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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.

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: 10.7oz
Women: 8.8oz
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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 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The Ravenna 6 is very comfortable to run in, according to most reviews.
  • There is a very nice blend of support and cushioning as noted by several runners.
  • A handful of runners with plantar fasciitis welcomed the relief from discomfort after wearing the 6th version of the Ravenna.
  • Flexibility remains to be quite decent for a shoe with great cushioning and moderate support.
  • Some runners loved the way the tongue works, as it never slides and offers protection against lace pressure.
  • A good number of runners marvelled at the smoothness of the ride.
  • The traction is excellent, noted some users.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The price point is too high for a shoe with upper durability issues, based on several reviews.
  • Most of the negative comments were directed at how narrow the toe box is.
  • More than a few experienced hotspots, particularly in the forefoot.

Bottom line

The Brooks Ravenna 6 sits as an excellent choice for those who are looking for a nice mix of cushioning and support. It has all the makings of a solid high-mileage trainer with superb transitions for forays on the road, gravel, and even groomed trail.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 446 ratings

5 star
72%
4 star
15%
3 star
6%
2 star
4%
1 star
3%

My Rating

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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88 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

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

    The Ravenna has a Goldilocks quality: cushioned without being squishy, stable without being clunky, solid without feeling heavy.

  • 90 / 100 by Canadian Running Magazine • Canadian Running Magazine • Level 5 expert

    The heel is much more padded and comfortable than the Ravenna 5, which is another luxury addition to this premium guidance shoe.

  • 74 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    High chance of toe box overlay rubbing/catching against the big toe.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Travis Trampe • Level 4 expert

    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.

  • 85 / 100 by The Running Shoe Review • Nick • Level 3 expert

    Offers stability for those who are teetering on the edge of over-pronation.

  • 96 / 100 by Run And Become • Bhashini Neve • Level 1 expert

    I’m really happy with these shoes in terms of comfort, support, flexibility, cushioning, feel and the easiness of running in them.

  • 89 / 100 by Forever in Lycra • Kirsty J Gibson • Level 1 expert

    The best way to describe the extra support is the Ravenna’s offer what feels like a slight curve under the ball of the foot that minimalist shoes don’t. It takes a while to get used to but with my miles getting quicker and feeling easier I can only think it’s all for the better.

  • 84 / 100 by First Off the Bike • Aaron Lee • Level 1 expert

    This light, long-lasting shoe is an ideal solution for runners searching for the best of both worlds, and at AU$199 (US$110, UK?109) the Ravenna 6 doesn’t break the bank.

  • 80 / 100 by The Right Fits • Jessie Benson • Level 1 expert

    The shoes seem a little stiffer than my previous pair, but that’s probably because they are new and need to be broken in. Though the stiffness might also be because the 6’s are supposedly “hardier”- i.e. they should hold up well for the distance runner!

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Updates to Brooks Ravenna 6

  • The upper gets most of the update in the 6th instalment 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.

Brooks Ravenna 6 size and fit

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.


Outsole

The outsole is made up mostly of blown rubber starting from the midfoot to the forefoot while a harder carbon rubber covers the heel area. Brooks continues to use the Segmented Crash Pad and Omega Flex Grooves to give a more cushioning upon landing and better flexibility.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.