Brooks Ravenna 9 vs. Brooks Transcend 5 review

Brooks Ravenna 9 provides comfort and a responsive ride to moderate overpronators. Brooks Transcend 5 provides a secure fit and a good amount of stability and support.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 and the Brooks Transcend 5 fall in the same category of stability running shoes and are for runners who moderately overpronate.

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While both the Brooks Ravenna 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Transcend 5 have a forefoot that is open and free from overlays, the Brooks Transcend 5 is the one that comes with stitched-on overlays around the midfoot to give you a good amount of support there.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 does not come with stitched-on overlays but rather implements no-sew overlays that run high from the saddle towards the heel.

Therefore, the Brooks Transcend 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is likely to provide a more secure fit around the midfoot, where overpronators need the most support.

Another difference between the uppers of the Brooks Transcend 5 and the Brooks Ravenna 9 is that the Brooks Transcend 5 comes with a sturdy external heel counter that provides an extra amount of support around the heel and helps reduce heel rotation.

All in all, the Brooks Transcend 5 delivers more support through its upper than the Brooks Ravenna 9 does.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 and the Brooks Transcend 5 make use of two different types of midsole material.

The Brooks Transcend 5 uses a type of midsole material that delivers more cushioning than the one used by the Brooks Ravenna 9.

However, this does not automatically make the Brooks Transcend 5 cushier than the Brooks Ravenna 9.

Running shoe lab tests show that the Brooks Ravenna 9 has a cushier heel than the Brooks Transcend 5 for men, which delivers an average amount of heel cushioning to men.

However, the Brooks Transcend 5 has a cushy heel for women, but the Brooks Ravenna 9 delivers an average amount of heel cushioning to women.

In terms of forefoot cushioning, the Brooks Ravenna 9 is on the average side for both men and women, while the Brooks Transcend 5 delivers almost twice as much forefoot cushioning to both men and women when compared to the Brooks Ravenna 9.

The conclusion is that the Brooks Ravenna 9 should feel a bit more responsive than the Brooks Transcend 5, and the Brooks Transcend 5 delivers an overall softer ride than the Brooks Ravenna 9, especially to women, but male heel-strikers might benefit from the cushy heel of the Brooks Ravenna 9.

Both the Brooks Transcend 5 and the Brooks Ravenna 9 come with devices to control overpronation, but these devices differ.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 implements a more traditional way of controlling overpronation through the use of a post on the medial side of the midsole, while the Brooks Transcend 5 uses what are called Guide Rails along the upper edge of the midsole to help align your feet and body.

In terms of the amount of stability and support delivered, running shoe lab tests place the Brooks Ravenna 9 higher on the scale than the Brooks Transcend 5, but both running shoes deliver an amount that lies way above average.

Both running shoes also deliver a good amount of ground contact, so you can expect to get a smooth ride from either.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit, but both display a large degree of separation, provide support under the midfoot, and have a decent amount of flex grooves in the forefoot.

However, while running shoe lab tests have found the Brooks Transcend 5 to be stiff for both men and women, the Brooks Ravenna 9 is moderately flexible for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 9 weighs approximately 7.8 oz (221 grams), and the Brooks Transcend 5 for women weighs 8.9 oz (253 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.8 oz (278 grams) and 10.6 oz (301 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Ravenna 9 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate 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 Transcend 5.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 is somewhat lighter and might deliver a more responsive and flexible ride than the Brooks Transcend 5.

The Brooks Transcend 5, on the other hand, delivers an overall softer ride and provides a more secure fit than the Brooks Ravenna 9. Male heel-strikers might want to look into the Brooks Ravenna 9 first, though, before considering the Brooks Transcend 5.

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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