Brooks Ravenna 6 vs. Brooks Ghost 7 review

Brooks Ravenna 6 offers moderate overpronators a stable platform to run on. Brooks Ghost 7 provides excellent heel cushioning and smooth transitions to neutral runners. Learn more...

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The Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Brooks Ghost 7 fall in two entirely different categories of running shoes with the Brooks Ravenna 6 being a stability running shoe and the Brooks Ghost 7 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 7 and the Brooks Ravenna 6 are very similar in that they have a good amount of no-sew overlays in them.

However, the Brooks Ravenna 6 has more overlays wrapping the midfoot than the Brooks Ghost 7 as a good indication that it is a running shoe that is meant to provide support.

And it throws in a little bit more support around the midfoot with its adjustable strap that locks the midfoot down on the platform and gives you a slight pull towards the heel.

The overlays wrapping the midfoot of the Brooks Ghost 7 are thinner and more discrete, but it does have a sturdy stitched-on overlay that pulls the midfoot towards the heel and other overlays at the back of the shoe to provide good support behind the heel. In the latter case, the Brooks Ghost 7 might be the one to provide a more secure fit around the heel.

Both running shoes have light welded-on overlays running over the toe box with the Brooks Ravenna 6 having more of them than the Brooks Ghost 7. But the toe box is still nice and wide open, so should feel comfortable.

The midsoles of the Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Brooks Ghost 7 consists of BioMoGo with DNA cushioning mixed into it to provide heel-to-toe cushioning.

But since the Brooks Ravenna 6 is meant to be supportive, its cushioning is expected to be a bit firmer compared to that of the Brooks Ghost 7, which is meant to be soft.

And also, the midsole of the Brooks Ravenna 6 is somewhat thinner than that of the Brooks Ghost 7 to bring you closer to the ground and make you feel fast.

Therefore, the Brooks Ghost 7 turns out to be the more cushy running shoe, especially in the heel.

But the Brooks Ravenna 6 is not that far off, since it offers almost as much forefoot cushioning as the Brooks Ghost 7 and almost as much heel cushioning in the men's version of the shoe.

And then come the stability features, where the Brooks Ravenna 6 is expected to excel.

Both the Brooks Ghost 7 and the Brooks Ravenna 6 have a well-segmented crash pad that starts at the back of the heel and curves nicely around the shoe to meet the forefoot as the midfoot.

The crash pad should help slow down the initial stage of pronation control and offer cushioning at heel-strike.

And then when your foot rolls in, the Brooks Ravenna 6 has a piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the shoe to stop your foot from going too far inward.

The Brooks Ghost 7 does not have such a medial post, since it is a neutral cushioning running shoe meant to be worn by runners who do not need any kind of support. Instead, it has a second piece of crash pad on the medial side.

Both the Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Brooks Ghost 7 offer good ground contact, and despite the small piece of plastic that reinforces the medial post under the arch of the Brooks Ravenna 6, the Brooks Ravenna 6 is the running shoe that provides the most support and stability.

The rubber outsoles of the two Brooks running shoes look very similar in segmentation, especially under the heel. They should both provide good shock dissipation and offer you a smooth ride from heel-to-toe.

The main difference can be found in the separation between the rubber lugs in the forefoot of the Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Brooks Ghost 7.

The Brooks Ghost 7 has more smaller rubber lugs that are separate instead of just cuts in the rubber to add flexibility like in the Brooks Ravenna 6.

In addition, the Brooks Ghost 7 does not have much rubber preventing the deep flex grooves to run from side to side like the Brooks Ravenna 6 has.

So all in all, the Brooks Ghost 7 should 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 Ghost 7 weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 6 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 7 for men weighs 10.3 oz (292 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who does not require any kind of support from a running shoe and are looking for lots of cushioning, especially in the heel, then the Brooks Ghost 7 might be able to offer you that.

And if you are an overpronator who requires lots of support but not to the extreme, and are looking for a responsive running shoe that offers a good amount of cushioning, then the Brooks Ravenna 6 might be the one for you.

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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