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Brooks Ravenna 8

- published February 2017

88

2017

RATINGS

Comfort
8
Fit
6
Responsiveness
7
Speed
8
Ride Quality
9
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
88

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THE GOOD

  • Lightweight
  • Responsive
  • Mild support without sacrificing performance
  • Speedy

THE BAD

  • Excess room in toe box
  • Narrow fit
  • Heel slippage
  • Long break-in period

THE VERDICT

The Brooks Ravenna 8 is hands down the winner for best performing daily trainer with support. Offering mild support from overpronation, the Ravenna 8 feels more like a neutral running shoe, which is why it out-performed all the other supportive shoes tested this season. The Brooks Ravenna 8 is a comfortable, responsive and reliable daily trainer with the peculiar combination of a narrow fit and an overly roomy toe box.

FULL REVIEW

The Brooks Ravenna 8 is an everyday trainer offering mild support from overpronation. Underfoot the Ravenna 8 exhibits a nice mixture of soft cushioning with a hint of corrective transition guidance. Designed with Brooks BioMoGo DNA for cushioning the Diagonal Roll Bar aids and corrects the foot through a smooth transition. A newly updated outsole and forefoot with their Midfoot Transition Zone and Segmented Crash Pad features create fast heel-to-toe transitions.

Comfort
Typically shoes that cater to runners needing support will feel firm and rigid, however, that was not the case with the Ravenna 8. Each ground strike is protected with a soft cushioned feel. Plenty of soft padding around the heel collar and tongue result in a very comfortable daily trainer.

Fit 
There was varying tester opinion on how the Ravenna 8 fit. Some felt the Ravenna 8 fit perfectly, while others experienced serious issues, such as hot spots. Overall the shoe last does seem to favor a narrow foot. 

Responsiveness 
It’s hard to find a shoe that’s this responsive with support. The BioMoGo midsole has a nice firm, snappy feeling. The supportive Diagonal Roll Bar in no way dampens the Ravenna’s ability to respond. The sole of the Ravenna 8 feels cushioned but firm, which allowed the Ravenna 8 to have responsiveness better than some of the other comfort trainers. 

Speed
The Ravenna 8 is hands down the fastest supportive trainer we’ve ever tested. Our testers were pleasantly surprised with how the Ravenna 8’s performed at higher speeds. Despite a 10mm drop, getting up on the toes is easy and smooth. There is almost a hint of the Brooks Launch (Brooks lightweight best seller) under the forefoot.

Ride Quality
The Brooks Ravenna 8 was easily the smoothest stability shoe tested. The mild medial support in no way hinders the Ravenna’s ability for smooth transitions. As one tester put it, “As a neutral runner I actually found the ride quality pretty enjoyable. The amount of stability is not overwhelming in this shoe. The ride was stable and transitioned pretty nicely throughout my stride.”

How We Tested It

The shoes in this test were used by multiple testers over varied terrain including concrete, dirt, grass and track ranging from 4 to 15 miles. Testers covered a wide range of paces to determine performance. All testers used Farm to Feet socks for consistent fit and feeling.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other cushioned road running shoe tests, lightweight road running shoe tests, trail running shoe tests, along with other related running gear tests

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Donald Buraglio

Donald Buraglio

Donald is a physical therapist, ultrarunner, barefoot aficionado, and father of three with more than 20 years of experience in endurance sports. When he's not training for ultramarathons, he enjoys hiking or slacklining with his family in Monterey County, CA.

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MSRP
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$120.00
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RATINGS

Comfort
8
Fit
6
Responsiveness
7
Speed
8
Ride Quality
9
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
88

Specs

  • Heel Height: 28mm
  • Forefoot Height: 18mm
  • Heel Drop: 10mm

Weight

10.5 oz

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