Brooks Ravenna 7 Fully Reviewed & Compared
Brooks released it’s Ravenna 7 to eager half-marathon and marathon runners everywhere. This is the latest update to its flagship line that has always offered runners a minimally supportive but high-mileage workhorse of a running shoe. Although Brooks Ravenna 7 it’s designed for long distance runs, those just looking for a well-cushioned everyday runner can use it as their daily utility shoe. Runners count on the Ravenna line to be highly responsive and to feel quick on a run when logging both high or low mileage. Brook’s included some updates in the 7 to important features, and runners have reported that these changes are noticeable.
The Brooks Ravenna 7 provides improved cushioning, flexibility, and support from previous editions and is a versatile road-running shoe that great on both long and short runs. Some of the major updates have occurred in its upper, which is sleeker and more breathable than previous editions, along with an adjustable saddle that wraps around the midfoot to deliver a customized fit. But let’s dive into a closer look at the Ravenna 7 and what runners everywhere are reporting to be an incredibly comfortable shoe to stand in, wear to the gym, or take on your next 10K.
- Runners enjoyed the lightweight materials and construction
- Segmented Crash Pad delivers great heel-to-toe transition
- Omega flex grooves provide a great amount of flexibility
- Adjustable saddle allows fit to be customized
- Some runners felt that they were a little narrow on the toe box
- Not suitable for rocky terrains
- Not a stability shoe
Delivering an effortless forefoot ride through the blending of technology and uniform construction, the outsole of the Brooks Ravenna 7 uses the HPR Plus rubber compound that marathon runners that wear Brooks trainers have come to count on to provide superior traction. These factors combined provide runners with flexibility, durability, and responsiveness.
The new Midfoot Transition Zone that Brooks has developed provides runners with a quicker step that helps move through heel-to-toe transitions quickly. Another new addition to the outsole is the redesigned Forefoot Energy Zone.
Brooks’ claims this was done to improve overall responsiveness and keep runner’s feet feeling fresh throughout the run and runners have 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 of the Ravenna 7, 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.
Runners also felt that this design is breathable and quite supportive due to well-placed overlays, which are welded onto the upper. Many runners have been more than pleased with the upper’s support thanks to its new adjustable midfoot saddle, a premium feature that can make all the difference in the world.
This saddle works in service of the runner by locking their feet into the shoe and giving them unparalleled security on runs that other running shoes simply can’t deliver. Runners have been surprised that the tongue of the upper is plush with cushioning but remained very breathable.
Brooks’ signature shoelace guidance eyelet towards the top of the tongue ensures that it doesn’t move during long runs, a small detail that its user has come to enjoy from them. The upper’s design is further proof that Brooks goes the extra step to provide runners with one less thing to worry about during a run with the Ravenna 7.
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Runners found these shoes as above-average in weight for their category at slightly over 10 ounces, which reflects how 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 cut corners in design to save some weight.
Brooks tests their shoe in all seasons to provide a highly breathable product, and it shows in the end product. Runners found the Ravenna 7 to be quite impressive in their ability to keep the feet cool and dry throughout a run. Brooks did an excellent job balancing their patented quality materials with a smarter layout to provide an extra amount of breathability.
The adjustable saddle of the upper also significantly aids in finding customizable comfort for the runner, regardless of gait or strike pattern. Ultimately, the Brooks Ravenna 7 is a shoe that’s made to be worn for runs both long and short that provides comfort with every step.
There are over 6 different color laces available, 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. Sleek and made with a visual purpose in mind—the pursuit of running—the Ravenna 7 looks every bit the high-performance trainer it is.
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The Omega Flex Grooves on the outsole does an amazing job of dealing with unforgiving pavement through tough, high-endurance runs. Runners reported that its lightweight construction holds up very well to even 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 are running shoes that are built to last.
The diagonal roll bar guides the body back into its natural movement pattern while the propulsion pods create a responsive energy return that is ideal for quick transitions. Runners that tested the Ravenna 7 on 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 gives some idea of just how responsive a Brooks running shoe can feel—and after securing the foot with the saddle, great responsiveness is just one of the many highlights of the Ravenna 7.
Brooks also included a redesigned midfoot transition zone that provides runners with additional support from the moment of first heel strike to maximize the energy sent to the toe region. All the components of the Ravenna 7 work together to give the runner optimum support, giving the experience of running in a pair an overall holistic feel.
Time and again they proved that terrain is one thing that a runner won’t have to worry about when taking the shoes out for a run. While they are not meant to be taken out on a rocky trail, the Ravenna 7 will be more than capable of handling anything that will be encountered on a typical 10K.
Make no mistake: this is not buying an entry-level, “no-name” running shoe here. Instead, this is a top-of-the-line brand that most runners would be hard-pressed to find a better value for their money than in investing in a pair of Brooks Ravenna 7.
•BioMoGo DNA Midsole Cushioning for customized, adaptable cushioning
•Propulsion Pods help provide responsive cushioning with rapid energy return
•Midfoot Transition Zone
•Segmented Crash Pad
•Omega Flex Grooves allow for good flexibility
•Adjustable Saddle secures the midfoot area
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 run ahead.