Brooks Ravenna 7 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 review

Brooks Ravenna 7 provides comfort, stability, and a good amount of cushioning. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 delivers a smooth and stable ride without feeling too soft or too firm.

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The Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 are stability running shoes from Brooks with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 intended to be worn by runners who overpronate a lot, but not to the extreme.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ravenna 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 are similar in that both consist of no-sew overlays.

They differ in that the Brooks Ravenna 7 has a strap that can be adjusted in the saddle and that straps in mainly the rear part of the foot by pulling from the midfoot.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 only has a broader overlay on the medial side for added support where it is needed most.

Another difference is that the Brooks Ravenna 7 has very light welded-on overlays running in the front part of the shoe, and it tries to keep the toe box pretty open and free.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has its normal no-sew overlays running over the toe box and in particular over the bunion and little toe, which could make the shoe feel a bit constricted in those areas.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has more sturdy stitched-on overlays at the back of the shoe to really keep your heel in place, while the Brooks Ravenna 7 provides a little bit less support behind the heel.

All in all, you should get a good amount of support from either running shoe with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 providing a more uniform lockdown of your foot than the Brooks Ravenna 7, which tends to put the focus on the rear part of the shoe.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their BioMoGo DNA midsoles.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is known for its cushioning that is not too soft nor too firm.

The cushioning profiles differ quite a bit between the men's and the women's versions of the running shoes.

For men, both the Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 have a similar amount of forefoot cushioning, but the Brooks Ravenna 7 has way more heel cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

For women, running shoe lab tests show that the Brooks Ravenna 7 is the overall more cushy running shoe in both the heel and the forefoot, and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 displays an average amount of cushioning as is expected from it.

In conclusion, if you are a heel-striker, the Brooks Ravenna 7 may suit you better than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

While both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 have a crash pad under the heel to soften your landings, the crash pad of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 runs all the way to the front of the shoe and is well-segmented.

Therefore, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is expected to provide you with a much smoother ride than the Brooks Ravenna 7.

Both running shoes have a medial post to control overpronation and help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

This post is long in both running shoes and runs till the back of the shoes.

However, the support system of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 consists of several densities of foam to make the process of controlling overpronation more gradual.

In addition, the post of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 runs a little bit further past the midfoot than that of the Brooks Ravenna 7. The pronation control is located more under the heel in the Brooks Ravenna 7.

Both running shoes have a midfoot shank that hooks a little bit into the medial post for extra reinforcement and support.

All in all, you should get a good amount of stability and support from either running shoe with the main difference being the location and graduality of the support.

The rubber outsoles of both running shoes are quite segmented for good shock absorption and dissipation. However, the outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has more smaller lugs than that of the Brooks Ravenna 7, so is overall more segmented.

Segmentation is good to help make your ride smoother, but also to increase flexibility.

Running shoe lab tests show that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is more flexible than the Brooks Ravenna 7, which turns out to be a bit on the stiff side for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 7 weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams), while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 7 weighs 11.0 oz (312 grams) and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator who needs stability and support from a running shoe, you could go with either the Brooks Ravenna 7 or the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

Depending on how your foot rolls inward, you may want to choose one or the other. For more support under the heel, you could consider the Brooks Ravenna 7, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 could also get the job done, since its type of support is more uniform.

And if you need support that comes close to the kind provided by a motion control running shoe, you may want to consider the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 more than the Brooks Ravenna 7.

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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