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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$120
Weight
Men: 11.2oz
Women: 9.3oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Many liked the lightweight construction of the Ravenna 7.
  • The Segmented Crash Pad offers an effective heel-to-toe transition, according to a few testers.
  • Some runners liked the flexibility features of the shoe because of the Omega flex grooves.
  • The 7th version of the Ravenna features an adjustable saddle pulls that promotes a secure fit.
  • Many noticed that this version offers an efficient energy return.
  • Available in several color options.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Mesh upper is not effective in keeping foot dry and cool, as mentioned in some reviews.
  • Some felt that this shoe is too narrow for them.
  • A moderately high priced shoe.

Bottom line

The Brooks Ravenna 7 offers a number of impressive update. It provides better cushioning, support and flexibility. This road running shoe is best for long and short runs. Wide-footed runners may find this shoe a bit narrow.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 361 ratings

5 star
69%
4 star
14%
3 star
8%
2 star
4%
1 star
3%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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84 / 100 based on 16 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Phidippides TV • Gregory • Level 4 expert

    Very good for support, but yet in a slighter lighter weight package.

  • 89 / 100 by SBR Sport • Mike • Level 1 expert

    It's an incredibly comfortable shoe. In fact, it's probably one of the most comfortable anti-pronators around.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Competitor • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    For runners who haven't been in the Ravenna, you'll notice the changes as being all for the better; for runners who are new to the shoe, you'll find a shoe with soft, luxurious fit and stable, cushioned platform for running long training runs and races.

  • 83 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    It strikes a good balance being cushioning and responsiveness.

  • 79 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The Ravenna is like the guy or girl you want to marry: someone who makes every day fun but is also comfortable and supportive over the long haul.

  • 82 / 100 by Triathlete • Brian Metzler • Level 4 expert

    It has a soft, plush interior and a reliably snug fit, making it an ideal choice for a go-to workhorse training model.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Michael Mason-D'Croz • Level 4 expert

    Competitively priced with a smooth, soft ride, the Ravenna should be a hit with almost any runner.

  • 81 / 100 by The Running Centre • The Running Centre • Level 3 expert

    The key updates in the new model revolve around making the shoe more responsive through the mid-foot and enhancing the heel-toe transition.

  • 80 / 100 by Fix My Walk • Amy W. Bogard • Level 3 expert

    The shoes were comfortable, snug and offer plenty of support and cushioning.

  • 80 / 100 by Runners Need • James Reader • Level 3 expert

    The new Ravenna also has updated forefoot tooling to improve responsiveness, an adjustable saddle around the heel for an improved fit and a simplified upper for better functionality.

  • 100 / 100 by The Running Bug • The Running Bug • Level 2 expert

    The support from this shoe is firm and comfortable and I didn’t feel that my feet were being turned unnaturally.

  • 88 / 100 by 6Foot4Mike • 6Foot4Mike • Level 1 expert

    Having upgraded to the latest model, whilst I was sad to retire my Ravenna 5’s, I must say that as a long distance runner, the Ravvena 7’s are everything the hype portrayed and they lived up to expectations. 

  • 87 / 100 by Latinos Corriendo • Chucky • Level 1 expert

    Secure fit, nice and stable, plenty of cushion. What more could I ask

  • 84 / 100 by Rhode Runner • Christine Lonergan • Level 1 expert

    While running, I liked the responsive feel, wider toe box and snug feel through the arch area that really hugs your foot!

  • 84 / 100 by RunStreet • RunStreet • Level 1 expert

    They are lightweight and extremely comfortable, have plenty of cushioning and felt completely natural to run in

  • 80 / 100 by Luke Alderton • Luke Alderton • Level 1 expert

    So far they're very comfortable well balanced shoes that handle the long distance well, they're also good at the short faster paced runs.

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Updates to Brooks Ravenna 7

  • The major updates of the Brooks Ravenna 7 were focused more on the shoe’s upper unit. The uppers mesh was reengineered to deliver a sleek package and a more ventilated environment, keeping the foot cool and moisture-free.
  • Another notable update is the adjustable saddle that wraps the midfoot securely while delivering a more customized fit.

Brooks Ravenna 7 size and fit

The size of the Ravenna 7 is a half size larger than the standard running shoe length. The heel area comfortable accommodates those with narrow to medium foot measurements. The midfoot has a low volume and the forefoot is of standard measurements.


Outsole

The Omni Grooves in the shoe’s outsole works perfectly with the midsole’s Omni Flex Grooves. It delivers added flexibility without sacrificing cushioning. It delivers an effortless forefoot ride.

The outsole unit of the Brooks Ravenna 7 uses the HPR Plus that gives a durable traction through its high abrasion-resistant capacity. The blown rubber also works well with the outsole technology since it offers not only flexibility and durability but also a responsive ride.


Midsole

The midsole utilizes the BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning which is believed to be more reliable than the standard MoGo midsole. It is an environment-friendly alternative that delivers a more flexible and softer running experience. It works well with the Diagonal Rollbar (DRB) which serves as the dual density foam that reduces overpronation.

The Omega Flex Grooves in the shoe’s midsole is also a great help in improving the midsole flexibility without affecting the cushioning. When at rest, the grooves provide support and when it flex, it flex openly, achieving its maximum flexibility capacity.


Upper

The upper of the Brooks Ravenna 7 uses a reliable mesh that delivers maximum breathability and comfort. It has moisture-wicking capacity, keeping the foot cool and dry. It has an adjustable saddle that extends to the heel, wrapping the midfoot for a more secure and customized fit. Lastly, the synthetic overlays were designed to deliver a secure and snug fit.