Brooks Ravenna 10 vs. Brooks Launch 6 review

Brooks Ravenna 10 provides comfort and a responsive ride to moderate overpronators. Brooks Launch 6 delivers comfort and cushioning to fast-paced neutral runners...

The Brooks Ravenna 10 and the Brooks Launch 6 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Brooks Ravenna 10 being a stability running shoe and the Brooks Launch 6 a neutral running shoe.

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However, because these two running shoes look so much alike, one could see the Brooks Launch 6 as being the same as the Brooks Ravenna 10 but then without stability features.

Except for the design of the mesh, the uppers of the Brooks Launch 6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ravenna 10 are very much alike.

Both the Brooks Ravenna 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Launch 6 have an upper that consists mostly of mesh to keep your foot on the running platform, so both offer very lightweight support through their uppers.

The Brooks Launch 6 and the Brooks Ravenna 10 also come with an internal bootie to give you a closer-to-foot fit.

They both offer a standard amount of support around the heel.

The main purpose of the Brooks Launch 6 and the Brooks Ravenna 10 is to help you run faster, so their uppers have been kept very light and comfortable in order to help you to achieve that.

Just like their uppers, the midsoles of the Brooks Ravenna 10 and the Brooks Launch 6 differ in design but not much in what they offer.

They both have also been updated to have more foam under the forefoot, which should increase the amount of cushiness in that area.

The Brooks Launch 6 and the Brooks Ravenna 10 make use of the same type of midsole material, which is meant to keep you comfortable on the road but not be too cushy to hold you back.

The main difference between the midsoles of the Brooks Ravenna 10 and the Brooks Launch 6 is that the midsole of the Brooks Ravenna 10 comes with GuideRails, while that of the Brooks Launch 6 does not.

GuideRails are the stability feature on the Brooks Ravenna 10 that is missing on the Brooks Launch 6. They are meant to help your body align its joints and Brooks claims that they help prevent or reduce knee injuries.

GuideRails are unlike the traditional medial post in previous versions of the Brooks Ravenna that used to stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

They don't force your feet to move in a certain way, so they are a more subtle way of providing stability and support that should not get in the way of neutral runners who choose to run in the Brooks Ravenna 10, although they were created for overpronators.

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The rubber outsoles of the Brooks Ravenna 10 and the Brooks Launch 6 have a similar setup with an X pattern under the midfoot that is meant to help you achieve faster heel-to-toe transitions.

They also come with a small crash zone under the heel to isolate initial impact at heel-strike.

They have a similar amount of flex grooves in the forefoot and they point forward, but the rubber is emphasized differently in the forefoot.

The Brooks Ravenna 10 seems to place more emphasis on the lateral side of the forefoot thereby moving the point of the flex grooves more to the medial side, whereas the Brooks Launch 6 is more neutral in that respect, so the point falls in the middle.

Both running shoes have flex grooves that are interrupted on the medial side of the forefoot, which should increase the amount of stiffness a bit on that side.

The Brooks Ravenna and the Brooks Launch were known as being moderately flexible running shoes, but because the Brooks Ravenna 10 and the Brooks Launch 6 got extra foam under the forefoot, they might feel a bit stiffer than previous versions of the running shoes.

The Brooks Launch 6 is just a tiny bit lighter than the Brooks Ravenna 10 for both men and women.

The Brooks Ravenna 10 and the Brooks Launch 6 offer a lot of the same things to runners and both were designed with speed in mind.

If you are a neutral runner who does not need any support, the Brooks Launch 6 was created with your needs in mind, so that would be the shoe to look into.

If you are a mild or moderate overpronator looking for support, the Brooks Ravenna 10 would be the one to consider.

If you fall somewhere between neutral and needing a tiny bit of support, you might want to look into the Brooks Ravenna 10 first.

Note that the Brooks Launch 6 has been listed as being for runners with medium to high arches, whereas the Brooks Ravenna 10 is for runners with flat to medium arches.

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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