Brooks Ravenna 6 vs. Brooks Launch 2 review

Brooks Ravenna 6 provides lots of stability and a soft and smooth ride to overpronators. Brooks Launch 2 is a light, comfortable, and flexible running shoe for neutral runners...

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The Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Brooks Launch 2 fall in two entirely different categories of running shoes with the Brooks Ravenna 6 being a stability running shoe and the Brooks Launch 2 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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The Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Brooks Launch 2 have a similar upper in that both consist of mainly no-sew overlays.

The upper of the Brooks Launch 2 is completely no-sew, so should feel very comfortable and not cause any irritation points.

The upper of the Brooks Ravenna 6 has a couple of stitched-on overlays at the back and front of the shoe, but other than that the overlays do not contain stitches, so should also provide comfort without irritation.

Another similarity that the two Brooks running shoes share is that their toe box is wide open with a minimal amount of very light overlays running over it. The toe box of the Brooks Launch 2 is more open and free than that of the Brooks Ravenna 6, though.

A big difference between these athletic shoes is the amount of support they provide around the midfoot.

The Brooks Ravenna 6 comes with an adjustable band that pulls the top of the saddle down towards the midsole and back of the shoe, thereby giving you a good lock down around the midfoot.

The Brooks Launch 2 does not provide such support in its upper, so you will find the Brooks Ravenna 6 to be much more supportive. But it has to be, since it is geared towards runners who need support, whereas the Brooks Launch 2 is for neutral runners who do not need much support.

Turning to the midsole, both the Brooks Launch 2 and the Brooks Ravenna 6 have a BioMoGo midsole with Brooks DNA cushioning.

The similarity continues in the midsole with a crash pad under the heel. The crash pad of the Brooks Ravenna 6 extends from the back of the heel around the lateral side into the forefoot.

The crash pad under the heel of the Brooks Launch 2 is less prominent and smaller, but has been worked into the rear midsole to provide you with soft landings. The crash pads of both running shoes are well-segmented for good shock absorption and dissipation.

As far as the amount of cushioning provided goes, the Brooks Ravenna 6 tends to provide a little bit more heel cushioning for both men and women.

And the Brooks Launch 2 provides a little bit more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Ravenna 6 for women. For men, the Brooks Ravenna 6 provides overall more cushioning than the Brooks Launch 2.

The biggest difference in the midsole comes in the form of a piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the Brooks Ravenna 6 that controls overpronation by preventing your foot from rolling to far inward.

The Brooks Launch 2 does not have such a piece of foam, since it is not meant to provide you with such stability and support.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look very similar from afar, since they both form a cross in the middle of the foot and provide good ground contact there.

The difference is that the Brooks Ravenna 6 has a small midfoot shank on the medial side to reinforce the medial post, while the Brooks Launch 2 does not, so can complete the cross.

However, with the amount of ground contact offered, both running shoes should be able to provide you with smooth transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

The biggest difference in the outsoles can be found in the forefoot, where the flex grooves run differently from side to side.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that the Brooks Launch 2 is super flexible compared to the Brooks Ravenna 6, which turns out to be pretty stiff.

The flexibility of the Brooks Launch 2 is probably due to its cushsole midsole that provides cushioning as well as flexibility.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 6 weighs approximately 9.1 oz (258 grams), while the Brooks Launch 2 weighs approximately 8.0 oz (227 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 6 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Brooks Launch 2 for men weighs 10.0 oz (283 grams).

The decision between the Brooks Launch 2 and the Brooks Ravenna 6 is an easy one to make. If you need lots of stability and are looking for a running shoe that provides lots of cushioning along with that stability and support, then the Brooks Ravenna 6 would be the answer.

If on the other hand you are a neutral runner so do not need any kind of stability and support but are rather looking for a very flexible running shoe that provides a good amount of cushioning and is very light, then the Brooks Launch 2 would be the one to look into.

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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