Brooks Launch 5 vs. Brooks Ravenna 9 review

Brooks Launch 5 is a light neutral running shoe for fast-paced runners. Brooks Ravenna 9 provides comfort and a responsive ride to moderate overpronators...

The Brooks Launch 5 and the Brooks Ravenna 9 almost look like twins, which is why they might confuse people.

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However, they fall in two entirely different categories of running shoes and are for different types of runners, with the Brooks Ravenna 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com being a stability running shoe for mild to moderate overpronators and the Brooks Launch 5 a cushioning running shoe for neutral runners.

The uppers of both the Brooks Launch 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ravenna 9 are pretty open and free from overlays from forefoot to midfoot.

Therefore, both running shoes should offer a good amount of comfort in the toe box.

Neither running shoe comes with a no-sew or stitched-on toecap so are also more or less the same where durability is concerned.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 has a few no-sew overlays pulling the top part of the saddle towards the heel and a few more around the collar.

However, both the Brooks Launch 5 and the Brooks Ravenna 9 expose quite a bit of mesh and should feel more like a sock around your foot.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of comfort from the upper of either running shoe, with the Brooks Ravenna 9 delivering just a bit more support through its upper than the Brooks Launch 5 does.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 and the Brooks Launch 5 make use of the same type of midsole material, which is meant to deliver a soft but not super soft ride.

The lateral side of the midsole of the Brooks Launch 5 looks quite similar to that of the Brooks Ravenna 9.

However, the two running shoes display differences at the back and on the medial side, where the Brooks Ravenna 9 has a medial post that is located mostly under the heel to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

The Brooks Launch 5 does not have a medial post, because it is meant to be worn by neutral runners who do not need such support.

The post of the Brooks Ravenna 9 does not run all the way up to the foot and it is not super long, which is a good indication that it provides a mild to moderate degree of pronation control.

Because it is located more under the heel, the Brooks Ravenna 9 would be more suitable for runners who tend to turn in their heels rather than their toes when they run.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 has been found by lab tests to deliver a moderate amount of forefoot cushioning and an above average amount of heel cushioning, with men getting more heel cushioning than women. This should make the Brooks Ravenna 9 feel pretty responsive under your foot.

The Brooks Launch is not typically a very cushy running shoe but does deliver a good amount of forefoot cushioning and a more moderate amount of heel cushioning.

The rubber outsoles of the Brooks Ravenna 9 and the Brooks Launch 5 look pretty similar in the way they have been set up, with both having rubber form an X right under the midfoot to deliver faster heel-to-toe transitions.

They also come with a good amount of flex grooves under the forefoot, but the flex grooves are interrupted by rubber on the medial side of the forefoot.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 delivers a moderate amount of flexibility, according to lab tests, and the Brooks Launch 5 isn't expected to be stiff either.

Both running shoes come with a small crash area under the heel to isolate shock and benefit the smoothness of your ride.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 9 weighs approximately 7.8 oz (221 grams), while the Brooks Launch 5 for women weighs approximately 7.5 oz (212 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 9 weighs about 9.8 oz (278 grams), and the Brooks Launch 5 for men weighs about 9 oz (255 grams).

Both the Brooks Ravenna 9 and the Brooks Launch 5 have been kept light in their uppers but also light in overall weight and have been set up in a way to help you go faster.

Both running shoes are capable of delivering a responsive, smooth, and comfortable ride, and provide enough cushioning for long runs.

However, they were created with the needs of two different types of runners in mind. If you are a neutral runner, the Brooks Launch 5 would be the one to look into, and if you are a mild to moderate overpronator, the Brooks Ravenna 9 would be the one to consider.

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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