Brooks Ravenna 6 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 review

Brooks Ravenna 6 provides lots of stability with a good amount of cushioning. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 delivers tons of stability and support with cushioning that is just right.

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The Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 are stability running shoes from Brooks with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 intended to provide more stability and support than the Brooks Ravenna 6.

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The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ravenna 6 are similar in their uppers in that they both have a largely no-sew upper wrapping the midfoot and providing structure in the forefoot, with stitches only at the back of the shoes.

The big difference is that the Brooks Ravenna 6 has extra bands on the medial and lateral sides of the shoe that run from the top of the saddle towards the midsole and are adjustable through the saddle.

This allows the Brooks Ravenna 6 to really lock down your foot on the platform and provide a good amount of support around the midfoot where support is generally needed most.

The forefoot of the Brooks Ravenna 6 has been kept pretty open with very light welded-on overlays running over the toe box to provide structure. The overlays of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 are a bit thicker but less plentiful in that area.

All in all, one could argue that the Brooks Ravenna 6 provides a much more supportive upper than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, but that both running shoes provide enough support in all the right places.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Ravenna 6 have a BioMoGo DNA midsole that provides heel-to-toe cushioning, but they still have different cushioning profiles.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Ravenna 6 is much more cushy than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for men, especially in the heel where the Brooks Ravenna 6 has been found to be very cushy.

For women, it turns out that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has a more cushy forefoot, but a slightly less cushy heel than the Brooks Ravenna 6. Both running shoes display a good balance between cushioning in the heel and forefoot, though.

One thing to note is that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 sits higher off the ground than the Brooks Ravenna 6, and that it has a slightly larger heel-to-toe drop of almost 3 mm difference.

But the big difference in the midsoles can be found on the lateral side where the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has a full-length crash pad but the Brooks Ravenna 6 just a half-length crash pad, and on the medial side where the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has a longer medial post to control overpronation.

So the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 may not only deliver a stronger degree of pronation control to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward, but it may also provide you with a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off with shock not affecting your stride as much.

The rubber outsoles of the two Brooks running shoes differ in layout and configuration with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 showing a larger degree of separation than the Brooks Ravenna 6.

The Brooks Ravenna 6 has a horseshoe-shaped rubber outsole under the heel and quite large slabs of horizontal rubber in the forefoot. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 on the other hand, has smaller rubber pods under its entire outsole, and both running shoes have a small midfoot shank on the medial side.

Running shoe lab tests show that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Ravenna 6 are almost equally stiff for both men and women. The difference is minimal for men, but for women, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is just a tad more flexible 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 16 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams). The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams) and 11.1 oz (315 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 being the lighter one.

If you are looking for a running shoe that provides tons of stability and support, you could go either with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 or the Brooks Ravenna 6.

However, for a more supportive upper, the Brooks Ravenna 6 may be better, and for a more supportive midsole, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 may be better.

And if you are a male heel-striker, the Brooks Ravenna 6 may suit you better than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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