Brooks released its Ravenna 7 to eager half-marathon and marathon runners everywhere. This is the latest update to its flagship lines that always offer runners a minimally supportive yet high-mileage workhorse. Although it’s designed for long distance runs, those just looking for a well-cushioned casual runner can use it as their daily utility shoe. Runners count on the Ravenna line to be responsive and to feel quick on the feet when logging the higher or lower mileages. Brook’s did some updating to important features and runners reported that they are easy to notice and feel. In the following review, we will get into Brooks’ continued commitment to providing the very best experience for their runners. Let’s dive into what runners everywhere are reporting to be an incredibly comfortable shoe to just stand in and wear to the gym, or to your next 10k.
Sticking to their ability to combine a solid use of materials throughout the construction of their shoes, Brooks implemented the Omni Grooves in the shoe’s outsole in a way that melds perfectly with the midsole’s Omni Flex Grooves. Runner’s felt that it gave the Ravenna 7 a uniform feeling that starts in the outsole and runs throughout the whole shoe. All runners agreed that it delivers added flexibility without reducing the cushioning impact control.
It delivers an effortless forefoot ride through the blending of technology and uniform construction. The outsole unit of the Brooks Ravenna 7 uses the HPR Plus that marathon runners have come to count on to give them durable traction through its high abrasion-resistant capacity. The blown rubber material that Brooks chose to work with on the outsole works well with the rest of the technology found throughout the rest of the shoe. These factors gave runners both flexibility and durability while still providing a responsive ride.
The midsole unit of this shoe features Brooks’ signature BioMoGo DNA foam cushioning that runners are very familiar with. Runners found that the updated material delivers a perfectly cushioned and smooth ride throughout their long distance runs. The new Midfoot Transition Zone that Brooks has developed gave runners a quicker step that helped the shoe move through the heel-to-toe transition quickly. Another new addition to the outsole is the redesigned Forefoot Energy Zone.
Brooks’ claims this was done to improve the responsiveness and keep runner’s feet feeling fresh throughout the run, and runners welcomed the upgrade from the previous model Ravenna 6’s. To further contrast the new and old, runners felt the changes to the undercarriage chassis, taking note that it was much less rigid in the medial post, which offered support without overdoing it. Neutral runners also felt a quicker ride in the Ravenna 7 when compared to the 6: its firmness in the forefoot area is solid yet cushioned on the heel. Brooks did a great job bringing a newly aggressive feel to the mid while maintaining their signature supportive fit.
The upper of the Brooks Ravenna 7 uses their new standard of seamless design. Mostly made of mesh it gives runners top notch comfort when they run and no skin irritation because nothing is there to rub on the foot. This is something that marathon runners consider a must due to their long distance runs. Runners also felt that this design is breathable and also quite supportive through the well placed overlays, which are welded onto the upper. Runners were more than pleased with the upper’s support, thanks to it’s new adjustable mid foot saddle, this is a premium feature that can make all the difference in the world.
The saddle works for the runner by locking their feet into the shoe and giving them unparalleled security on the runs that other running shoes simply can’t deliver. Runner’s were surprised that the tongue of the upper is plush with cushioning but still remained very breathable. Brooks’ signatures such as the shoelace guidance eyelet towards the top of the tongue to ensure that it doesn’t move during long runs are the little details that everyone has come to enjoy from them. Think about the last long run that you were on and had a nice fast pace going, only to be forced to stop and correct your tongue. Brooks gives you one less thing to worry about with the Ravenna 7.
The Brooks Ravenna 7 comes in at 10.7 ounces for a Men’s US 10. Lightweight materials including full length BioMoGo Mid Sole cushioning help to create an expertly crafted and well though out build. These shoes keep the bulk out of the design and the high performance components are still present. Runners found these shoes as above average in weight for their category at slightly over 10 ounces, meaning Brooks did not sacrifice a single component when designing these shoes. There are times when keeping the weight down on shoes may come with the removal of much needed cushioning, which for marathon runners, may be a deal breaker. However, Brooks’ commitment to quality materials allows them to not have to ever cut corners in design.
Brooks took into account runners that tend to run on a higher temperature due to marathon conditions and other environmental factors. The Ravenna 7 uses materials that runners felt allowed their moisture to escape through their seamless upper mesh. Runners have trusted the Ravenna line to keep enough breathability for longer runs that require the most out of their endurance levels. Brooks tests their shoe in all seasons to provide a very breathable product, and it shows. Runners found them to be quite impressive in their ability to keep their feet drier and cooler. Brooks did an excellent job balancing their patented quality materials with a smarter layout to provide breathability into the construction of thei shoe.
Every level of runner from casual to marathon will be pleased to know that Brooks added layers of comfort to their new Ravenna 7 versus their previous iteration. Starting with the segmented crash pad, materials serve a dual purpose with the goal of creating a long distance running shoe with not just a high performance output, but comfort as well.
Runners found that effective heel to toe transition is also accompanied by light padding that helps secure the foot while preventing skin irritation. The adjustable saddle also significantly aids in the shoes ability to add a layer of customizable comfort to the runner, regardless of gait or strike pattern. Ultimately, it’s a shoe that’s made to be worn for long runs and give runners the comfort they need in every step.
This shoe has a professional running style to it that is very familiar to the Brooks linage. Runners’ most popular choice were the royal blue color way, sporting a vibrant lime green logo that doubles as a reflective agent for higher runner visibility in low light conditions. Brooks even color coordinated the laces of the shoe with each color way. There are over 6 different color laces and each color can have a different outline that matches the secondary color of the shoe. The inner fabric also shines with a stylish geometric pattern and sharp, color coded lines. Runners agree that the new Ravenna is on trend for this year’s marathon running shoe.
Brooks is well known for creating durable shoes with quality materials. Year after year, runners trust the Brooks name to log in hundreds and hundreds of miles with very little wear compared to their competitors. In fact, most runners found that their Ravenna 6’s still had life left in them.
The Omega Flex Grooves do an amazing job of dealing with unforgiving pavement through tough, high endurance runs. Runners reported that the lightweight construction holds up very well to their most punishing outings. Brooks’ BioMoGo DNA Midsole doesn’t just provide dynamic cushioning and feedback to the runner, it also holds back against the weight and pressure of the runner. These shoes were built to last.
Starting from the ground up, Brooks set out to create a highly responsive marathon runner; and that is exactly what they did. Runners absolutely love the updated adjustable saddle; they report that the pull from the heel that they provide wrap the mid foot in a very secure fit.
The diagonal roll bar guides the body back into its’ natural motion pattern while the propulsion pods create a responsive energy return that is ideal for quick transitions. Runners that tested the Ravenna 7 on very technical marathon courses noted that they transition quickly from flat surfaces to steep inclines, and felt confident digging in with their strikes. Just lacing these sneakers on your feet will give you an idea of just how responsive a Brooks running shoe can truly be.
The Brooks Ravenna 7 feature a 10 mm midsole drop and are ideal for flat to medium arches. Brooks worked with runners that frequently suffer from conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, and plantar fasciitis to make changes to their adjustable saddle. Runners agreed that this version of the running shoe have a much stronger support system than the last. Brooks also included a redesigned mid foot transition zone that will provide runners with additional support from the moment that heel strikes to maximize the energy sent to the toe region. All the components work together to give the runner optimum support.
These shoes are meant to run and they are meant to run hard. Take one look at the segmented crash pad and you will know that this shoe can handle all marathon terrain. The Ravenna 7’s have been tested for hundreds and hundreds of miles in rain soaked pavement and in all types of long distance marathons. Time and time again they prove that terrain is one thing that you won’t have to worry about when you’re taking the shoes out for a run. While they are not meant to be taken out on a rocky trail, they will be more than capable of handling anything that you will see on a typical 10K.
The Ravenna 7 comes in at the perfect price point to give all runners a chance to own a highly technologically advanced long-distance running shoe. Runners reported that they have paid a significantly higher amount of money for other running shoes with the same amount of features as Brooks’ newest flagship model. Make no mistake; you are not buying an entry-level “no name” running shoe here, you are purchasing the best of the best. Most runners will be hard-pressed to find a better value for their money than the Ravenna 7.
•Diagonal Roll Bar that guides the body back into a natural motion pattern
•Brooks' Biomogo DNA Midsole Cushioning for dynamically adapting to every step and stride
•Propulsion Pods help provide responsive cushioning with rapid return energy to the runner
•Midfoot Transition Zone and segmented crash pad provide fast heel-to-toe transitions
•Omega Flex Grooves for optimal flexibility
•Updated Adjustable Saddle works with gravity and pulls from the heel, wrapping the midfoot in securely
The most recent update to the Ravenna running shoe was carefully engineered to give runners an overwhelming sense of comfort and performance. This is not Brooks experimenting with something they are not familiar with; this is the evolution of their flagship model. The beloved Ravenna running shoe is back and it is back in a big way. Season runners are reporting a stable ride and quick transitions that keep their tempo during the longest of runs.
When you are running about eight to eleven miles, you need a well-cushioned and supportive shoe that you don’t have to think twice about. Most runners have been there, that point in the run where fatigue tends to settle in and even the slightest give on your shoe can make your strides harder to follow up. These issues are a thing of the past with the Brooks Ravenna 7; runners can finally take their mind off of their shoes, and keep the focus on the course.