Brooks Ravenna 8 vs. Brooks Transcend 4 review

Brooks Ravenna 8 provides comfort and cushioning to moderate overpronators. Brooks Transcend 4 provides a very plush and comfortable ride with a touch of stability.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 and the Brooks Transcend 4 are both stability running shoes that offer a moderate amount of support.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ravenna 8 and the Brooks Transcend 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com differ in that that Brooks Transcend 4 comes with 3D Fit Print overlays that run throughout its upper to offer a more custom fit, while the Brooks Ravenna 8 is quite free of overlays, especially in the forefoot area.

Most of the overlays on the Brooks Ravenna 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are located toward the back of the running shoe, and the Brooks Ravenna 8 comes with a strap that is adjustable through the saddle to secure the fit.

The overlays on both running shoes do not contain stitches to increase the amount of comfort you get.

The toecap on both running shoes comes with stitches; this increases the durability at the front of the shoes.

At the back, the Brooks Transcend 4 comes with a sturdy external heel counter that forms part of the support system offered by the Brooks Transcend 4.

All in all, one could say that the Brooks Transcend 4 offers a bit more support than the Brooks Ravenna 8 and that most of the support offered by the Brooks Ravenna 8 is located from midfoot to heel.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 and the Brooks Transcend 4 make use of different types of midsole cushioning.

The type of midsole implemented by the Brooks Transcend 4 is supposed to offer much more cushioning than that of the Brooks Ravenna 8.

This is confirmed by running shoe lab tests, which show that the Brooks Transcend 4 offers almost a maximum amount of cushioning, while the Brooks Ravenna 8 offers an above average amount.

The heel of the Brooks Ravenna 8 is quite cushy for women and comes close to the amount offered by the Brooks Transcend 4 but the latter still wins.

For men, the Brooks Ravenna 8 displays a good balance between heel and forefoot cushioning.

While running shoe lab tests indicate that one could expect to get a very soft ride from the Brooks Transcend 4, one can also expect to get a well-cushioned ride from the Brooks Ravenna 8; it is just not super soft but more responsive.

Both the Brooks Ravenna 8 and the Brooks Transcend 4 are in the business of providing runners with stability and support, but they do this in different ways.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 implements a more traditional method of stopping the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward by using reinforcement on the medial side of the midsole.

The Brooks Transcend 4, on the other hand, comes with what are called Guide Rails that run along the upper edge of the midsole to help guide the foot to find its own natural motion path.

In addition, the external heel counter also helps a bit in stabilizing the heel to control overpronation.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Transcend 4 offers an above average amount of stability and support to runners and much more support than the Brooks Ravenna 8, which falls below average.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact, especially under the midfoot, so should be able to deliver smooth heel-to-toe transitions in addition to an extra amount of stability.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different, but both are well separated with a good amount of flex grooves in the forefoot.

Because the Brooks Transcend 4 offers more cushioning than the Brooks Ravenna 8, one would expect it to be somewhat less flexible than the Brooks Ravenna 8.

This is true for women, but in the case of men, the amount of flexibility offered by the two running shoes comes very close to each other; this amount lies just below average.

For women, the Brooks Ravenna 8 turns out to be quite flexible, while the Brooks Transcend 4 is on the average side.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 8 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), while the Brooks Transcend 4 for women weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 8 weighs about 10.8 oz (306 grams), and the Brooks Transcend 4 for men weighs 10.9 oz (309 grams).

The Brooks Ravenna 8 offers some stability and support to overpronators in a package that should be able to deliver a soft yet responsive ride.

The Brooks Transcend 4 offers much more support to overpronators than the Brooks Ravenna 8 and delivers an overall very soft ride.

The Brooks Transcend 4 is also a running shoe that should be able to handle bigger runners better 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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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