The Ravenna 10’s have a lot to live up to coming right after the 9’s, but I believe that they do.
What the Ravenna 10 looks like
The Brooks design is usually cited as good, but with this, they hit it out of the park. This shoe has to be one of the best designs in the Brooks library.
Several colorways of this shoe can blend with your outfits. These shoes may look a little bulkier than previous models, but when you have them on your feet, they are amazing to look at.
The side view of the shoe
In terms of comfort, I would say that these are nothing to write home about. These shoes won’t cause you pain or irritation, but they aren’t super comfy.
In the end, though, I would prioritize function over comfort. These shoes took the harshness out of the pavement via the use of the firm midsole.
These shoes run true to size and are a good fit. While using these shoes, I rarely got blisters. When you first put them on, you might think its too tight, but as you break it in it gets better.
The grip on these shoes is good, while the durability is great. I have had these shoes for over 300 miles, and they are still holding up good.
While the Ravenna 9’s are superior to the 10’s in many ways, the durability is not one. Compared to the 9’s, the 10’s are holding up much better than they were at this point in their mileage.
Even when comparing this shoe to brands such as Hoka, which is renowned for its durability, the shoe is still competing and even beating them.
The sole of the shoe
The majority of the miles I have logged on these road shoes have been on concrete. There is a noticeable difference between this shoe and the average in terms of speed. While wearing these on the road, you will notice the speed.
Some might complain because of the additional weight of 9.4oz, but I don’t even notice it when I am on a run. The heel to toe drop is 10mm, but you won’t notice even if you have never had such a large one.
One of my best workouts in these was during a ten-mile run where I did one-minute surges. During this workout, I felt amazing and was going extremely fast.
These shoes are suited better for fast tempo work and things like that but not exclusively. I have also used these on recovery runs where they feel just fine.
Whenever I can, I go on the grass to do my runs, and the shoes feel great while doing this.
The Ravenna 10’s are a great shoe that will definitely help your runs. If you are thinking of buying this shoe or its predecessor, the Ravenna 9, I would recommend the 9.
The Ravenna 9 was an almost perfect shoe, and the10 doesn’t compare. However, if you are looking for a solid shoe and have already tried the Ravenna 9, then I would definitely try this shoe.
The Ravenna 9’s price is also something that should be considered. While not the cheapest option the market, it is definitely a good deal in terms of bang for the buck.
It is especially a good deal when comparing it to shoes around the same quality, such as the Hoka’s, which can range from 150-200$.
Bottom line, these shoes deserve a try if you haven’t had them yet.
The Brooks Ravenna 10 is the least exciting shoe I have in my shoe rotation. However, the Ravenna 10 has proved to be a very durable trainer, from 3 miles to 20 mile runs across a variety of surfaces, including mud, rock, pavement, treadmill, and even grass.
I have several hundred miles on these shoes with no visible wear despite running on tough surfaces, namely extremely sloppy rural country roads. Even the inner soles are wear-free, including the heel padding with zero tears in the material.
Sometimes runners need to be excited for a run and looking forward to the shoe of choice helps. I was never excited to run in my Ravenna 10s.
In fact, at the last minute, I ran a half marathon in an old pair of Nike Free Runs instead of my Ravenna 10s because I couldn’t imagine running well in the Ravennas. Yet, I wear them frequently.
If a runner needs a versatile shoe that can last for several hundred miles, the Ravenna 10 works extremely well. With the Ravenna 11 being released in spring 2020, many runners can benefit from the now reduced price of the 10s.
Brooks lists the weight of the Ravenna 10 at 8.3oz./235.5g. I wear a size 8 women’s, so my shoes might be slightly lighter. I typically wear one-half size up in running shoes. With an 8, I have extra room in the toe box, maybe too much.
However, I like to wear two pairs of socks in the winter. Even with one pair, I don’t have an issue with the shoes being too big in the toe box length. The drop is 10mm, which is the maximum I like. I prefer 8mm or less.
In the Ravenna 10, the 10mm drop feels less, more like my running shoes that are 8mm. My Nike Turbo 2s, for example, are also 10mm drop, and the Ravenna 10s do not feel the same.
The outsole is great for a variety of surfaces, which is why I frequently run in these shoes. The lugs across the mid/forefoot area are horizontal, which allow for a minimal amount of mud to become trapped.
These are not trail shoes, so they don’t have the grip or lug length needed for mud. However, they will work for a slight amount of mud on a gravel/rock path.
The midfoot shape is designed to go from heel to toe quickly, and as a midfoot striker, this might be why I do not feel benefited from the midsole cushion.
The outsole provides great traction and design for a variety of surfaces, surprisingly even mud thanks to the horizontal pattern in the mid/forefoot area.
The midsole is advertised as springy and cushiony with a rebound using the Brooks BioMoGo DNA. I never felt rebound while running, which is why I think the shoe lacks excitement.
The Ravenna 10s don’t have the drop or lightweight for a short speedy workout, and they lack the max cushioning needed for slower long runs. They work for both long/slow runs and short/speed workouts, but they aren’t the perfect choice for either of those types of runs.
In addition, while running on rocks, the midsole does not shield the foot from feeling the occasion sharp poke.
The upper is a one-piece mesh. I found the upper to feel restricted in the top and midfoot area around the tongue/laces, but not the toe box area.
The upper also has accommodating space on both the medial and lateral sides (so great for runners who don’t like their toes to feel crammed). The upper doesn’t have the rigidness needed to propel the foot forward for speed, and for long runs, I’d prefer a more flexible upper.
That said, the shoe isn’t hot in the summer/hot weather, and with two pairs of socks, my feet remained warm in the cold weather (even in below 0°F). The breathability is positive.
I suggest true to size or one-half size up for fit. The upper isn’t as flexible as I would like, but with one-half size up, my toes had enough room. The feel does not slip, nor it is restricting. The tongue and heel offer a moderate amount of cushion.
The guiderails on the Ravenna 10s are meant to reduce excess movement. I did not notice the guiderails while running. I could not feel a benefit, but I also didn’t feel they restricted the natural movement of my feet/stride.
Although not indented, the guiderails on the lateral and medial sides provide some protection from mud entering the shoe through the upper, and they make cleaning mud from the shoes easier (easier than cleaning the upper).
The lateral and medial guiderails did not feel invasive and provided some protection from mud.
The shoes look great. They have a casual look too so that runners can pair them with jeans on a non-running outing.
Cushioning and responsiveness
Despite adverting a springy cushioning, I never felt propelled or cushioned in these shoes. I like a ground feel anyway, so this was not a concern. Runners looking for a bouncy ride might need a higher stack shoe.
- Extremely versatile (surfaces and distance)
- Extremely durable
- Not exciting
Runners looking for a daily trainer that can cover versatile distances and surfaces will benefit from this shoe. For the price and the use, runners can save money by using this shoe for speed workouts and slow long runs.
While Brook Ravenna 10 aren’t the preferred choice for any particular surface, speed, or race, they can “do it all.”
Good to know
- The Brooks Ravenna 10 like the Transcend is a road running companion that is a part of the global roster of stability shoes for runners. This product features a sporty yet subdued look, with a seamless design and a helping of printed overlays to accentuate its modern sensibilities. Moreover, the façade has open pores that help with breathability.
- The midsole unit of this update to the Ravenna 9 is made of BioMoGo DNA, a form-fitting foam that is made of environmentally friendly components. Holistic GuideRail pieces are placed in the medial and lateral sections of the platform to reinforce midsole integrity and deliver underfoot stability.
- Blown rubber is used for the outsole unit, and it’s meant to protect from abrasion, and its spongy nature is tasked with providing an extra bounce to each step. Flex grooves encourage the natural bending capacity of the foot.
Blown rubber is the material that is used for the outsole unit of the Brooks Ravenna 10. This compound is designed to protect the midsole from abrasion and to provide grip over the surfaces. It also provides extra cushioning through its slightly squishy construction.
The Midfoot Transition Zone is comprised of minimal midfoot design with a crisscross rubber pattern. It is meant to guide the foot through the gait cycle, smoothening the transition from the heel strike to the toe-off.
The forefoot section features flex grooves. These shallow trenches are created to make the underfoot platform as flexible as possible, thereby permitting the natural movement capacity of the foot as it takes each step.
Cushioning is the responsibility of the BioMoGo DNA which runs the entire length of this Brooks running shoes. This full-length foam is the amalgamation of two propriety technologies: BioMoGo and DNA. The former makes up the bulk of this feature, and it’s made of environment-friendly materials; the latter is a slightly malleable piece that conforms to the shape of the specific wearer’s underfoot. A custom in-shoe feel and well-rounded cushioning are the goals of this tech.
GuideRails are added to the medial and lateral sides of this running shoe. While the one on the outboard section is short and only meant to steady the heel, the one on the medial side is for the stability of the arch and the correction of the wearer’s stance. Both under-pronation (high-arch structures) and overpronation (flat-arch structures) are the targets of this feature.
The upper unit of the Brooks Ravenna 10 is made up of a one-piece mesh, which is material that has a near-seamless construction. It has open-weave sections to elevate the capacity of the façade to accommodate the flow of air into the foot-chamber. It also has close-weave portions to heighten durability and the security of the foot.
Thin synthetic overlays are printed onto the sides and the instep. These add-ons bolster the upright structure of the upper unit. They also make sure to help when it comes to locking the foot in place and preventing in-shoe wobbling.
A traditional lacing system is used for the Ravenna 10. It involves semi-round laces snaking through discreet eyelets on the bridge of the shoe. These elements work together to provide a secure fit. Runners can adjust the snugness or looseness of the coverage by manipulating the laces.
A lace anchor in stitched on the tongue unit. This fabric loop links the laces and the tongue together, preventing fabric deviation and the skin irritation that comes with such an occurrence.
The lightly padded tongue and collar are meant to cushion the ankles, the Achilles tendon and the roof of the foot. These parts of the upper unit also have the goal of averting accidental shoe removals, thereby increasing confidence when running.