Brooks Ravenna 6 vs. Brooks Glycerin 13 review

Brooks Ravenna 6 strikes a good balance between cushioning and stability. Brooks Glycerin 13 is for neutral runners looking for a soft and smooth ride with less areas of stress.

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The Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 fall in two entirely different categories of running shoes with the Brooks Ravenna 6 being a stability running shoe and the Brooks Glycerin 13 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 differ in construction, but have a similar function.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 has a broad supportive overlay on both sides of the shoe that really wraps the midfoot well and keeps it in place.

The Brooks Ravenna 6 has something similar in its adjustable bands that run from the top of the saddle to the midsole, but because the overlays of the Brooks Glycerin 13 cover a larger area, they are more supportive.

In the front part of the shoes, both running shoes provide light no-sew overlays for added structure, and at the back of the shoes there is a supportive stitched-on overlay behind the heel.

All in all, the Brooks Glycerin 13 and the Brooks Ravenna 6 look very much alike in the properties of their uppers. However, because the Brooks Ravenna 6 pulls back its overlays that wrap the midfoot more than the Brooks Glycerin 13 does, it may provide a more comfortable feel in the frontal part of the shoe.

The type of midsole cushioning in the Brooks Ravenna 6 differs from that in the Brooks Glycerin 13, with the Brooks Glycerin 13 having cushioning that is supposed to be 25% more cushy than the one used by the Brooks Ravenna 6 – according to Brooks.

Running shoe lab tests tell a different story, though. While the Brooks Glycerin 13 has an overall thicker midsole than the Brooks Ravenna 6, it is not always more cushy than the Brooks Ravenna 6.

For men, the Brooks Ravenna 6 has a more cushy heel, but a slightly less cushy forefoot than the Brooks Glycerin 13.

For women, the Brooks Glycerin 13 is overall more cushy, but not by much in the heel. It is only the forefoot that shows a difference in cushioning.

The biggest difference in the midsole is the fact that the Brooks Ravenna 6 has a medial post to control overpronation, while the Brooks Glycerin 13 does not, since it is a running shoe for neutral runners who do not need such support.

In addition, the Brooks Glycerin 13 has a rounded heel to take stress off tendons and joints. This makes the heel of the Brooks Ravenna 6 appear much wider than that of the Brooks Glycerin 13. And a wider platform is a more stable platform.

All in all, the Brooks Ravenna 6 turns out to be a much more stable running shoe than the Brooks Glycerin 13.

The final difference in the midsole is the crash pad under the heel running on the lateral side and that joins the forefoot at the midfoot like a cross under the Brooks Ravenna 6.

The crash pad of the Brooks Glycerin 13 is integrated in the midsole as shock absorbers and segmentation along the length of the midsole. This should allow the Brooks Glycerin 13 to provide you with smoother transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

The outsoles of the two running shoes differ considerably with the Brooks Glycerin 13 displaying a larger degree of segmentation and separation in horizontal zones that are meant to distribute pressure.

The outsole of the Brooks Ravenna 6 displays less segmentation between its individual rubber compartments by having thinner grooves.

Running shoe lab tests have revealed that both running shoes are almost equally stiff for women, but that the Brooks Glycerin 13 is a whole lot more flexible than the Brooks Ravenna 6 for men.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 6 weighs approximately 9.1 oz (258 grams), while the Brooks Glycerin 13 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 6 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 13 for men weighs 11.0 oz (312 grams).

If you are an overpronator looking for a running shoe that provides a good balance between cushioning and stability, then the Brooks Ravenna 6 is definitely worth looking into.

And if you do not need any kind of support, but are rather looking for an overall cushy and smooth ride, the Brooks Glycerin 13 may be one to consider.

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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