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2016 Spring Shoe Review: Brooks Ravenna 7 $120

04/27/2016 - 11:54

brooksrevenna-16.jpgThe Ravenna is the most versatile shoe in the Brooks lineup, neatly splitting the difference between cushioning and stability. The upper features only no-sew overlays to smooth the upper more than Round 6, simplifying the design in the process.

The saddle continues with the effective strap and Ghilley lace setup to snug the midfoot, and the closed mesh does a surprisingly effective job of allowing the foot to breathe. The midsole tooling is smoothed, though the sidewall shaping and compression lines deliver the same feel. The reworked outersole is sparser, with few areas of solid rubber, and the weight savings is significant—almost an ounce! The flex grooves give the shoe better flexion without compromising stability. Runners new to the Ravenna and longtime fans alike will find much to be praised in this solid shoe.
Testers: “Secure fit, nice and stable, plenty of cushion. What more could I ask?”

Updates the Ravenna 6

Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15 D,2E; Women 5–12 B,D

Weight: Men 11.7 oz. (size 11); Women 9.5 oz. (size 8)

Shape: semi-curved

Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board

Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with mild to excessive pronation
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