Brooks Ravenna 6 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 review

Brooks Ravenna 6 provides lots of stability with a good amount of cushioning. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 delivers a smooth and stable ride without feeling too soft or too firm.

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The Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 are stability running shoes from Brooks with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 intended to be worn by runners who overpronate a lot, but not to the extreme.

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The Brooks Ravenna 6 has an upper that is very similar to that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 with no-sew overlays that wrap the midfoot and stitched-on overlays at the front and back of the shoe.

The benefit of no-sew overlays is that they don't tend to cause irritation.

The disadvantage is that they tend to be less supportive than traditional stitched-on overlays.

To counterbalance this disadvantage, both running shoes have pretty broad overlays on the medial side of the shoe where overpronators tend to need the most support.

But the Brooks Ravenna 6 takes things a bit further by providing an adjustable band around the midfoot and that pulls the midfoot towards the midsole when you tighten it.

And unlike the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 that only provides more support on the medial side than on the lateral side, the support provided by the Brooks Ravenna 6 is the same on both sides of the shoe.

What the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has that the Brooks Ravenna 6 does not is a stitched-on overlay that pulls the heel towards the midfoot. Such overlays are no-sew on the Brooks Ravenna 6.

So while the Brooks Ravenna 6 provides a good lockdown around the midfoot, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 provides a better lockdown around the heel.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Brooks Ravenna 6 have a similar BioMoGo DNA midsole that provides heel-to-toe cushioning.

However, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is known to feel not too soft or too firm under your foot, since its main purpose is to provide good support.

And while the Brooks Ravenna 6 does not necessarily have a thicker midsole than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, when you look at their cushioning profiles, the Brooks Ravenna 6 turns out to be softer than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 in both the heel and the forefoot, for both men and women.

The Brooks Ravenna 6 provides above average cushioning, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is just a notch below.

But the cushioning is pretty uniform in both running shoes with none having a very cushy forefoot or very cushy heel.

As far as pronation control goes, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Brooks Ravenna 6 start out with crash pads under the heel that run along the outer edge till the midfoot for the Brooks Ravenna 6 and along almost the entire length of the shoe in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

So one could say that the Brooks Ravenna 6 should give you good shock absorption at heel-strike, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 absorbs shock from heel-strike to toe-off.

The second part of pronation control comes in the form of a medial post, which is intended to stop your foot from rolling too far inward after heel-strike.

This medial post is much longer in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 than it is in the Brooks Ravenna 6, so you should expect to get a stronger degree of pronation control from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 than from the Brooks Ravenna 6.

What is also similar is that both running shoes have a piece of plastic on the medial side under the arch to reinforce the medial post, so both running shoes do not touch the ground there.

But apart from that section, the Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 provide almost full ground contact, making both running shoes pretty stable running shoes.

This full ground contact also encourages a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe off.

The rubber outsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Brooks Ravenna 6 are well-segmented for shock dissipation. They also have a good amount of flex grooves in the forefoot for flexibility.

However, the segmentation and separation between the rubber compartments is much greater in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 than in the Brooks Ravenna 6, especially in the forefoot, thereby making the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 feel much more flexible under your foot than the Brooks Ravenna 6.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 6 weighs approximately 9.1 oz (258 grams), while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 both weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams).

Making a decision between the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Brooks Ravenna 6 is not a hard one. If you are an overpronator who needs a lot of support and stability, then the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 would be the way to go.

But if you can do with just a little bit less pronation control and are looking for a shoe that provides overall more cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, then the Brooks Ravenna 6 could get the job done.

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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