Brooks Ravenna 7 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 review

Brooks Ravenna 7 strikes a good balance between stabilty, cushioning, and comfort. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 delivers tons of stability with cushioning that is not too firm nor too soft.

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The Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 are stability running shoes from Brooks with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 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 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are very similar in that they both consist of mainly no-sew overlays that help prevent irritation.

However, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 wraps the midfoot with only no-sew overlays, the Brooks Ravenna 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a band that pulls the middle of the saddle down toward the heel to give you extra support around the midfoot.

In addition, the overlays of the Brooks Ravenna 7 have been posititioned toward the back of the shoe, thereby opening up the forefoot and adding structure with light welded-on overlays.

The overlays of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 tend to come down over the big and little toes, so may feel a bit constricted compared to the Brooks Ravenna 7.

Both running shoes provide enough support behind the heel, but when you consider everything, the Brooks Ravenna 7 may come out on top in the support it provides and also in comfort, especially in the forefoot area.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 implement the same type of cushioning in their midsoles.

Running shoe lab tests show that for men, they have an almost equal amount of forefoot cushioning, but that the Brooks Ravenna 7 greatly surpasses the amount of heel cushioning in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

For women, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 provides above average cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot, and the Brooks Ravenna 7 tops this by a small margin.

So all in all, the Brooks Ravenna 7 is the more cushy running shoe of the two, but it is not a super cushy running shoe. It strikes a good balance being cushioning and responsiveness.

But if you are a heel-striker, the Brooks Ravenna 7 may suit you better, especially if you are a man. The cushioning of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 tends to be not too firm nor too soft, but men may consider the heel of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 as being a bit firm.

Since the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 are stability running shoes, they come with a couple of stability features.

The first is a well-segmented crash pad under the heel. This crash pad runs till the midfoot in the Brooks Ravenna 7, while it runs along the entire outer length of the midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

Therefore, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 may have a greater potential of providing you with a soft landing and smoother transition to toe-off thereafter.

The second stability feature is in the form of a piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsoles.

This medial post is quite long in both running shoes, but runs higher in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, in addition to the fact that it consists of several densities of foam to produce a more gradual effect.

So the degree of pronation control may be a bit stronger in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 than in the Brooks Ravenna 7, and also more evenly distributed from heel to midfoot.

Both running shoes also have a midfoot shank on the medial side that hooks into the medial post to provide reinforcement and increase stability.

The rubber outsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 differ in configuration and layout.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 tends to have smaller rubber pods throughout its entire outsole, which is good for shock absorption and dissipation.

The Brooks Ravenna 7 has smaller rubber pods under its crash pad, but the size of the rubber compartments increases as we move toward the midfoot.

Running shoe lab tests reveal that both running shoes are 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 16 for women weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 7 weighs about 11.0 oz (312 grams) and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for men weighs 11.1 oz (315 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a running shoe that provides lots of stability and support in addition to a soft ride that is not too soft to prevent you from going fast, then you may want to look into the Brooks Ravenna 7.

And if you require just a little more support or pronation control and are looking for a very smooth ride, then the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 could give you what you are looking for.

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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