Brooks Ghost 7 vs. Brooks Ravenna 5 review

Brooks Ghost 7 provides excellent heel cushioning and smooth transitions to neutral runners, while Brooks Ravenna 5 is a light stability shoe that was built with performance in mind.

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The Brooks Ghost 7 and the Brooks Ravenna 5 fall in two entirely different categories of running shoes.

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The Brooks Ghost 7 is a neutral running shoe, while the Brooks Ravenna 5 is a mild stability shoe, so can also be worn by neutral runners who require just a little bit of support.

The overlays in the uppers of these two Brooks running shoes are very different.

The overlays that go across the midfoot are no-sew overlays on the Brooks Ghost 7, while they have stitches on the Brooks Ravenna 5.

In addition, the Brooks Ravenna 5 has a band – an adjustable saddle wrapping – that attaches down towards the midfoot and also back towards the heel. So this is really going to keep your foot firmly in place; much firmer than in the Brooks Ghost 7.

The toe box of both running shoes have light welded-on overlays running over the front of the shoe. These overlays are more plentiful in the Brooks Ravenna 5 than they are in the Brooks Ghost 7. While the toe box of the Brooks Ravenna 5 is said to be roomy, the toe box of the Brooks Ghost 7 might feel less constricted.

And finally, the overlay at the back of the Brooks Ravenna 5 is narrower than that on the Brooks Ghost 7. So while the Brooks Ghost 7 might provide you with a looser fit overall, it should give you better support behind the heel.

The midsoles of the Brooks Ravenna 5 and the Brooks Ghost 7 consist of BioMogo DNA that adapts to your weight, foot, pace, and stride. So there aren't any differences there, except for how the cushioning has been laid out.

The Brooks Ghost 7 has an anatomical layout, while the Brooks Ravenna 5 has a full-length layout, making especially the forefoot of the Brooks Ravenna 5 feel much softer than that of the Brooks Ghost 7.

What is also different is that the midsole of the Brooks Ravenna 5 has a medial post to provide mild stability and support, while the midsole of the Brooks Ghost 7 does not contain any extra support elements.

Another difference is in the crash under the heel. The Brooks Ghost 7 has a horseshoe-shaped crash pad, while the crash pad under the Brooks Ravenna 5 runs from the back of the heel around to the outside of the shoe towards the midfoot. So the heel of the Brooks Ghost 7 should feel slightly softer than that of the Brooks Ravenna 5, especially when you land.

And while the Brooks Ghost 7 provides full ground contact under the arch, the Brooks Ravenna 5 still has a slimmed down shank in the midfoot that prevents the shoe from making full ground contact there.

Nonetheless, a large part of the midfoot still touches the ground on the lateral side of the shoe, so should provide you with a smooth heel-to-toe transition just like the Brooks Ghost 7.

The outsoles of the Brooks Ravenna 5 and the Brooks Ghost 7 look very similar with their segmented rubber lugs under the heel and flex grooves in the forefoot, so they should provide you with a similar amount of flexibility.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams), while the Brooks Ghost 7 weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 5 weighs about 10.7 oz (303 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 7 for men weighs 10.3 oz (292 grams).

There aren't many differences between the Brooks Ghost 7 and the Brooks Ravenna 5, other than that the Brooks Ravenna 5 was built with speed and mild support in mind. It locks you down well on the platform and gives you enough protection from the road, so that all you have to think about is running; it is a race-ready shoe.

The Brooks Ghost 7 is more for purely neutral runners who want lots of heel cushioning, a comfortable fit, and a smooth ride.

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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