Brooks Ravenna 9 vs. Brooks Glycerin 15 review

Brooks Ravenna 9 provides comfort and a responsive ride to moderate overpronators. Brooks Glycerin 15 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a soft ride.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 and the Brooks Glycerin 15 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Brooks Ravenna 9 being a stability running shoe and the Brooks Glycerin 15 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ravenna 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Glycerin 15 are different in that the Brooks Ravenna 9 comes with less overlays than the Brooks Glycerin 15.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has 3D-printed overlays that run throughout its entire upper, with broader ones that go across the midfoot to provide a good amount of support there.

The Brooks Ravenna 9, on the other hand, has very open forefoot and midfoot areas, with most of the no-sew overlays running from the top of the saddle towards the heel.

Therefore, the Brooks Glycerin 15 might provide an overall somewhat tighter and more secure fit than the Brooks Ravenna 9.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 might also turn out to be a bit more durable by having a stitched-on toecap and a stitched-on overlay behind the heel. The Brooks Ravenna 9 has mostly mesh in those areas.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 and the Brooks Glycerin 15 make use of different types of midsole material that differ in the amount of cushioning they provide.

Because the Brooks Glycerin 15 is a neutral cushioning running shoe, it is meant to deliver a good amount of cushioning so also uses a midsole material that is supposed to deliver more cushioning than the midsole material used by the Brooks Ravenna 9.

According to running shoe lab tests results, the Brooks Glycerin 15 does indeed deliver overall more cushioning than the Brooks Ravenna 9 to both men and women.

In fact, the Brooks Glycerin 15 delivers almost a maximum amount of heel cushioning to both men and women and has a very cushy forefoot.

The Brooks Ravenna 9, on the other, has a moderately cushioned forefoot that should feel responsive, and it delivers a good amount of heel cushioning to men but a just above average amount to women.

Therefore, if you are after an overall very soft ride, the Brooks Glycerin 15 would be the one to go with, and for a fast and responsive ride, the Brooks Ravenna 9 would be the one to consider.

Because the Brooks Glycerin 15 is meant to be worn by neutral runners, it does not come with a device to control overpronation.

However, it does deliver a good amount of ground contact and its midsole is well segmented, all of which benefit the stability of the running shoe.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 is meant to be worn by overpronators, so it does come with a device in its midsole on the medial side to control overpronation.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Glycerin 15 delivers an above average amount of stability, but if you really need lots of stability, the Brooks Ravenna 9 would be the one to go with.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes display a large degree of separation, with the difference that the Brooks Ravenna 9 has an X under its midfoot to encourage faster heel-to-toe transitions.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 has a good amount of flex grooves in its forefoot but still turns out to be somewhat stiff for men. However, it is moderately flexible for women.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 is moderately flexible for both men and women, according to running shoe lab test results.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 9 weighs approximately 7.8 oz (221 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 15 for women weighs 8.8 oz (249 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.8 oz (278 grams) and 10.7 oz (303 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Ravenna 9 being the lighter one.

Making a decision between the Brooks Ravenna 9 and the Brooks Glycerin 15 should be an easy one, because if you are an overpronator, the Brooks Ravenna 9 was made for you, and if you are a neutral runner, the Brooks Glycerin 15 was designed with your needs in mind.

For runners who are neutral runners but who also want a bit of stability, the Brooks Glycerin 15 might still be a better choice due to the fact that it is quite stable for a neutral cushioning running shoe and it delivers an overall very soft ride.

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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