Brooks Ravenna 6

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The Brooks Ravenna 6 appears to be the right combination of stability and comfort. This shoe is responsive and lightweight. It offers the same great performance as the previous shoes in the Ravenna line, but the Ravenna 6 offers new technology. This includes a new thinner upper and an adjustable mid-foot saddle. The Ravenna 6 continues use of the BioMoGo DNA for adaptive cushioning and a lightweight feel. For a support shoe, it really offers quite a bit of softness, almost comparable to the Brooks shoes that are specifically made for cushioning. The Ravenna 6 is designed to allow smooth transitions, whether working on sprint intervals or going for high mileage. This shoe is also beloved by those runners who require correction for mild over-pronating. Read on for further details.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Removable molded foam insole
  • Breathable and protective mesh upper
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Energy-returning properties in the midsole
  • Helps to correct and stabilize mild overpronators
Cons
  • Slightly heavier than previous models
  • Runs small
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Positive
  • These are on the heavier side of the running shoe spectrum. However, they have great support and are comfortable.
  • I moved over to these from another Brooks style. I use these shoes to do cardio training and at the gym; they win in comfort. I get fat feet when I work out from blood flow and these have the extra space I need at a half size larger without losing stability. They look clunky online but not so much when you wear them.
  • I changed shoes to these and it took a minute to get used to the difference in thickness. These have turned out amazing after that little break in period. I give credit to this shoe for taking time off my run. I feel for the price that these are going to be better than the 7. Based off of reviews, I say save your money, the shoes are the same really.
  • These have to be the best runner on the market. I am a personal trainer and know comfortable shoes. These were built for great arch support without going overboard. I also recommend these to people with medical conditions in there feet and knees.
  • After foot surgery, I bought these as a recommendation. I am glad that I did! I have no issues whatsoever and I feel they have helped correct my issue a bit. I bought a second pair and they haven't disappointed either.
  • Brooks never disappoint. They have good wet grip and great traction on normal surfaces as well. I would suggest getting sized before buying any type of athletic shoe so you know which lane to search down.
  • They took a minute to break in but they are supreme in arch support and super cushy. They have helped me adjust my pronation as well. I walk a lot and these are so comfortable.
  • I brought an old backup pair of shoes while walking around when I first got these; I didn't need them. When I first put these on, it was like running into an old friend, no awkward stage.
  • I wear prescription insoles and with these shoes I have had no issues or pain. I'm a very large dude and I am happy these take the pressure without failing.
  • I use these daily for training and they have helped relieve my joint pain. I am a fan for life now; these are my second pair of Brooks 6.
  • There were made for distance. They are well made, comfortable and have soft and cozy, stable cushioning. These are the best shoes I have bought, ever.
  • The side arch supports are perfect and a definite upgrade from the 5 model. These took time off my sprints. If they redesigned the spacing, these would be perfect; they are a little loose around the ankle.
  • These sneakers are supportive and feel like clouds on my feet. They did not have a wide option so I ordered a half size up and it worked great.
  • These run a little shorter than the other Brooks I bought. These are great for people with wide feet; I find runners to always be so narrow. They are made for durability without being too heavy, which is a blessing.
  • I have odd shaped feet and these fit me great. I plan on buying many more when new colors come out.
  • I bought these for my marathon and they are amazing. I bought a second pair not long after to switch out. I run alot and I am very happy about this purchase.
  • These lasted 2 months under extreme training. They are supportive and way comfy.
  • These have a great arch support and are great in comfort. I use these for hiking more than I do running because the traction is top notch for a sneaker.
  • These shoes have really helped me with my ankle rolling issue and they haven't worn unevenly like other shoes normally do. They don't vent like the other Brooks I own, so my feet get a little warm but that is minimal.
  • Being in the Army, I need a solid all terrain shoe for my PT. Not only have they stood up to the abuse, they were also recommended by my foot doctor for joint pain.
  • I have wide feet and suffer from plantar fasciitis and these hug my feet with great comfort. I work on concrete floors all day and these have yet to leave pain in my legs. I am happy and will be purchasing these again.
  • These have amazing support and comfort. When I wear these shoes, I am pain free in my lower back. I was amazed at the stability these offer for a heavier shoe.
  • I used these right out of the package and had no issues. I am over the moon about that because they are only going to get more comfortable with wear. I run a lot and need shoes that can withstand without falling apart and giving me pain. These are all that plus some and I am pleased.
  • I would suggest these as a winter runner. My heel was snug and secure and the arches were perfect. I like the toe space too; very cozy.
  • I’ve tried on virtually every running shoe I can find and these are superior. I have ran distance for years and these have helped me with my strike control. These are light and dependable. Great shoes!
Negative
  • I feel like they went back in features when they made this design. It is not even close to the 5 model. It folds in weird areas and creates unwanted pressure.
  • The inside of the right shoe mangled after a couple wears and in return rubbed huge blisters on my feet. I am not impressed to say the least.
  • I ordered the same exact model and size but for some reason these were more narrow and did not fit. How does that happen? Consistency please.
  • My shoe continued sliding off; very annoying. The width and length were just way off.
  • The shoes started breaking down after a little over a month. I rarely used them so I am not sure why this would happen.
  • When I put these on it was as if my heel was riding a slip and slide; I couldn’t keep it in the shoe. I like my old 4 style but these just didn't work at all.
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Of the 900 reviews we found in total, 11% were negative, and 89% were positive.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Brooks Ravenna 6 features a Flextra rubber outsole piece that offers support of varying degrees. This piece corresponds with gender and weight for maximum flexibility. The soft-blown rubber of the outsole offers lightweight cushioning as well as supreme durability. For reduced wear and tear in the high wear areas of the outsole, the HPR Plus system delivers long-lasting durability.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

Brooks continued use of their BioMoGo DNA technology in the Ravenna 6. This DNA technology is blended with the BioMoGo midsole, which provides adaptive cushioning, not only in the forefoot and heel but also throughout the midsole. The Brooks Ravenna 6 presents with a full-length S-257 Cushole midsole. This is a compound that increases cushioning and flexibility by utilizing an insole board. The majority of the midsole is single density soft foam, resulting in transitions that are smooth and unbroken.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Brooks Ravenna 6 offers a new thinner upper, allowing the shoe to fit closer to the foot, and therefore keeping your foot cool and happy. The mesh upper has a moisture-managing component and offers protection from outside elements. This mesh upper does this while still maintaining a breathable in-shoe atmosphere. The upper also consists of a plush tongue and collar, and linings that help wick away moisture. In addition, the upper features stitchless and heat infused synthetic overlays. Some runners report that the upper fits very snuggly.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The soft-blown rubber of the outsole offers lightweight cushioning as well as supreme durability. Of course, any shoe’s weight will vary with size, but the average women’s Brooks Ravenna 6 weighs approximately 9 ounces, while the average men’s Ravenna 6 weighs about 11 ounces. The Ravenna 6 has added an ounce of weight compared to the Ravenna 5. This may be due to the updated midsole saddle, which was added to increase stability.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

While the Brooks Ravenna 6 is known more its cushion and stability, this shoe also offers a breathability component. The mesh upper has a moisture-managing component and offers protection from outside elements. This mesh upper does this while still maintaining a breathable in-shoe atmosphere.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Comfort in the Ravenna 6 is achieved through the BioMoGo DNA technology. This technology is gender friendly, allows for adaptive cushioning throughout the entire foot, and accounts for 30% more cushioning than the standard EVA or gel materials. The Ravenna 6 also features a full-length S-257 Cushole midsole that results in increased cushioning.

The under heel area is well padded and feels very cushiony. It’s nice because it is also centered for weight loading. A few runners with plantar fasciitis reports increased comfort while running in the Ravenna 6. Another runner reported that the Ravenna 6 presented with slightly less cushioning than the Ravenna 5. However, changes to the upper in the Ravenna 6, allow the shoe to better hug your foot and keep it in place.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

With the Brooks Ravenna 6, the BioMoGo DNA allows the runner to receive more pep in each step with twice as much energy return. The runner will have the opportunity for great performance no matter the running pace or the weight of the runner. The segmented heel and mid-foot crash pad, both help to promote smooth transitions. The BioMoGo DNA also allows for a smooth heel to toe transition.

There are some runners who feel that the BioMoGo does not live up to its expectation for responsive and that only seems to increase comfortability. The BioMoGo DNA in considered non-Newtonian, meaning it firms up when stress is applied while running. However, these runners report feeling that the foam remains soft, no matter if they are running or walking.
Speed
Speed

Speed

The Brooks Ravenna 6 features a strap that forms a twin set of speed lacing loops. This strap winds between the lining and the upper, from the base to the lacing area. The loops present with an independent level of lacing pressure. Casimir Loxsom broke the American Record for the indoor 600-meter run while wearing the Brooks Ravenna 6.
Support
Support

Support

Brooks was the first athletic company to invent running shoes that provided support for over-pronators. This was an orthopedic innovation! The Brooks Ravenna 6 was built for the mild over-pronator. Brooks utilizes their Diagonal Rollbar technology in this shoe to offer support throughout the gait cycle. This is a high-density post in the medial arch of the shoe, designed to create smooth transitions.

However, some runners report feeling that the support aspect of the Brooks Ravenna 6 does not kick in until midway through the gait cycle. This is likely due to the construction of the midsole, given that the medial embed is closer to the midfoot than the heel. Therefore, the density may change along the length.
Size
Size

Size

With Brooks, the general rule is to order 1/2 a size to a full size larger than you would for your casual or dress shoes. The exception is for women who are ordering a shoe that is considered unisex. Then, a size 1.5 smaller than the usual women’s shoe will generally be required. For Brooks women’s footwear, the standard width is B, narrow is 2A; wide is D; and extra wide is 2E. For Brooks men, the standard is D, narrow is B, wide is 2E, and extra wide is 4E.
Color
Color

Color

The Brooks Ravenna comes in fun and stylish colors, such as the White/Raspberry/Paradise Green version for women. Other choices include Pink Glow/ Electric Blue Lemonade, Capri/Celestial/Diva Pink, and the simple Blue/Pink. For men, the Brooks Ravenna 6 offers choices like White/High Risk Red/Black, Peacoat/Torch/Nightlife, Skydiver/Red Orange/Cyber Yellow, and the always stylish White.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Brooks Ravenna 6 features a Flextra rubber outsole piece that offers support of varying degrees. This piece corresponds with gender and weight for maximum flexibility. The Omega Flex grooves also work to increase the flexibility of this shoe. However, some feel that the Ravenna 5 was more flexible than the Ravenna 6.
Updates
Updates

Updates

Compared to the previous shoes in this line, the Ravenna 6 has a thinner upper. This allows the shoe to fit closer to the foot, which many runners find more comfortable. The Ravenna 6 also presents with an adjustable mid-foot saddle. This saddle pulls from your arch and heel and integrates with the upper for a super fit.
Durbaility
Durbaility

Durbaility

Long-lasting durability is delivered through the HPR Plus system. This system focuses on high wear areas of the outsole. In addition, the soft-blown rubber of the outsole offers lightweight cushioning as well as supreme durability.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Brooks’ marketers often use the phrase, “Step into a whole new world of cushion and stability”. This appears to be true with the Ravenna 6. For an effective, balanced stride, the Forefoot Stable Pod Construction works from heel strike to toe-off. The rounded collar on the heel works to reduce internal stress on your body by aligning the force through the center of your ankle joint. The Brooks Ravenna 6 also offers a Universal 1/2 Sprung Platform which is designed to enhance fit and function. The density pads on each side of the foot, help to plant firmly, and therefore keep over-pronating at bay.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Brooks Ravenna 6 offers protection against bacteria growth inside the shoe, through use of elemental linings which are breathable and wick away moisture. Protection from bacterial growth is also achieved by removing the molded foam insole for cleaning. The mesh upper has a moisture-managing component but still offers protection from outside elements. It seems that this shoe is able to protect your feet from the outside elements without slowing you down.
Price
Price

Price

The Brooks Ravenna 6 was never an expensive shoe but fell in the moderate price range. However, now that the new models of the Brooks Ravenna are available, runners can find the Ravenna 6 at discounted and even clearance prices.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This shoe is designed for road racing. However, it appears many runners are using the Brooks Ravenna 6 on, track, gravel and groomed trails. This shoe is not appropriate for extreme temperatures.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The heel to toe drop of the Ravenna 6 is 10mm, with a heel of 33mm and the toe at 23mm.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• BioMoGo DNA midsole for cushioning
• Universal 1/2 Sprung Platform to enhance fit and function
• Forefoot Stable Pod Construction allows for improved balance during your stride
• HPR Plus system increase durability and shoe life
• Flextra Rubber Outsole maximizes support and flexibility
• Diagonal Rollbar technology for stability
• Rounded heel for dispersed weight during heel strike
• Omega Flex Grooves work to give you optimal flexibility
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

As with all shoes in the Brooks family, the Ravenna 6 is built with smart technologies, giving you, the runner, the opportunity to receive the right fit and function during each run. The Ravenna 6 is a well-balanced dose of cushioning and support. This shoe will be very popular with those runners looking for neutral-ness in their runs, as well as for smooth transitions.

Remember to purchase 1/2 to a full size larger than you would with your other running shoes. And, go try it on in the store if you can, even if ordering online. With Brooks Ravenna 6, you can Run Out Loud.