Brooks Glycerin 14 vs. Brooks Ravenna 8 review

Brooks Glycerin 14 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a secure but comfortable fit. Brooks Ravenna 8 provides comfort and cushioning to moderate overpronators.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Ravenna 8 fall in different categories, with the Brooks Glycerin 14 being a neutral cushioning running shoe and the Brooks Ravenna 8 a stability running shoe.

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The uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ravenna 8 are quite different.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com tends to have a wide and open forefoot with stability features placed more towards the back of the shoe.

It has a strap that is adjustable in the saddle to increase the amount of support around the midfoot, but this cannot compete with the broad overlays that the Brooks Glycerin 14 has.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 provides a more secure fit and has 3D print overlays running throughout its entire upper to give you a more custom fit.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 comes with mostly mesh at the front and a no-sew strip that runs along the upper edge of the midsole to keep your foot on the platform.

Both running shoes provide an adequate amount of support behind the heel.

So in terms of support, the amount you get might be comparable but the location of the support differs in the two running shoes.

Because the Brooks Glycerin 14 is a cushioning running shoe, it also implements a midsole that provides more cushioning than the midsole material used by the Brooks Ravenna 8.

The difference in cushioning is noticeable in running shoe lab tests results, and especially for men.

Men will get almost a maximum amount of cushioning from the Brooks Glycerin 14 in both the heel and the forefoot.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 offers an above average amount of cushioning and displays a nice balance between the amount of heel and forefoot cushioning, so men should still be able to get a soft ride from the Brooks Ravenna 8 but not as soft as in the Brooks Glycerin 14.

Women get almost as much heel cushioning from the Brooks Ravenna 8 as they do from the Brooks Glycerin 14, with both running shoes offering a lot of heel cushioning.

The amount of forefoot cushioning is also above average in both running shoes for women, but women will get much more forefoot cushioning from the Brooks Glycerin 14 than they will from the Brooks Ravenna 8.

The biggest difference between the two running shoes is that the Brooks Ravenna 8 comes with a support system on the medial side to help the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

However, while the Brooks Glycerin 14 does not come with any devices to control overpronation, because it is a running shoe for neutral runners who do not need such support, its midsole provides full ground contact and is well segmented to function like a crash pad.

Therefore, the Brooks Glycerin 14 still manages to provide stability to runners, and according to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Glycerin 14 provides an above average amount of stability and more stability than the Brooks Ravenna 8, which offers a below average amount of stability, which is surprising.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different in layout, with the Brooks Glycerin 14 displaying more separation than the Brooks Ravenna 8.

However, both running shoes provide ground contact under the midfoot, so can offer smoother and faster heel-to-toe transitions.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 has a good amount of flex grooves in the forefoot, and so does the Brooks Glycerin 14.

Both running shoes are flexible for women, according to running shoe lab tests, but the Brooks Glycerin 14 is a bit more flexible than the Brooks Ravenna 8 for men.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), while the Brooks Ravenna 8 for women weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs about 10.7 oz (303 grams), and the Brooks Ravenna 8 for men weighs 10.8 oz (306 grams).

If you are an overpronator, the Brooks Ravenna 8 was created with your needs in mind, and if you are a neutral runner, the Brooks Glycerin 14 would be the logical choice.

Based on results from running shoe lab tests, it seems like the Brooks Glycerin 14 is much more cushy and stable than the Brooks Ravenna 8.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 might also be better for bigger runners due to the secure fit around the midfoot.

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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