of ground contact under the midfoot for more stability and smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

They also both come with a post on the medial side to control overpronation.

The medial post runs higher in the midsole of the Saucony Guide ISO than it does in the midsole of the Brooks Ravenna 9.

Nonetheless, lab tests have estimated the Brooks Ravenna 9 to be a tiny bit more stable than the Saucony Guide ISO and that both running shoes offer a high degree of stability and support.

Note that the medial post of the Brooks Ravenna 9 is located more under the heel and the one of the Saucony Guide ISO is located closer to the midfoot and covers part of the heel and the forefoot.

Therefore, the pronation control offered by the Brooks Ravenna 9 would be good for runners who turn inward under their heels, while the Saucony Guide ISO tries to serve the average overpronator.

In terms of cushioning, the Brooks Ravenna 9 delivers a moderate amount of forefoot cushioning, while the Saucony Guide ISO delivers an above average amount so can be considered to be cushy.

The Saucony Guide ISO has a somewhat firm heel, according to lab tests, while the Brooks Ravenna 9 delivers an amount of heel cushioning that lies way above average for men and just above average for women.

The conclusion is that the Brooks Ravenna 9 should feel more responsive than the Saucony Guide ISO due to its moderate amount of forefoot cushioning, and it is better for heel-strikers than the Saucony Guide ISO due to its above average amount of heel cushioning.

The heel-to-toe drop of the Brooks Ravenna 9 is also about 1 mm more than that of the Saucony Guide ISO, so the Brooks Ravenna 9 should also feel more like a performance running shoe than the Saucony Guide ISO.

The latter is corroborated by the fact that the rubber outsole of the Brooks Ravenna 9 has been set up in a way to deliver faster heel-to-toe transitions by having an X pattern right under the midfoot.

However, both running shoes display a good amount of separation in their rubber outsoles, although the Brooks Ravenna 9 has been measured to be moderately flexible for both men and women, while the Saucony Guide ISO can be seen as stiff for both genders.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 9 weighs approximately 7.8 oz (221 grams), and the Saucony Guide ISO for women weighs 8.9 oz (253 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.8 oz (278 grams) and 10.5 oz (298 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Ravenna 9 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a lot of stability and support from a running shoe, you could choose either the Brooks Ravenna 9 or the Saucony Guide ISO.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 is good for runners who are looking to go fast, because a lot of its features such as its weight, heel-to-toe drop, and forefoot cushioning support performance. The Brooks Ravenna 9 might also be better for heel-strikers.

The Saucony Guide ISO is good for runners who are looking for a more secure fit and who prefer a running shoe that has a cushy forefoot.

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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