The 9th version of the Brooks Ravenna brings every running experience to the next level.
Now with a clean, fresh look, the daily training.
What’s new with the Brooks Ravenna 9?
Brooks made several updates to the new Ravenna 9 – from the upper to the bottom. These updates aim to deliver a more comfortable feel and energized running experience.
For a more breathable coverage, the shoe uses a new mesh material with large perforations. The new upper design should give better ventilation to make the foot sweat-free. Since the upper is seamless, it also offers an irritation-free environment.
In the midsole is the adaptive BioMoGo DNA that is similar to the one that is used in the Brooks Launch model. The technology is designed to deliver a more responsive ride.
Technologies and Design
To give the foot a breathable coverage, the shoe utilizes a new mesh material with large perforations for proper ventilation. It keeps the foot sweat-free while running on warm weather conditions.
The upper material has a seamless design that offers a smooth in-shoe feel. It also reduces the possibilities of irritation and blisters caused by rough stitches and seams.
With a traditional lace-up closure, the shoe offers improved midfoot lockdown and security. Also, padded tongue and the wraparound heel collar deliver plush comfort and support.
The 9th iteration of the Ravenna features the adaptive BioMoGo DNA midsole foam that is also present in the Launch model. The midsole foam is engineered to deliver a more adaptive and responsive ride.
The BioMoGo DNA midsole works perfectly with the Diagonal Rollbar (DRB) that is strategically placed in the midfoot for stability and support.
The outsole of the Brooks Ravenna 9 uses a blown rubber material that provides durability to the high - wear area. It also delivers traction, flexibility, and additional responsiveness for a bouncier ride.
The notable Brooks Omni Flex Grooves are also placed in the outsole for flexibility. The grooves give elasticity to every stride while keeping the cushioning supportive and responsive.
Performance on the Road
One of the major things that really impresses me is the responsive cushioning of the Brooks Ravenna 9.
I’m glad that Brooks revamped the midsole of the Ravenna 9 and made use of the BioMoGo DNA foam that is also found in the Launch series. I love the responsiveness and flexibility of the Brooks Launch 4 and Launch 5, and with the new Ravenna, the performance is really impressive.
As a stability running shoe, the Brooks Ravenna 9 offers mild support. The Diagonal Rollbar performs its job in providing reliable support while keeping the heel-to-toe transition smooth and powerful.
The shoe also offers reliable traction on different paved surfaces. I even tried running in this shoe on slippery surfaces, and the grip is just right.
When it comes to the overall fit, I have no issues with the Ravenna 9.
It is true to size and has a medium, snug fit in the heel, midfoot, and forefoot. The toe-box is roomy. My toes can still move freely with no irritation and hot spots.
The laces remain tied all throughout the run while giving the foot a more secure lockdown. The tongue also stays in place and provides the foot additional comfort.
I love the overall breathability and comfort that the Ravenna 9 provides.
Thanks to the perforated mesh and seamless construction. Compared to the Brooks Ravenna 8, the latest version is more comfortable and breathable.
The upper material of the shoe looks sturdy and indeed, it is. However, compared to the other running shoes from Brooks, the shoe is not that durable.
The rubber material on the outsole is very soft and not well-made. It started to wear off after a few miles of running on the road. The most significant damage is in the forefoot area.
My running experience with the Ravenna 9 has really been great, but too bad that I might not be able to use the pair a lot longer than I wanted it to be.
- Extremely breathable
- Feels light when worn
- Great fit for medium-footed runners
- Reliable and responsive cushioning
- Offers good amount of traction on varied paved running surfaces
- Not as durable as the other running shoes from Brooks
I am completely blown away by the energized and springy ride the Launch model, but I love the Ravenna better.
Though I have experienced a durability issue, overall, the Brooks Ravenna 9 is still a reliable running shoe that offers responsive cushioning and mild support.
I recently went to a Fleet Feet store in North Carolina that has a wide selection of running shoes.
I took a ¼ mile test run in several models: Saucony Freedom ISO 2, Saucony Liberty ISO, Saucony Kinvara 9, New Balance Zante v4, NB Fuelcell Impulse, NB 890 v6, Adidas Boston Boost 7, Nike Pegasus 35, Nike Zoom Fly, Nike Zoom Structure 21 and Brooks Ravenna 9.
Many pairs showed a lot of promise based on initial feel; however, I ultimately settled on the Brooks Ravenna 9. Despite a couple of small drawbacks, the Ravenna 9 ranks highly among my all-time favorites.
After 75 miles, I love the soft-snappy-smooth ride, nearly perfect upper, adaptability, practicality, look, and fair price (MSRP $110).
During my first run in the Brooks Ravenna 9, a twelve-miler, I was thoroughly impressed with the mile-to-mile comfort, springy forefoot, soft heel, forgiving upper, and adaptability of the shoes.
I tend to perform best in shoes that are lightweight, soft in the heel, bouncy at toe-off, minimally constructed, and have a 4 to 10 mm offset. The Ravenna 9 checks all of the boxes.
The ride feels smooth and effortless. A sure sign that a shoe works well for you is if it disappears on your foot. The Ravenna 9 vanished. The Brooks BioMoGo DNA midsole and rebounding rubber outsole performed well.
During pace runs, my turnover felt quick. On long runs, the amount of cushion—not too much, nor too little—left my legs fresh and with an urge to go another mile.
I usually do not fall for a shoe that advertises stability components, but the Ravenna 9’s features—even the thicker-interior midsole foam—felt perfect to me. In other shoes, like the Saucony Kinvara or even the Brooks Launch, my runs have felt sloppy at times, as if the shoe interferes with where my legs want to go.
I anticipated that this may be a problem with the Brooks Ravenna 9, but in fact, I discovered the opposite. The Ravenna felt succinct and made my runs seem efficient. Brooks has marketed this shoe in its “Energize” category, and I think that’s an accurate claim.
The midsole foam wedge feels subtle. Runners who supinate (foot rolls outward) may be bothered by the interior stability offered with the Ravenna 9; however, if you are used to a wide range of neutral shoes or prefer very mild support, I think these could be a good match.
My right ankle has a bit more flexibility and pronation than my left, and the Ravenna 9’s stability seemed to alleviate some of the calf soreness I’m prone to. If you tend to like shoes that firmly sit in the “stability” category, you should be aware that the Ravenna 9s may not offer the same degree of support than you are used to.
Some people may find the upper around the outside toes to be a bit too snug, so I’d be cautious of that if you have wide feet.
The upper rubbed a little bit on my pinky toes initially but after the first few miles, I did not notice the discomfort anymore. The shoe seemed to stretch and adapt to my foot. As another minor complaint, most people probably won’t mind, but the Ravenna 9 heel collar seems a touch overly stuffed. Brooks could slim this down in order to add to the shoe's sleek profile.
The shoes felt spot on in my usual 9.5 U.S. running-shoe size. I have a thumbnail’s width—1/2 inch—exactly between my toes and the end of the shoe.
I have fairly narrow heels and slippage can be a problem, but the Ravenna 9 feels secure without any movement. On the trails, my foot did not slide when I took sharp turns.
Brooks took a risk with the Ravenna 9, and they succeeded. It looks clean, fast, and bold. The pair does not give off the often-boring vibe of a stability shoe.
The breathable knit upper competes with some of the best designs out right now. Brooks made the Ravenna 9 an ounce lighter than its predecessor, and they brought it closer to the wildly popular Brooks Launch. They completely redefined what a light stability shoe can be.
I plan for the Ravenna 9 to last at least 400-500 miles which is impressive given its relative simplicity, lightweight, and relatively low price point (MSRP $110). After 75 miles, I have not noticed any substantial signs of wear.
The blown rubber on the outsole’s forefoot gives flexible springiness that helps the shoe perform well at faster paces. DNA BioMoGo midsole offers cushion that adapts to a range of paces and distances.
Despite, it’s slightly narrow upper, the Ravenna 9 is practical. It’s going to last, can handle nearly any type of run, and is priced fairly in comparison to its competitors. Highly recommended.
The Ravenna model is now in its 9th iteration, and Brooks continues to deliver satisfaction to its fans.
Now with a lighter design, the Brooks Ravenna 9 offers mild stability and enhanced responsiveness. Runners can now expect a more energized performance, lighter feel, and supportive ride.
Looks and design of the Brooks Ravenna 9
Compared to the old Ravenna, the Brooks Ravenna 9 now has a seamless upper construction.
It uses a new mesh material with some great color combination. At first glance, I found the shoe really appealing. I also love the perforations in the mesh which I think gives the shoe a nice touch.
The overall design of the Ravenna 9 is much better than the Ravenna 8 – less bulky, lightweight, and more breathable. This pair is now one of my favorite running shoes for road running.
Comfort and breathability
A light mesh material offers the foot a breathable coverage. The upper of the Brooks Ravenna 9 offers a combination of flexibility, breathability, and structural support.
The perforations in the mesh allow the air to pass through efficiently, keeping the foot cool all throughout the run. The mesh is stretchable enough and conforms to the shape of the foot, giving me the comfortable wrap.
The upper has a seamless construction that reduces the possibility of irritation, and the fabric lining offers a very smooth in-shoe feel. Actually, the shoe feels so soft inside. No warm feeling, no hotspot, no blisters, just soft and comfortable feel.
While I am extremely happy with the comfort and breathability feature of the Brooks Ravenna 9, I am also a bit disappointed with the overall fit of the shoe. The sizing runs half-a-size smaller than my usual size.
Also, the forefoot feels a bit narrow. To get the perfect and snug fit, I purchased one size up instead. Thankfully, the lace-up closure of the shoe provides a reliable midfoot lockdown.
Ride quality and overall performance
When it comes to performance, the Brooks Ravenna 9 won’t disappoint. The shoe offers a very responsive cushioning delivered by the new adaptive BioMoGo DNA midsole.
This midsole technology is also used in Brooks Launch models. It has been designed to deliver a light yet springy midsole foam for a more energized running experience.
Aside from the added bounce in every step, the Brooks Ravenna 9 also offers mild stability. Thanks to the Diagonal Rollbar that helps reduce excess pronation, making my running experience more stable and stress-free.
Made from a durable rubber compound, the shoe offers reliable traction on the road and other rough surfaces. The rubber material is sturdy enough to survive several miles of long-distance runs.
In the outsole are also the flex grooves that offer flexibility without affecting the overall underfoot cushioning.
When it comes to durability, I cannot say that it’s superb nor poor. I think the shoe’s durability is average. I’ve owned several pairs of Brooks running shoes, and they are pretty awesome when it comes to endurance.
The shoe is reasonably-priced, and I don’t have any issues with the materials to the overall durability of the design. I think I can still use this pair for the next five to six months.
Summary review of the Brooks Ravenna 9
- Bouncy ride
- Reliable traction
- Great color options
- Size runs small
- The forefoot is a bit narrow
The Brooks Ravenna 9 is not an exceptional shoe, and the fit is a bit bothersome, but I think it delivers what it promises to deliver – more bounce, mild stability.
Aside from the affordable price, I really like its color.
The Brooks Ravenna 9 provides a moderately lightweight and somewhat aggressive shoe while providing a bit of stability. The Ravenna is a jack of all trades that is built well enough to take to the gym and get a bit of cross training in. In being a jack of all trades the Ravenna, unfortunately, is a master of none.
This shoe would be great for a casual runner who isn’t running a ton of miles, isn’t quite sure what type of shoe they need and isn’t mixing up their runs enough to need multiple pairs of shoes. The Ravenna 9 is a solid choice if it will be your only pair of running shoes.
Like many of the latest Brooks offerings, the upper is very breathable and seamless.
Especially comfortable is the padding around the tongue and ankle. This padding eliminates pressure points from the tongue and rubbing from the ankle and heel padding.
Brooks continues to excel in upper shoe construction with the Ravenna 9.
Brooks designed their BioMoGo DNA midsole to create a more responsive underfoot sensation. In combination with the midsole, the Ravenna 9 has a diagonal Rollbar aimed at providing support for smooth transitions from heel to toe.
The combination of support, cushioning and stability in the Ravenna feels a bit clumsy. If you heel strike at all, the transition from heel to toe is rather awkward given the built-up heel. I have noticed this in other Brooks shoes.
Being a mid-foot striker, the size of the heel and the sizable heel to toe drop (10mm) promoted a heel strike for me. The transition from midfoot to toe-off seemed a bit clumsy in this shoe.
The outsole is exceptionally durable and provides a great amount of traction and connection to the ground. Like a lot of the Brooks offerings, the Ravenna 9 excels in damp and wet conditions.
There is a pocket in the heel that does not have any outsole material and this creates some of the clumsy transition from heel to toe. The pocket on the heel makes the runner feel as if they must have a mid-foot to forefoot strike to avoid landing in that pocket.
The Ravenna 9 does not seem to be a shoe designed with a runner putting in a lot of miles in mind. The Ravenna seems to be a great offering for someone who likes to hit the gym or cross train, then run a few miles.
In this sense, the Ravenna 9 could provide for easy running as well as faster days due to the lighter weight. For the more serious runner, the Ravenna probable isn’t aggressive enough for faster days and is probably not enough cushioning for the easier days.
Combine that with the awkward transition feeling and the shoe just doesn’t seem like something a dedicated runner would put a lot of miles on.
Good to know
- The ninth release of the Brooks Ravenna is a flexible, supportive, and lightweight shoe, ideal for energetic runners who want to gain more support and speed. This version boasts of responsive cushioning, a light, secure fit, and quick transitions. The Ravenna 9 is ideal for overpronators or runners with flat arches needing additional support.
- The fresh-looking upper headlines the design of the Ravenna 9, featuring a mesh that is more open, as it does away with the stitched-on front overlays which were present on the Ravenna 8. Another update is the saddle strap that is not within the upper.
- Although the midsole material stays the same as the previous version, the construction slightly differs on the Ravenna 9. The Caterpillar Crash Pad integrates into the foam instead of being a separate layer. Another revamp is the layout of the flex grooves under the heel for better shock absorption.
The Ravenna 9 retains the outsole material of the earlier iteration, which is teamwork between standard blown rubber and Brooks’ exclusive HPR Plus outsole.
The HPR Plus is a durable rubber that has high abrasion resistance. It is responsible for equipping the shoe with the adequate traction for multiple surfaces. Meanwhile. The blown rubber material is found in the forefoot, as it supplies the area with responsiveness and flexibility necessary for transition.
The area in the middle where the HPR Plus and the blown rubber meet is called the Midfoot Transition Zone. It allows the runner quick and seamless strides, therefore enhancing the speed.
Completing the layout of the outsole is the Omni Grooves, which lend flexibility to the shoe while also providing an aesthetic to the outsole’s pattern.
Ever-present in the Ravenna series including its latest version, the Ravenna 10, is the BioMoGo DNA midsole. This midsole the result of a combination of two separate materials: The BioMoGo and the DNA.
The DNA is Brooks’ proprietary midsole material. It is gel-based, thus adapting to the force imposed on it; this means that the higher the power, the stiffer it becomes. Following this notion, heavier runners will yield a firmer cushioning, and faster paces will receive more energy return.
Mixed with DNA is the BioMoGo compound. It aids the DNA in offering an adaptive cushioning to the underfoot. As its name implies, BioMoGo uses fewer raw materials, therefore environment-friendly.
To control overpronation, the midsole has the Diagonal Roll Bar (DRB), which is a midsole material that works by adjusting the foot towards a natural motion. This action results in a smoother heel-to-toe transition as DRB prevents excessive inward motion during the stride.
As a partner to the outsole’s Omni, the midsole also has flex grooves called the Omega. These indents add to the shoe’s flexibility, but not at the expense of cushioning.
The upper of the Ravenna 9 is a breathable mesh that promises maximum-level ventilation and customized fit. Compared to its predecessor, this version has coarser vents, but it does not reduce foot coverage. The mesh is assisted by Element Lining, which controls moisture to keep a fresh and healthy foot environment.
A reflective midfoot saddle is attached to the mesh. It offers support by locking down the midfoot, as well as safety by allowing visibility on low-light conditions.
The shoe’s collar is made of plush and soft fabric to give the ankle protection without sacrificing comfort.