Brooks Ravenna 7 vs. Brooks Glycerin 13 review

Brooks Ravenna 7 strikes a good balance between stabilty, cushioning, and comfort for overpronators. Brooks Glycerin 13 delivers a very soft ride to neutral runners.

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The Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 fall in two different categories of running shoes. The Brooks Ravenna 7 is a stability running shoe, while the Brooks Glycerin 13 is a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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Both the Brooks Ravenna 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Glycerin 13 offer a good amount of support around the midfoot.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 comes with broad overlays on both sides of the midfoot to really strap you in, while the Brooks Ravenna 7 has a band that runs from the saddle towards the back of the shoe to increase the amount of support provided.

The difference is that the band on the Brooks Ravenna 7 is located and pulls more toward the back of the shoe, while the overlays of the Brooks Glycerin 13 are centered around the midfoot and pull a little bit toward the back of the shoe.

The rest of the upper is covered by mesh and no-sew overlays in both running shoes. The overlays are quite pulled back on the Brooks Ravenna 7. This opens up the forefoot for comfort.

The overlays on the Brooks Glycerin 13 are thinner, more plentiful, and precise due to the fact that they have been printed on. This should benefit the fit.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of support from the upper of either running shoe and both should keep you well centered on the running platform.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 was built to deliver a large amount of cushioning. Therefore, the type of midsole it uses is supposed to deliver 25% more cushioning than the type of midsole used by the Brooks Ravenna 7.

The Brooks Ravenna 7 is all about stability and support instead of cushioning. However, running shoe lab tests show that it is a somewhat cushy running shoe and can compete with the Brooks Glycerin 13 in some areas.

For women, the Brooks Ravenna 7 turns out to be a tiny bit more cushy than the Brooks Glycerin 13 in both the heel and the forefoot. The differences are not huge so might not be felt.

For men, there are larger differences to be noted with the Brooks Glycerin 13 sticking out as having a very cushy forefoot and the Brooks Ravenna 7 a somewhat more cushy heel than the Brooks Glycerin 13.

Where the Brooks Ravenna 7 wins completely is in the amount of stability provided, but this is logical because the Brooks Glycerin 13 is not meant to provide any kind of stability and support.

The midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 13 functions as a crash pad from heel to toe and the running shoe provides a good amount of ground contact, which increases the stability a bit but not as much as in the Brooks Ravenna 7.

The Brooks Ravenna 7 comes with an area of firmer foam on the medial side that runs from the midfoot till the back of the shoe and under the heel. This area is reinforced by a small midfoot shank to increase the amount of support.

On the lateral side, the Brooks Ravenna 7 comes with a crash pad under the heel to slow down the initial impact before pronation control kicks in.

Therefore, the Brooks Ravenna 7 is considered to be the most stable and supportive running shoe of the two.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 comes with a few extra features to make your ride more comfortable and smoother. These features come in the form of a rounded heel to take stress of joints and separation in its outsole to distribute pressure.

The outsole of the Brooks Ravenna 7 is also well separated but not as separated as that of the Brooks Glycerin 13.

In terms of flexibility, running shoe lab tests show that both the Brooks Glycerin 13 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 are quite stiff for women, but that the Brooks Glycerin 13 is very flexible when compared to the Brooks Ravenna 7 for men, which also turns out to be stiff.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 7 weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams), while the Brooks Glycerin 13 for women weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 7 weighs about 11.0 oz (312 grams) and the Brooks Glycerin 13 for men also weighs 11.0 oz (312 grams).

The Brooks Glycerin 13 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 are two different running shoes for two different types of runners.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft, smooth, and comfortable ride with a secure fit, then the Brooks Glycerin 13 might be the one for you.

And if you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a running shoe that can deliver tons of stability and support as well as a good amount of cushioning, you may want to look into 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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