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

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

  • Use

    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
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 23mm
    Women: 23mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 13mm
    Women: 13mm
  • Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Jan 2016
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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

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, 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 15 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Phidippides TV

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

  • 89 / 100 | SBR Sport

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

  • 90 / 100 | Running Competitor

    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.

  • 88 / 100 | The Active Guy

    The Brooks Ravenna 7 is a great performance stability shoe if you are looking for something that provides lightweight support and comfort at a reasonable price-point.

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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.