Facts

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  • Terrain
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $110
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10.5oz
    Women: 8.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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
    Heel height
    Men: 28mm
    Women: 28mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Release date
    Jan 2017
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Summary

We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • A number of runners noted that the shoe has soft and reliable cushioning.
  • The Brooks Ravenna 8 is a lightweight running shoe.
  • A couple of runners mentioned that the shoe delivers enough amount of support without being bulky.
  • It has a comfortable and breathable upper, noted a few runners.
  • The Ravenna 8 is very responsive.
  • Many runners appreciated the durable construction of the shoe.
  • A reasonably-priced shoe.
  • The fit, right out of the box, was prized by some reviewers.
  • The sleek and stylish look completely satisfied many buyers.
  • It is a tad more breathable than the past model because of the new air mesh.
  • The grip is superior on most surfaces.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners experienced heel slippage.
  • A handful of runners expressed their disappointment over the shoe’s durability.
  • It runs a little smaller and narrower than the past Ravennas, according to a couple of testers.
  • More color options would have resulted in more satisfied runners.

Bottom line

The Brooks Ravenna 8 is a reliable road running stability shoe that provides the right amount of support, cushioning, comfort, and durability. Many runners liked the springy and lightweight feel of the shoe.

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84 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

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Updates to Brooks Ravenna 8

  • The Brooks Ravenna 8 continues to provide the same underfoot comfort and feel. It comes with minimal changes and one of the minor updates can be seen on the upper. It uses a new air mesh material with altered overlays that provides the same amount of breathability and support.
  • The shoe also comes with an enhanced adjustable saddle that provides a more secure fit in the midfoot.
  • The Ravenna 8 also comes with a new midfoot transition zone that delivers a faster feel and a smoother heel to toe transition.
  • To provide an enhanced traction and flexibility, the shoe features a redesigned outsole configuration and improved omega flex grooves.

Brooks Ravenna 8 size and fit

The Brooks Ravenna 8 is true to size. It provides a snug fit with a roomy toe box for natural toe splay. Brooks is offering the shoe in standard and wide widths for both men’s and women’s versions.


Outsole

The shoe features a completely redesigned outsole unit. It comes with a new rubber configuration designed to deliver an enhanced traction and the omega flex grooves are also modified for added flexibility. The updates in the outsole provide every runner an extra springy toe-off.


Midsole

The Ravenna 8 still utilizes the BioMoGo DNA midsole that deliver reliable underfoot protection and responsive feel. This works perfectly with the Diagonal Rollbar that aids the foot to move naturally for a more responsive ride while giving necessary support.

In order to provide a fast and smooth heel to toe transition, the Brooks Ravenna 8 uses a new midfoot transition zone.


Upper

The Brooks Ravenna 8 features a seamless design for a comfortable running experience. It uses a new air mesh material that provides a breathable foot coverage all throughout the run. The mesh upper is also designed to keep the foot dry.

The shoe also comes with a modified adjustable saddle that pulls from the heel, providing a secure fit in the midfoot area.