Brooks Ghost 9 vs. Brooks Ravenna 7 review

Brooks Ghost 9 provides an overall soft ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. Brooks Ravenna 7 strikes a good balance between cushioning and stability for overpronators.

NEW! Brooks Ghost 9 vs. Brooks Ravenna 8

The Brooks Ghost 9 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Brooks Ghost 9 being a neutral cushioning running shoe and the Brooks Ravenna 7 a stability running shoe.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 9 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are similar in that they both have a minimum amount of stitches in them.

Stitches can mostly be found either at the front or the back of the shoes or both.

The Brooks Ghost 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has less stitches and also lighter no-sew overlays than the Brooks Ravenna 7. Its mesh is also a bit more open and has structure to partially replace overlays.

The Brooks Ravenna 7 has no-sew overlays in its upper but also comes with an extra band that wraps around the heel and pulls the saddle toward the midsole to really strap your foot in.

The Brooks Ghost 9 does not have such a strap but still provides enough support to keep your foot on the platform.

However, if you need extra support in the upper, the Brooks Ravenna 7 would be the one to give you that more than the Brooks Ghost 9.

Both running shoes were built with comfort in mind and this is evident from their uppers.

The Brooks Ravenna 7 and Brooks Ghost 9 are also similar in that they were not intended to be super plush running shoes. This benefits the stability of both running shoes.

However, because the Brooks Ghost 9 is a neutral cushioning running shoe, it is expected to deliver a softer ride than the Brooks Ravenna 7.

The latter is confirmed by running shoe lab tests, but the tests results are quite surprising.

For men, both the Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Brooks Ghost 9 display a similar cushioning profile with slightly above average forefoot cushioning and a very cushy heel.

The Brooks Ghost 9 has just a tiny bit more cushioning than the Brooks Ravenna 7 in both the forefoot and the heel.

Slightly bigger differences can be noted between the running shoes for women, where the Brooks Ravenna 7 has a more cushy forefoot than the Brooks Ghost 9, and the Brooks Ghost 9 has a more cushy heel than the Brooks Ravenna 7, with both providing overall above average cushioning.

So the conclusion would be that the Brooks Ghost 9 is quite good if you are a male or female heel-striker, and that the Brooks Ravenna 7 provides a good amount of cushioning despite not being a cushioning running shoe.

What both running shoes also display is a high degree of stability, with the Brooks Ravenna 7 topping the chart, although the Brooks Ghost 9 does not lag far behind.

This is surprising in the case of the Brooks Ghost 9 because it is not a statbility running shoe.

The Brooks Ghost 9 gets its stability from the good amount of ground contact it provides, its cushioning that is not too soft, and its crash pad that runs along the entire outer length of the midsole.

However, all this cannot beat the stability provided by the Brooks Ravenna 7, which gets its stability primarily from a medial post and a small midfoot shank.

The medial post of the Brooks Ravenna 7 lies mostly under the heel and runs quite far in under the heel.

And while the Brooks Ravenna 7 also comes with a crash pad under the heel, it stops at the midfoot instead of going all the way to the toes like in the Brooks Ghost 9.

Both running shoes display a good amount of separation in their outsoles although the Brooks Ghost 9 is more segmented than the Brooks Ravenna 7.

The segmetation will help with the smoothness of your ride, but it does not help much with the flexibility of the running shoe, according to running shoe lab tests.

Tests indicate that both the Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Brooks Ghost 9 are quite stiff running shoes for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), while the Brooks Ravenna 7 for women weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs about 10.5 oz (298 grams), and the Brooks Ravenna 7 for men weighs 11.0 oz (312 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride from a running shoe, you may want to look into the Brooks Ghost 9. It also provides a good amount of stability without any corrections if you need some as a neutral runner.

And if you are a moderate overpronator who needs a good amount of stability and support but who is also looking for a good amount of cushioning, the Brooks Ravenna 7 might be worth looking 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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