Verdict from 5 experts and 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Ride: Just like the Ravenna 10, the Revel 4 is very bouncy, smooth, and energetic. It's almost as if the miles "just flew by." 
  • Upper comfort: This is owed to the soft upper, sufficient padding, and roomy toe box. Runners also report they have not experienced hotspots. 
  • Fit: Testers find the upper very effective in holding the foot in place.
  • Durability: After 50 miles on country roads (gravel, hills, and a bit of mud), the midsole is still intact and is not packing out. The outsole, meanwhile, also has zero signs of wear. 
  • Traction: Even on loose gravel, the shoe delivers enough grip. 
  • Cushion: It's a "goldilocks midsole," meaning it's neither too soft nor too rigid. Just like the Skechers GoRun 7+ Hyper, it doesn't feel mushy.
  • Light: All experts agree that, unlike traditional daily trainers, the Revel is not heavy at all.  
  • Lacing: It's got a good bite, so there's no need to worry about it coming loose mid-run. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • Warm: Experts warn that the Revel 4 is NOT a great summer shoe. There's just too much material on the upper, making the shoe feel hot especially in temperatures like 90-degree F and beyond. 
  • Long laces: There are those who find the laces too long, saying that they had to double knot to prevent them from flopping around. 

Bottom line

The Brooks Revel 4 is not a "specific-run type" shoe. It's simple but it can handle pretty much anything. In short, it's a versatile daily trainer that can handle your slow or long runs and help you pick up the pace if you want to.

For a budget-friendly shoe, it sure does a lot, but it's not something that long-time runners consider as "top choice." But if you're looking for an affordable pair to add to your daily shoe rotation, the Revel is a great pick. And it's just as great for running newbies who are looking for a reliable entry shoe.  

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Brooks Revel 4: Affordably fun 

The Revel 4 continues the series' signature — do-it-all qualities, comfort, and affordability. Much like the Launch, it has a soft, snappy, and fun ride. It's also plusher and bouncier than other daily trainers, but it's not as soft as the Clifton. Add in its flexible toe-off which provides some mechanical lift to the knee and forward propulsion, a smooth and fast transition is created.

Versatile is the name of the game

The Brooks Revel 4 does exactly what a daily running shoe should do — handle a variety of runs. So whether it be short, mid, or long-distance runs, the Revel can deliver. And whether it's an easy, mid-pace, or tempo-pace run, you can rely on the Revel 4. 

A warning: Runners have reported that when used in race-paced runs, the shoe requires more effort. 

Brooks Revel 4 vs. 3: What's new? 

There are only a few improvements introduced to the Brooks Revel 4. It is to ensure that although the new version displays an overhaul, runners are still equipped with the same form-fitting, featherlight, responsive design with a touch of street-style fashion to deliver versatile utility. 

  • Upgraded BioMoGo DNA midsole for shock absorption and responsiveness
  • Green rubber outsole with an arrow-point pattern for grip and heel-to-toe transitions; works hand-in-hand with the midsole foam for better pop

Rankings

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.