Brooks Ravenna 8 vs. 9 review

Brooks Ravenna 8 strikes a good balance between stabilty, cushioning, and comfort. Brooks Ravenna 9 has decreased in weight and increased in comfort.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 is the updated version of the Brooks Ravenna 8, which is a stability running shoe for moderate overpronators and for runners who have flat to medium arches.

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While Brooks states that the weight is the thing that is new in the Brooks Ravenna 9, there have been updates elsewhere on the running shoe.

For starters, the upper of the Brooks Ravenna 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com looks different than the upper of the Brooks Ravenna 8.

The most noticeable changes are the removal of the stitched-on overlay at the front of the running shoe and the integration of the saddle strap into the upper.

The forefoot of the Brooks Ravenna 9 is more open and free from overlays, although the forefoot of the Brooks Ravenna 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is also quite open and does not have overlays running on its toe box.

The adjustable strap that can be found in the saddle of the Brooks Ravenna 8 has been removed from the Brooks Ravenna 9 and integrated into the upper, but the location of the no-sew overlays around the midfoot have more or less remained the same, that is, more towards the back of the running shoe.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 has also lost the overlay that is present behind the heel of the Brooks Ravenna 8.

And finally, the Brooks logo that is present as overlays on the Brooks Ravenna 8 has been replaced by just a printed logo in the mesh itself of the Brooks Ravenna 9.

All in all, the Brooks Ravenna 9 exposes more mesh and has dropped a considerable amount of overlays to reduce weight, but this also causes the upper of the Brooks Ravenna 9 to be a bit less durable and supportive than that of the Brooks Ravenna 8.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 and the Brooks Ravenna 9 make use of the same type of midsole material, but the construction of the midsole of the Brooks Ravenna 9 is different.

The crash pad under the heel of the Brooks Ravenna 8 is now more integrated into the midsole of the Brooks Ravenna 9 and does not form a separate layer of foam like in the Brooks Ravenna 8.

There is also an extra flex groove under the heel of the Brooks Ravenna 9 to isolate the crash zone for better shock absorption and dissipation.

According to running shoe lab tests, women should be able to get a softer ride from the Brooks Ravenna 8 than they would get from the Brooks Ravenna 9.

The amount of forefoot cushioning in the Brooks Ravenna 9 for women falls just under average and its heel cushioning falls just above average. In the Brooks Ravenna 8, both are above average but the heel is cushier than the forefoot for women.

Men also get a slightly below average amount of forefoot cushioning from the Brooks Ravenna 9, but the amount of heel cushioning in the Brooks Ravenna 9 is much more than in the Brooks Ravenna 8.

The conclusion is that the forefoot of the Brooks Ravenna 9 is a bit firmer than that of the Brooks Ravenna 8, so the Brooks Ravenna 9 might feel a bit more responsive than the Brooks Ravenna 8.

Another change can be found on the medial side of the midsole, where the area of pronation control has changed a bit and where the Brooks Ravenna 9 has a distinctive medial post that was not so distinguisable in the Brooks Ravenna 8.

The area of pronation control seems to be longer in the Brooks Ravenna 8, but this could just be optical.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 has also dropped the small midfoot shank that the Brooks Ravenna 8 has on the medial side.

Running shoe lab tests rate the Brooks Ravenna 9 to be much more stable than the Brooks Ravenna 8.

In fact, the Brooks Ravenna 8 was rated as providing a below average amount of stability and support, while the Brooks Ravenna 9 provides an amount to the likes of a Brooks Adrenaline GTS so close to the max, which is surprising.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look largely the same with an X in the middle for faster heel-to-toe transitions, but there are a few minor differences to be noted.

Except for the extra flex groove under the heel of the Brooks Ravenna 9, there have been a few changes in the flex grooves under the forefoot of the Brooks Ravenna 9.

While the amount of flex grooves is the same in the two running shoes, the flex grooves under the Brooks Ravenna 8 are less disrupted by rubber than they are under the Brooks Ravenna 9.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Ravenna 9 provides a moderate amount of flexibility to both men and women, while the Brooks Ravenna 8 is flexible for women but somewhat stiff for men.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 8 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), while the Brooks Ravenna 9 for women weighs approximately 7.8 oz (221 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 8 weighs about 10.8 oz (306 grams), and the Brooks Ravenna 9 for men weighs 9.8 oz (278 grams).

The Brooks Ravenna 9 is indeed a bit lighter than the Brooks Ravenna 8 as stated by Brooks, but a lot has been removed to achieve this weight reduction.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a running shoe that provides a good amount of stability and support, running shoe lab tests would recommend the Brooks Ravenna 9 above the Brooks Ravenna 8.

However, the upper of the Brooks Ravenna 8 is more durable and supportive, and the Brooks Ravenna 8 delivers an overall somewhat softer ride than the Brooks Ravenna 9, although male heel-strikers would benefit from the soft heel of the Brooks Ravenna 9.

On the other hand, the Brooks Ravenna 9 should help you go faster because its forefoot is somewhat more responsive than that of 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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