DiscontinuedUpdate: Brooks Ravenna 10
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.
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WeightMen: 10.7ozWomen: 8.8oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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WidthMen: Normal, Wide, X-WideWomen: Normal, Wide
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The Ravenna has a Goldilocks quality: cushioned without being squishy, stable without being clunky, solid without feeling heavy.
The heel is much more padded and comfortable than the Ravenna 5, which is another luxury addition to this premium guidance shoe.
High chance of toe box overlay rubbing/catching against the big toe.
The Brooks Ravenna 6 preserves many of the positive enhancements to the sole unit which were introduced in the Ravenna 5, which included the new BioMoGo DNA foam and Diagonal Rollbar in the midsole as well as the segmented crash pad and flex grooves, to maintain cushioning and flexibility.
Offers stability for those who are teetering on the edge of over-pronation.
I’m really happy with these shoes in terms of comfort, support, flexibility, cushioning, feel and the easiness of running in them.
- The upper gets most of the update in the 6th installment of the Brooks Ravenna. Out of the box, one will notice that the overlays are much thinner and are strategically placed to provide better fit and support. A new Element Mesh also enhances breathability.
- The midfoot saddle is retained, but it gets a small improvement as it offers a better way for runners to get support and a more personalized fit.
- A subtle makeover is done in the heel area of this model. It is now rounded off to offer better stability and to help with the smoothness of the landing upon initial impact.
Relative to the prior version of the Ravenna, the 6th edition offers a snugger fit all throughout. With a rounded heel and better midfoot saddle, the fit encapsulates the foot almost like a glove, which is quite rare for a trainer. The shoe comes in regular and wide widths for the men’s and women’s versions. Runners with medium to narrow dimensions are likely to be very comfortable in this shoe. Sizing runs true in the Ravenna 6.
The outsole of this road running shoe is made up mostly of blown rubber starting from the midfoot to the forefoot while a harder carbon rubber covers the heel area. These same outsole materials are also featured in the shoe's latest version, the Ravenna 10. Brooks continues to use the Segmented Crash Pad and Omega Flex Grooves to give a more cushioning upon landing and better flexibility.
Brooks packed the midsole with several technologies to give that nice blend of cushioning and support. Acting as the main midsole component is the BioMogo DNA that covers the length of the shoe. It has decent responsiveness and is very critical in giving the Ravenna 6 a soft and plush ride. Beneath the arch is a medial shank called the Diagonal RollBar that is the key component in curbing overpronation. It stretches from the heel to the midfoot. It progressively becomes firmer as it nears the midfoot to add more support without being intrusive. A crash pad that also extends from the heel to the midfoot is located in the lateral side for another subtle way of keeping the ride stable.
An Element Mesh makes up a large portion of the upper for optimal breathability. The thinner overlays help provide a stable and supportive run. Providing runners with a more customized fit is the improved midfoot saddle. Both the tongue and the ankle collar are plush. As mentioned, the heel area is now rounded off for better stability. A removable and molded insole adds cushioning and plush step-in feel.