Brooks Ravenna 8 vs. Brooks Ghost 10 review

Brooks Ravenna 8 provides comfort and cushioning to moderate overpronators. Brooks Ghost 10 provides a comfortable fit and a smooth ride to neutral runners...

The Brooks Ravenna 8 and the Brooks Ghost 10 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Brooks Ravenna 8 being a stability running shoe and the Brooks Ghost 10 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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While the uppers of the Brooks Ravenna 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ghost 10 differ in the way they look, they provide much of the same.

Both the Brooks Ghost 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ravenna 8 do not have overlays running on the toe box, which means that that area should feel nice and comfortable.

However, the Brooks Ravenna 8 has a no-sew overlay that runs along the upper edge of the midsole, and the Brooks Ghost 8 just makes use of the structure of the mesh itself to keep your foot contained, so in that respect, the Brooks Ravenna 8 might provide a bit more support and tightness in the forefoot area.

Both the Brooks Ravenna 8 and the Brooks Ghost 10 come with no-sew overlays around the midfoot. However, the overlays of the Brooks Ravenna 8 are broader and it has a strap that can be pulled tight through the saddle.

Therefore, the Brooks Ravenna 8 might provide a more secure fit around the midfoot, although the support is more concentrated toward the back of the running shoe, while that of the Brooks Ghost 10 is more uniform across the midfoot.

Both running shoes provide a standard amount of support behind the heel.

All in all, the Brooks Ravenna 8 provides a bit more support and a more secure fit through its upper, but the Brooks Ghost 10 provides enough support to keep your foot on the platform while keeping the fit loose and comfortable.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 and the Brooks Ghost 10 make use of the same type of cushioning in their midsoles.

However, because the Brooks Ravenna 8 is meant to provide stability and support, the Brooks Ghost 10 is expected to be cushier than the Brooks Ravenna 8.

Running shoe lab tests show that this expectation is partly true for women and entirely true for men.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 and the Brooks Ghost 10 for women provide an above average amount of cushioning, with both having an equal amount of heel cushioning and the Brooks Ghost 10 having a bit more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Ravenna 8.

Men get overall more cushioning from the Brooks Ghost 10 than they do from the Brooks Ravenna 8, although both running shoes deliver an above average amount of cushioning to men.

So all in all, the Brooks Ghost 10 is cushier than the Brooks Ravenna 8 for both men and women.

As far as stability goes, running shoe lab tests rate the Brooks Ghost 10 to have more stability features than the Brooks Ravenna 8.

This is quite surprising, because both running shoes come with crash pads under the heel, and the Brooks Ravenna 8 comes with a support area on the medial side of its midsole, which is missing on the Brooks Ghost 10.

Both running shoes also provide a good amount of ground contact, but the Brooks Ravenna 8 seems to touch the ground more than the Brooks Ghost 10, and it has a transition zone right under the midfoot to help runners get faster heel-to-toe transitions.

Brooks lists the Brooks Ravenna 8 as a support running shoe for runners who have flat to medium arches. The Brooks Ghost 10 is listed for runners with medium to high arches.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 is also listed as having responsive cushioning compared to soft cushioning in the Brooks Ghost 10.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes are well separated, with the Brooks Ghost 10 displaying more separation between its rubber pods, but the Brooks Ravenna 8 has more flex grooves.

The two running shoes turn out to be equally flexible for men, but the Brooks Ravenna 8 is a bit more flexible than the Brooks Ghost 10 for women. Note that the two running shoes are stiffer for men than they are for women, according to running shoe lab tests.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 8 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), while the Brooks Ghost 10 for women weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 8 weighs about 10.8 oz (306 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 10 for men weighs 10 oz (284 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft, comfortable, and smooth ride from a running shoe, the Brooks Ghost 10 might be able to deliver what you are looking for.

If you are a moderate overpronator, the Brooks Ravenna 8 was made to cater to your needs, although if one is to believe the results from running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Ghost 10 might also be able to serve you.

Therefore, it might be best to try on both shoes to see which one delivers the amount of stability and support you need.

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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