Brooks Ravenna 6 vs. 5 review

Brooks Ravenna 5 already provided a good amount of support and stability to moderate overpronators. That has not changed with the Brooks Ravenna 6, but some things changed...

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The Brooks Ravenna 6 is the updated version of the Brooks Ravenna 5, which is a running shoe that can be worn by runners who fall between a neutral runner and a runner who moderately overpronates.

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Brooks has almost completely removed any stitches from the upper of the Brooks Ravenna 6.

So while the Brooks Ravenna 5 has traditional stitched-on overlays that wrap mainly the midfoot and the sides of the heel, these overlays have been replaced by no-sew overlays in the Brooks Ravenna 6.

The Brooks Ravenna 6 has a minimal amount of stitches at the front of the shoe, at the back of the shoe, and a couple at the top of the saddle.

However, the strap that wraps the midfoot in the Brooks Ravenna 5 still exists in the Brooks Ravenna 6.

The only minor difference is that the part of the strap that pulled the midfoot towards the back of the shoe, has been moved a little bit forward to really center the lockdown more over the midfoot itself than having a strong backward pull.

Brooks maintained the light welded-on overlays that ran over the toe box of the Brooks Ravenna 5, but placed them a bit differently in the Brooks Ravenna 6.

All in all, the Brooks Ravenna 6 should give you a more comfortable and irritation-free fit, while providing you with a better lockdown around the midfoot. Your heel should also feel better cupped in the Brooks Ravenna 6 than in the Brooks Ravenna 5.

The midsole of the Brooks Ravenna 6 is pretty much the same as that of the Brooks Ravenna 5. They both have a BioMoGo midsole with Brooks DNA cushioning blended into it, so they provide heel-to-toe cushioning.

What has also remained the same is the crash pad under the heel that runs from the back of the shoe along the lateral side towards the midfoot.

This crash pad should slow down the initial process of overpronation and provide you with shock absorption and cushioning at heel-strike.

And then to finish off the process of pronation control, the Brooks Ravenna 6 has a piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole to stop your foot from rolling too far inward, just like the Brooks Ravenna 5 does.

What has changed however is the thickness of the midsole. The midsole of the Brooks Ravenna 6 is 0.5 mm thinner in the heel and 1.9 mm thinner in the forefoot than the Brooks Ravenna 5 for men.

For the women, the heel thickness of the Brooks Ravenna 6 has become 0.3 mm less than that of the Brooks Ravenna 5, and the forefoot is 1.2 mm thinner.

A thinner midsole generally means less cushioning but more response, so you can expect the Brooks Ravenna 6 to feel just a little bit firmer and more responsive under your foot than the Brooks Ravenna 5.

The Brooks Ravenna 5 delivers a good amount of cushioning, so the difference in softness should not be that noticeable.

The rubber outsoles of the Brooks Ravenna 5 and the Brooks Ravenna 6 do not differ at all and are exactly the same down to the segmentation and flex grooves. So you still have almost full ground contact for a smooth heel-to-toe transition.

However, running shoe lab tests have shown that the Brooks Ravenna 6 has become quite stiff compared to the Brooks Ravenna 5. The Brooks Ravenna 6 has also put on some weight compared to the Brooks Ravenna 5.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 5 weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams), while the Brooks Ravenna 6 for women weighs approximately 9.1 oz (258 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 5 weighs about 10.7 oz (303 grams), and the Brooks Ravenna 6 for men weighs 11.3 oz (320 grams).

If you are looking for a running shoe that delivers a good amount of stability and support, either the Brooks Ravenna 5 or the Brooks Ravenna 6 would do. The main changes when going from the Brooks Ravenna 5 to the Brooks Ravenna 6 have been in the upper and in the stiffness of the shoe.

While the amount of cushioning does not differ by much in the two Brooks running shoes, if you want more cushioning and flexibility, the Brooks Ravenna 5 would be able to deliver that more than the Brooks Ravenna 6.

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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