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 updates. It provides better cushioning, support and flexibility. Though there are a few who are not happy with the Ravenna 7, the majority still praised its performance. This road running shoe is best for long and short runs, but wide-footed runners may find this shoe a bit narrow.

Facts

Update: Brooks Ravenna 11
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Stability
Weight: Men: 11.2oz | Women: 9.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Overpronation
Arch type: Medium arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 23mm | Women: 23mm
Forefoot height: Men: 13mm | Women: 13mm
Release date: Jan 2016
Brand: Brooks
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal, Wide | Women: Normal
Price: $120
Colorways: Blue, Green, Grey, Pink, Red
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe

Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 15 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Phidippides TV | | Level 4 expert

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

  • 89 / 100 | SBR Sport | | Level 2 expert

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

  • 90 / 100 | Running Competitor | | 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.

  • 88 / 100 | The Active Guy | | Level 5 expert

    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.

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

    It strikes a good balance being cushioning and responsiveness.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 expert

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

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  • 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.

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.


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 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.


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.


Ravenna 7, and its latest version, the Ravenna 10, use a reliable mesh upper 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, synthetic overlays were designed to deliver a secure and snug fit.

Comparison

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