Brooks Ravenna 6 vs. 7 review

Brooks Ravenna 6 provides lots of stability and a soft ride to moderate overpronators. Brooks Ravenna 7 adds comfort to the toe box and shifts its support toward the back.

NEW! Brooks Ravenna 7 vs. Brooks Ravenna 8

The Brooks Ravenna 7 is the updated version of the Brooks Ravenna 6, which is a stability running shoe for moderate overpronators.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com look very much alike, but there are still a few subtle differences to be noted.

The Brooks Ravenna 7 maintains the largely no-sew upper of the Brooks Ravenna 6 with a stitched-on piece at the back of the shoe for added support.

The no-sew overlays that wrap the midfoot in the Brooks Ravenna 6 have been pulled back a bit more in the Brooks Ravenna 7, so the support is not directly centered over the midfoot.

What has also been pulled back is the extra adjustable band of the Brooks Ravenna 6.

In the Brooks Ravenna 6 the band pulls from the midsole to the top of the saddle. In the Brooks Ravenna 7, it pulls from the back of the shoe toward the middle of the saddle.

Another change is the change to the light welded-on overlays on the toe box. These overlays have been reduced in the Brooks Ravenna 7 compared to the Brooks Ravenna 6.

This allows the Brooks Ravenna 7 to open up the bunion window a bit more to give you a more comfortable fit in the toe box.

All in all, the location of the support has shifted a bit in the Brooks Ravenna 7 to be more focused on the rear part of the shoe, while the support in the Brooks Ravenna 6 is more centered around the midfoot where overpronators tend to need it most.

However, the Brooks Ravenna 7 may feel more comfortable than the Brooks Ravenna 6, especially toward the front part of the shoe.

Both the Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 provide heel-to-toe cushioning with their BioMoGo DNA midsoles.

However, the thickness of the midsole has changed a bit in the Brooks Ravenna 7 that may affect the amount of cushioning provided.

Running shoe lab tests reveal that for men, the forefoot cushioning of the Brooks Ravenna 7 is a bit less than in the Brooks Ravenna 6.

While the heel cushioning is also less, the difference is not as large as in the forefoot.

For women, the Brooks Ravenna 7 is the more cushy running shoe of the two with a big jump in forefoot cushioning.

Both the Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 have a crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot. While the look of the crash pad has changed a bit in the Brooks Ravenna 7, it is still well-segmented at the bottom to reduce shock during your touchdowns.

The Brooks Ravenna 6 and 7 are stability running shoes that provide support on the medial side of their midsoles in the form of a piece of firmer foam.

This medial post is reinforced by a midfoot shank that hooks into the foam on the medial side.

The midfoot shank has changed a bit in the Brooks Ravenna 7. In addition, the medial post is more centered under the arch in the Brooks Ravenna 6 than it is in the Brooks Ravenna 7.

In the Brooks Ravenna 7, the medial post seems to have been moved a bit toward the back of the shoe, which would be in line with the changes made to the upper.

Both the Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 are supportive running shoes, but choosing one or the other, should depend on the way you roll in your foot when overpronating. If you roll in more toward the front, the Brooks Ravenna 6 would probably suit you better than the Brooks Ravenna 7.

There has been a couple of small changes in the outsole. Both running shoes provide a good amount of segmentation for shock absorption and dissipation, but the flex grooves run differently.

The Brooks Ravenna 7 has flex grooves that run straighter in the forefoot. This does not affect the flexibility of the running shoe, though, since running shoe lab tests have shown that the Brooks Ravenna 6 and Brooks Ravenna 7 are equally stiff for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 6 weighs approximately 9.1 oz (258 grams), while the Brooks Ravenna 7 weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 6 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Brooks Ravenna 7 for men weighs 11.0 oz (312 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator looking for a running shoe that provides a good amount of cushioning and tons of stability and support, you could go with either the Brooks Ravenna 6 or the Brooks Ravenna 7.

The Brooks Ravenna 7 adds a bit more comfort to your rides, but the focus of the support provided differs from that of the Brooks Ravenna 6.

Women will be pleased with the softer ride they will get from the Brooks Ravenna 7, while men may want to choose the Brooks Ravenna 6 if they want a softer ride.

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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