Brooks Ravenna 6

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Brooks Ravenna 6Review Facts

Brooks Ravenna 6The 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 milage. This shoe is also beloved by those runners who require correction for mild over-pronating. Read on for further details.

Pros
  • Removable molded foam insole for cleaning to reduce bacteria growth 
  • Breathable mesh upper that allows protects against the elements
  • Lightweight yet comfortable
  • Energy-returning properties in the midsole
  • Helps to correct and stabilize mild over-pronators.
Cons
  • Slightly weightier than the previous model in the Ravenna line.
  • Generally, runners must buy a larger size than they usually would.
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 you 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. This seems very effective in delivering a high level of wrap. 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. Therefor, 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, 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 through 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 moderately price range. However, now that the new models of the Brooks Ravenna are available, runners can find the Ravenna 6 at discounted and even clearanced 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 not appear 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 of the Ravenna 6
Key Features of the Ravenna 6

Key Features of the Ravenna 6

• 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
• Diagnonal 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.