Brooks Ravenna 8 vs. 7 review

Brooks Ravenna 7 strikes a good balance between stabilty, cushioning, and comfort. Brooks Ravenna 8 increases its breathability with a new mesh upper and has a more springy feel...

The Brooks Ravenna 8 is the updated version of the Brooks Ravenna 7, which is a stability running shoe for moderate overpronators.

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The first thing you notice when you look at the Brooks Ravenna 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ravenna 7 is that the upper has changed.

The Brooks Ravenna 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has welded-on overlays that have been removed from the Brooks Ravenna 8.

This opens up the entire forefoot and part of the midfoot of the Brooks Ravenna 8 for comfort. The mesh of the Brooks Ravenna 8 is also a bit more breathable than that of the Brooks Ravenna 7.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 still comes with a strap that pulls the saddle down and back toward the midsole, but this strap has moved a bit more up the saddle so provides less direct support over the midfoot.

The strap of the Brooks Ravenna 7 also goes around the heel, which it does not do anymore in the Brooks Ravenna 8.

All in all, while the Brooks Ravenna 8 might be a bit more airy and free in the forefoot than the Brooks Ravenna 7, the Brooks Ravenna 7 is the one that provides a better hold and a bit more support than the Brooks Ravenna 8 through the upper.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 is positioned as a running shoe that should provide runners with uptempo rides.

Its midsole looks a bit different than that of the Brooks Ravenna 7, especially on the medial side.

It is clear that the location of the Diagonal Roll Bar that provides pronation control has shifted somewhat.

The area of support seems to go higher in the Brooks Ravenna 7 but just a tiny bit more forward in the Brooks Ravenna 8.

Both running shoes are meant to provide a moderate amount of support, and while the Brooks Ravenna 7 is rated as being very stable by running shoe lab tests, the amount of stability provided by the Brooks Ravenna 8 falls below average, which is somewhat surprising.

But then again, this year, Brooks is positioning the Brooks Ravenna 8 as a supportive version of the Brooks Launch, which is a neutral cushioning running shoe.

On the lateral side of the midsole, both the Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Brooks Ravenna 8 come with a small crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot and connects well to the forefoot, although the connection is better in the Brooks Ravenna 7 than it is in the Brooks Ravenna 8.

In terms of the amount of cushioning delivered by the two running shoes, running shoe lab test results show small differences between the two running shoes.

Women should experience a more cushy forefoot in the Brooks Ravenna 7 but a slightly more cushy heel in the Brooks Ravenna 8.

Both running shoes offer above average cushioning to female runners so should feel soft under the foot.

Men should experience a tiny bit more forefoot cushioning in the Brooks Ravenna 8 but the heel of the Brooks Ravenna 7 is more cushy than that of the Brooks Ravenna 8.

Both running shoes offer men an above average amount of cushioning, and the amount of forefoot cushioning has been kept to an amount that should help both genders go fast, especially in the Brooks Ravenna 8.

When you look at the outsoles of the Brooks Ravenna 7 and Brooks Ravenna 8, you will also see that some changes have been made, expecially in the forefoot. The layout is different and so are the amount of flex grooves.

In addition, the transition zone under the midfoot is now prominently in the form of an X under the Brooks Ravenna 8 for better heel-to-toe transitions at the midfoot.

The rubber in the forefoot has also been updated in the Brooks Ravenna 8 to provide runners with a springy toe-off. The outsole of the Brooks Ravenna 8 resembles that of the Brooks Launch a lot.

These changes seem to have benefitted the female version of the Brooks Ravenna 8, wich is very flexible compared to the Brooks Ravenna 7.

However, according to running shoe lab tests, both the Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Brooks Ravenna 8 remain on the stiff side for men.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 8 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), while the Brooks Ravenna 7 weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 8 weighs about 10.8 oz (306 grams), and the Brooks Ravenna 7 for men weighs 11.0 oz (312 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a well-cushioned ride, you could go with either the Brooks Ravenna 8 or the Brooks Ravenna 7.

Brooks has made a couple of changes that reduced the amount of stability and support provided by the Brooks Ravenna 8 compared to the Brooks Ravenna 7 and that placed it in a category like the Brooks Launch but then with a touch of stability.

So if you are looking for a very supportive ride, you may want to consider the Brooks Ravenna 7 more than the Brooks Ravenna 8.

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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