Brooks Glycerin 14 vs. Brooks Ravenna 7 review

Brooks Glycerin 14 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a secure but comfortable fit. Brooks Ravenna 7 strikes a good balance between cushioning and stability for overpronators.

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The Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Brooks Glycerin 14 being a neutral cushioning running shoe and the Brooks Ravenna 7 a stability running shoe.

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Despite the Brooks Glycerin 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com being a neutral cushioning running shoe, it comes with a good amount of support around the midfoot in broad and sturdy stitched-on overlays.

The Brooks Ravenna 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com also increases the amount of support around the midfoot with a strap that runs from the saddle to the midsole and around the heel.

Other than that, both running shoes implement no-sew overlays throughout their uppers, with the Brooks Glycerin 14 offering a more precise positioning of its overlays due to the use of 3D Print overlays.

The overlays of the Brooks Glycerin 14 also stretch a bit so may provide a more custom fit than the Brooks Ravenna 7 as your foot swells.

Overall, you should be able to get a good amount of support and comfort from either running shoe.

Because the Brooks Glycerin 14 is a neutral cushioning running shoe and the Brooks Ravenna 7 a stability running shoe, the Brooks Glycerin 14 is expected to provide a softer running experience than the Brooks Ravenna 7.

This expectation also stems from the fact that the type of midsole material that the Brooks Glycerin 14 uses provides more cushioning than the type of midsole material used by the Brooks Ravenna 7.

All this is also confirmed by running shoe lab tests, which show that the Brooks Glycerin 14 is overall very cushy and more cushy than the Brooks Ravenna 7 for both men and women. However, the cushioning profile differs between the two genders.

For women, the Brooks Glycerin 14 is quite cushy in both the heel and the forefoot, but the Brooks Ravenna 7 does not lag too far behind, because it provides above average cushining in both the heel and the forefoot.

The Brooks Ravenna 7 is actually quite cushy for a stability running shoe, especially in the forefoot.

For men, the differences are a bit larger with the Brooks Ravenna 7 displaying quite a bit of heel cushioning but only slightly above average forefoot cushioning.

However, the Brooks Glycerin 14 is still the more cushy running shoe of the two and displays almost a maximum amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot for men.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 also sits a bit higher (about 1 - 2 mm) off the ground and has a larger heel-to-toe drop than the Brooks Ravenna 7.

The heel-to-toe drop of the Brooks Glycerin 14 is about 10.1 mm for women and 11.3 mm for men, while that of the Brooks Ravenna 7 is about 8.8 mm for women and 9.4 mm for men.

The biggest difference between the Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 is the fact that the Brooks Ravenna 7 comes with reinforcement in its midsole to provide pronation control to overpronators.

The Brooks Ravenna 7 has a support system in place on the medial side of its midsole to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 does not come with such support, because it is a running shoe for neutral runners who do not need such support.

Instead, it provides a good amount of ground contact, which increases the stability of the running shoe a bit but not to the extent that the Brooks Ravenna 7 does.

The outsoles of the two running shoes provide a good amount of separation for shock absorption and dissipation although the Brooks Glycerin 14 displays a bit more separation than the Brooks Ravenna 7, especially in its forefoot.

The amount of separation and ground contact provided by the Brooks Glycerin 14 should help give you a much smoother ride than the Brooks Ravenna 7.

Running shoe lab tests show that it also helps the Brooks Glycerin 14 be more flexible than the Brooks Ravenna 7 for both men and women.

On the other hand, the Brooks Ravenna 7 turns out to be quite stiff for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), while the Brooks Ravenna 7 for women weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs about 10.7 oz (303 grams), and the Brooks Ravenna 7 for men weighs 11.0 oz (312 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a good amount of support, the logical choice would be to turn to the Brooks Ravenna 7 instead of the Brooks Glycerin 14, because the Brooks Ravenna 7 is a very stable running shoe and provides tons of support to overpronators.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 provides a slightly above average amount of stability but probably not enough for overpronators who need lots of it.

And if you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft, smooth, and comfortable ride, the Brooks Glycerin 14 would definitely 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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