Brooks Ravenna 9 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 review

Brooks Ravenna 9 provides comfort and a responsive ride to moderate overpronators. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 are stability running shoes that deliver quite a bit of stability and support to moderate overpronators and runners who have flat to medium arches.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ravenna 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 look somewhat similar in what they offer to runners.

Both have a forefoot that is open and free from overlays, except for the no-sew overlays that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com carry on the toecap.

The no-sew overlays on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and the Brooks Ravenna 9 are both located more towards the back of the running shoe, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 covers more of the midfoot with overlays than the Brooks Ravenna 9 does.

And finally, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has an extra overlay behind the heel, while the Brooks Ravenna 9 does not.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of comfort in the toe box of both running shoes, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 provides overall a bit more support through its upper than the Brooks Ravenna 9 does.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and the Brooks Ravenna 9 make use of the same type of midsole material, but the construction of their midsoles differ.

The midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is much more segmented on the lateral side from heel to toe to deliver soft landings with smooth heel-to-toe transitions thereafter.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 has more of a pronounced crash zone under the heel for soft landings.

However, it also provides smooth heel-to-toe transitions thanks to the construction of the outsole and the good amount of ground contact that it provides right under the midfoot.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Ravenna 9 provides a slightly below average amount of forefoot cushioning to both men and women, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 can be seen as having a somewhat cushy forefoot.

This means that the Brooks Ravenna 9 might be a bit more responsive than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 delivers a slightly above average amount of heel cushioning to women and quite a bit of heel cushioning to men.

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However, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 still tops the Brooks Ravenna 9 in the amount of heel cushioning delivered to both men and women.

Therefore, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 can be seen as delivering an overall softer ride than the Brooks Ravenna 9.

Another difference between the midsoles can be found on the medial side, where the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has a longer medial post to control overpronation than the Brooks Ravenna 9 does. It also runs higher in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The medial post of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is also backed by foam of different densities to make the process of pronation control more gradual, and there is a small midfoot shank on the medial side.

The conclusion is that the medial post of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 should provide a stronger degree of pronation control than the Brooks Ravenna 9.

However, running shoe lab tests results rate the Brooks Ravenna 9 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 as providing a similar amount of stability and support, which is surprising.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes are well segmented for shock absorption and dissipation and consist of small rubber pods.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 has more flex grooves in its forefoot than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, and because of the amount of forefoot cushioning delivered by the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, one would expect it to be less flexible than the Brooks Ravenna 9.

And indeed, according to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Ravenna 9 delivers a moderate amount of flexibility, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is somewhat stiff for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams), while the Brooks Ravenna 9 for women weighs approximately 7.8 oz (221 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 weighs about 9.7 oz (275 grams), and the Brooks Ravenna 9 for men weighs 9.8 oz (278 grams).

If you are an overpronator who is looking for a good amount of stability and support from a running shoe, you could choose either the Brooks Ravenna 9 or the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers a softer ride than the Brooks Ravenna 9, while the Brooks Ravenna 9 is a bit more responsive and flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

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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