Brooks Ravenna 7 vs. Brooks Ghost 8 review

Brooks Ravenna 7 strikes a good balance between stabilty, cushioning, and comfort. Brooks Ghost 8 provides a comfortable, smooth, and overall soft ride to neutral runners.

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The Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Brooks Ghost 8 fall in two entirely different categories of running shoes with the Brooks Ravenna 7 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.

Both the Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Brooks Ghost 8 have a no-sew upper with some stitches at the front and back of the shoes.

This prevents irritation but also allows the running shoes to provide you with a more comfortable and looser fit.

The Brooks Ghost 8 provides extra structure through its mesh, light welded-on overlays running over the toe box, and sturdier no-sew overlays that wrap the midfoot to give you a good hold there.

The Brooks Ravenna 7 provides a little bit more support through its upper than the Brooks Ghost 8 by having a band that runs from the laces to the to the midsole and the back of the shoe while keeping the forefoot quite open with light welded-on overlays.

However, the bunion window may be a bit more open and free in the Brooks Ghost 8 than it is in the Brooks Ravenna 7, though, so good for people who need more room in that area.

Both the Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Brooks Ghost 8 make use of the same type of cushioning in their midsoles but still display different cushioning profiles according to running shoe lab tests.

For women, the Brooks Ravenna 7 has a more cushy forefoot but a less cushy heel than the Brooks Ghost 8. And for men, the cushioning profiles come very close to each other with the Brooks Ravenna 7 having just a tad more heel cushioning than the Brooks Ghost 8.

There are two big differences to be noted in the midsoles of the Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Brooks Ghost 8.

The first one is the crash pad. The crash pad of the Brooks Ravenna 7 runs under the heel, around the lateral side, and joins the forefoot at the midfoot but stops there.

This should provide you with a soft landing and then a smooth transition to toe-off thereafter.

The crash pad of the Brooks Ghost 8 does the same as that of the Brooks Ravenna 7 but instead of stopping at the midfoot, it continues toward the front of the shoe.

Therefore, the Brooks Ghost 8 has a greater potential to provide you with a much smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off than the Brooks Ravenna 7.

The second major difference is that because the Brooks Ravenna 7 is geared toward overpronators, it has a mechanism on the medial side of the midsole to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

The Brooks Ghost 8 does not have this because it is a running shoe for neutral runners who do not need such kind of support.

The Brooks Ravenna 7 also has a small midfoot shank on the medial side that hooks into the midsole to reinforce it and provide more support there.

The Brooks Ghost 8 does not have a midfoot shank and provides more ground contact than the Brooks Ravenna 7 in that area, which adds to the stability of the running shoe despite it not being a stability running shoe.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different. The only similarity is the amount and type of segmentation that is located directly under the crash pads.

Such segmentation helps absorb and dissipate shock well so that it does not affect your stride much.

Other than that, both the Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Brooks Ghost 8 have a similar amount of flex grooves in the forefoot, but they run differently from side to side.

This does not affect the flexibility of the runnning shoes much, though, since running shoe lab tests have shown that both the Brooks Ghost 8 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 are on the stiff side of the spectrum.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 7 weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams), while the Brooks Ghost 8 weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 7 weighs about 11.0 oz (312 grams) , and the Brooks Ghost 8 for men weighs about 10.9 oz (309 grams).

The Brooks Ghost 8 provides a good amount of stability for a running shoe that is geared toward neutral runners, but if you are an overpronator who really needs lots of stability and support, the Brooks Ravenna 7 would be a better choice.

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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