Brooks Ravenna 6 vs. Brooks Ghost 8 review

Brooks Ravenna 6 offers moderate overpronators a stable and responsive platform to run on. Brooks Ghost 8 provides a comfortable, smooth, and overall soft ride to neutral runners.

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The Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Brooks Ghost 8 fall in two entirely different categories of running shoes with the Brooks Ravenna 6 being a stability running shoe and the Brooks Ghost 8 a neutral cushioning running shoe, but they look a lot like each other when you look at what they offer.

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Similarities start in the upper where the Brooks Ghost 8 and the Brooks Ravenna 6 have a largely no-sew upper with a couple of stitches at the front and at the back of the shoe.

So both running shoes should provide you with comfort and cause less irritation.

The no-sew overlays in both running shoes have been welded-on on the toe box with the Brooks Ravenna 6 having more welded-on overlays than the Brooks Ghost 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

The no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot are also quite similar with again the Brooks Ravenna 6 having more overlays than the Brooks Ghost 8.

In addition, the Brooks Ravenna 6 has an adjustable band that pulls the saddle towards the midsole and the back of the shoe to really give you a good lockdown around the midfoot.

This pulling back of the heavier overlays really opens up the toe box of the Brooks Ravenna 6 to give your feet room to move.

All in all, you can expect to get more support from the upper of the Brooks Ravenna 6 than you would from that of the Brooks Ghost 8, but both running shoes should feel nice and comfortable on your feet.

Similarities continue in the midsole where both the Brooks Ghost 8 and the Brooks Ravenna 6 have a BioMoGo DNA midsole that provides heel-to-toe cushioning.

But whereas the Brooks Ravenna 6 has a crash pad under the heel that runs till the center of the midfoot, the crash of the Brooks Ghost 8 runs from the back of the heel around the lateral side all the way to the front of the shoe. This should really soften your landing as well as benefit your transitioning experience.

However, this does not necessarily make the Brooks Ghost 8 more cushy than the Brooks Ravenna 6, because running shoe lab tests have shown that the Brooks Ravenna 6 is slightly more cushy than the Brooks Ghost 8 for men in both the heel and the forefoot.

For women, it is the other way around with the Brooks Ghost 8 providing more heel cushioning as well as forefoot cushioning.

The overall amount of cushioning provided by both running shoes is above average and come close to each other, so they are running shoes that are not too soft and maintain a good degree of responsiveness in their midsoles.

Because the Brooks Ravenna 6 is a stability running shoe, it has a piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole that stops your foot from rolling too far inward. This piece of foam is not very long, so the Brooks Ravenna 6 provides a moderate amount of pronation control compared to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

The Brooks Ravenna 6 also has a small piece of plastic hooking into the medial post to reinforce it a bit. The Brooks Ghost 8 does not have such a midfoot shank, but the midsole is filled out under the arch to provide good ground contact there.

This again helps the Brooks Ghost 8 provide a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off than the Brooks Ravenna 6, but also adds stability to your run even though the Brooks Ghost 8 is not meant to provide stability.

The rubber outsoles of the Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Brooks Ghost 8 are well-segmented to isolate impact. However, the Brooks Ghost 8 is much more segmented and has much smaller rubber pods than the Brooks Ravenna 6 in both the rearfoot and forefoot.

But this does not make the Brooks Ghost 8 much more flexible than the Brooks Ravenna 6, since running shoe lab tests have shown that both are almost 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 Ghost 8 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 8 for men weighs about 10.9 oz (309 grams).

If you are an overpronator looking for a responsive running shoe that provides lots of support along with a good amount of cushioning and a comfortable ride, then the Brooks Ravenna 6 might be worth looking into.

And if you are a neutral runner looking for a somewhat lighter running shoe that can provide you with a stable, soft, smooth, and comfortable ride, then the Brooks Ghost 8 might fit the bill.

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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