Brooks Ravenna 8

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Brooks Ravenna 8 Review Facts

Brooks came straight out the gate after the Ravenna 7’s with another lightweight cushioned running shoe but this time with more of an energized bounce.  The new 8’s come lighter than its predecessor and even provides a springier toe-off.  This shoe is a great choice for a short run around the block or to a big city marathon. Want a shoe you can rely on?  The Brooks Ravenna is that shoe. It’s cushioned, supportive, and is in it with you for the long run.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Soft cushion
  • Lightweight
  • Smooth heal-toe transition
  • Springy toe-off
  • Responsiveness
Cons
  • Semi-stiff
  • Moderate pronation support
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Positive
  • I am happy that they reopened the roe ox. The older models were great and the 6 and 7 weren’t that great. These are fresh! They hold my narrow heels and wide toes just right. The laces do not dig into the foot. They are not mushy but they have great cushion and give you a bounce when you walk. These are my new faves.
  • These are immediate comfort. I suffer from lower back and leg pain. These have eradicated that. Love at first sight.
  • Theses shoes: 5 awesome, 6 horrible, 7 tried to fix it, 8 nailed it. They aren't clunky or painful. This one fits like it is supposed to. The sole has lots of cushioning. They rubbed my ankle a bit at first but I just loosened my laces and it worked out. Great shoes.
  • I buy brooks always and wear compression socks. I work in a hospital and am on my feet all day. I ordered these a half size up. The Toe box was great and roomy. They are stable shoes and have a lot of cushion and support. They look better than the photos.
  • I’ve put around 400 miles on them and they re showing wear, maybe a 100 left? I got one blister in them from a half marathon but nothing else. A little more narrow in the toes than the 7.
  • These really add cushioning that I need for my plantars pain. This is my 3rd pair, I won’t buy anything else but Brooks.
  • I am a fan of these shoes. I have bad knees and I am able to run in these without pain or inserts. I ut these through a lot and they are doing really well. Tons of cushioning and stable. Not the best for lifting but good enough not to have to bring another pair.
  • The padding is thinner than my other runners but they hold up and are good for over 10 miles without getting squishy. These are my new marathon shoes. My feet do not sweat as bad in these.
  • I have had to do numerous things to get temporary relief from my Plantars Fasciitis and nothing has worked. These shoes were expensive but I am pain free. These shoes are a lifesaver, my magic shoes! They have so much support in the arches and cushion all over the foot.
  • My feet are wide and these really work well with that. These are amazing shoes, my only issue is they do not last long on the upper part. They are pricey, so I expect more. But, they are a really freaking comfortable shoe.
  • This shoe is a really flexible stability shoe. It fits my narrow feet well. And since I like this shoe so much, I am sure the next model will be completely different.
  • These shoes never hurt my feet. They are perfect for the half and whole marathons I run. They offer supreme comfort while still being extra supportive.
  • I have been wearing Ravenas since they started making them They always change and were heading to a non-wearable state and then they made the 8s. These shoes are perfect in every way.They are light and don't cause any ankle fatigue. They had an already broken in feel and at a half size larger, didn't squish my feet. Great upgrade to the Ravennas.
  • These are more cushy and they have ton of support. These are a solid upgrade from the las two models. Great for my runs.
  • These are nicely lifting the foot and giving ultimate arch support. The support I need to not pronate. The really support the ankles nice as well. They are comfortable and last!
  • These ran a bit larger than my last Ravenas. There are so durable and are very comfortable. Best shoe for anything I feel.
  • The color always disappoint but they are the best in comfort. They are the best stability shoe on the market, just ugly.
  • These have been great for my normal walk and run daily. They fit great after I replaced the laces. They were too tight fitting.
  • Every shoe I have ever worn has given me body and foot pain depending on the brand. These were pricey but I decided to try after reading the reviews. These are the best shoe I have ever bought and I highly recommend them to any one. These have really changed the way I walk and wear shoes.
  • Other than the soe being a little stiff, these are great. They were painless right out of the box. They sit perfect below my ankle bone with no rubbing and are very light. They breathe decent as well. I love Brooks.
  • The Ravennas have always been great for my gait. These have made my runs berer and they are super supportive. I am able o run in them and wear them for long hours at work with no issues.
Negative
  • The shoes ewer two totally different sizes. One seems longer and taller than the other. The store recommended a half size bigger but these are just strange. I am definitely returning. The just seem really poorly made.
  • These shoes have caused my ankles and hips to ache when I run or walk in them for any extended amount of time. They are way different than the 7s that I wore and loved. I ordered wide but they were not really designed wide, they were just bigger.
  • I have problem feet, so I buy shoes or simply walking and casual use. I am not able to run. Well, after two months of this type of mild use, the mesh is coming apart. Not impressed, they cost way too much.
  • I feel like they are always changing the same models drastically while keeping the same name. It is difficult for people who actually use the shoe and like it; Brooks doesn't stay consistent. These are much narrow in the toes that usual, The heel is ok. It does slip a bit and not as cushioned. Had some residual pain in my hips and feet. Very expensive and very poorly made.
  • I have two pair and the are really comfortable. They are, however, really expensive and are starting to tear near the lower eyelets after 2 months of use.
  • I always get Ravennas and I love them. These however, are not durable at all. They are not even broken in and they are breaking down. 10 days they lasted. And now the ankles are tearing. Weird.
  • These shoes killed my feet. The toe box is way too small. I tried to size up and they were too long. They also rubbed blisters on my big toe. These are just not the shoes for me apparently.
  • These have extra padding in the tongue and it does a weird thing where the laces bubble up. The arches were misplaced and when I got a larger shoe they were way too long. These really are a disappointment to the 7s.
  • I loved this shoe based of comfort and fit. The problem lies in the upper mesh part. It is not durable at all and falls apart within weeks. Too much money for a disposable shoe. I bought two pair, not a third.
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Of the 800 reviews we found in total, 21% were negative, and 79% were positive.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Brooks Ravenna 8 offers a springy toe-off and you can certainly feel the quick turn over while never losing a step from the cushioned soles. After a visual inspection of the shoe, you will notice how the outside is broken into little squares. Brooks innovative design will bring you an immediate spring like an extra pep to your running step causing your feet to feel fresh and energized through your next training program
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Ravenna 8’s provide a nice and snug fit. The shoe tapers through the midfoot eventually leading up to the open toe box. The narrow fit of the upper midsole helps with excessive pronation ultimately providing better stability through your runs. When the paths become steep or uneven you can feel the firmness from the shoes' midsole. There’s also what they call a “BioMoGo DNA Midsole cushion” which actually is designed to adapt with your stride. This cushion ultimately leads to a more natural feel increasing its level of comfort with each step.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper section of the Ravenna 8 uses a mesh that manages moisture. You will notice how this feature keeps your feet dry and cool. Not a bad feature for those far summer runs in the afternoon sun. Its upper section provides a narrow fit; however, it does not sit up too high where it actually rubs on your ankles. Have you ever noticed that some running shoes are much too narrow with an even narrower rear support where the backrest of the shoe rubs against your Achilles? This usually causes excessive rubbing ultimately leading to your skin breakage. The Ravenna 8’s upper design was perfect and caused zero irritation even when running a 20-mile run. A thumbs up for the upper section of the Ravenna 8's.
Weight
Weight

Weight

One can really appreciate the lightweight nature of the Brooks Ravenna 8’s. It’s sometimes difficult to find a shoe that’s both lightweight and cushioned without absorbing an abundance of energy from the force of your body pounding into the pavement. Well, Brooks does a fine job of achieving this type of hybrid. They are 0.2 ounces lighter than their predecessor (Ravenna 7) weighing in at 10.5oz. Furthermore, the BioMoGo DNA foam cushioning allows for a smooth and lightweight ride developed for spending prolonged time on your feet like during marathon training.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Shoes can be lightweight but just because they weigh less relative to other shoes does not mean they automatically ventilate efficiently. One feature you will immediately notice from the Ravenna 8's is the open toe box. Your toes have plenty of room to move around, almost enough room for a song and dance. With this open space and lightweight feel you would most likely predict an abundance of ventilation; however, the breathability is just at par, no complaints, but no need for any extra praising.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The comfort of the Brooks Ravenna 8 may be its most superior feature. The cushion that Brooks brings to the table with this shoe is immediately noticeable from the second you step in a pair. This is most likely due to its soft lining along with its soft soles and plush tongue which combined offers an incredible running experience The best part is that even with all of the extra cushion you don’t feel the loss of energy during speed training. Sure there are much faster shoes, but the balance of comfort, weight, and support with the energized toe-off is impressive. In addition, they have a wraparound heel collar alongside a padded interior that provides additional comfort for runners. In regards to their sizing accuracy, the Ravenna 8 was spot on and both feet felt secure and did not slip.
Style
Style

Style

Every running shoe has a particular style relative to the individual runner, that is, we all have our own taste. The Brooks Ravenna 8 does a good job offering a style that the majority would wear. Let's call the style streamlined and somewhat safe. They mesh well with most running outfits and come in multiple colors and sizes. If you are looking for an exotic style of running shoes the Ravenna 8's are not for you although they would defiantly go well with any type of running outfit of choice.
Durability
Durability

Durability

We all want a running shoe that's durable, one we can rely on, and one that provides us with our money's worth. The Ravenna 8 does a fine job at this. The abrasion resistant rubber throughout the outsole not only provides a stable ride but also creates the long-lasting durability that a runner can hope for. After 60 miles of running, one being a 20-mile run, the shoe wore respectably and still feels new and strong. Some shoes wear quick and some shoes fall apart, but the Ravenna 8’s are sturdy, firm, and yes, they are durable.
Protection
Protection

Protection

As stated previously, the upper section of the shoe provides a moisture away mesh but when considering the mesh try to think past the breathability of the shoe. In addition to ventilation, the mesh will actually protect your feet from different elements. The Ravenna 8’s also come with a lace-up feature which helps with closure. The lace-up felt secure and did not provide any sort of irritation.

With the BioMoGo DNA Midsole Cushioning, this shoe adapts well with your stride and provides cushioning on your feet while absorbing a great deal of shock that would otherwise be forced onto the body. In addition, the Ravenna 8’s are a road shoe and provide little protection on the trails so if you decide this is a shoe for you, staying on the road, track, or treadmill would be best. They were not built for the trails as they supply little protection on uneven and rigid surfaces but an adequate amount of protection on the roads.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Ravenna 8 is well recognized for its responsiveness. It uses a midfoot transition zone and a heal crash pad that work together in harmony for a quick turnover. Likewise, add in the blown rubber in the forefoot and you have a shoe with one extra-springy toe-off. Yes, the Ravenna 8 provides a lot of cushion for the long run but they also perform well when you decide to pick up the pace or opt for a day of speed training. Many runners describe the shoe as “cushioned yet springy”, this combination provides a noticeably effective responsiveness.
Support
Support

Support

One of the unique features of the Ravenna 8 is its Diagonal Rollbar Medial Post which adds to the support of the shoe. Although the shoe feels somewhat stiff at times, one can certainly tell that Brooks put a lot of effort in providing a great deal of support, they even added an adjustable synthetic saddle that pulls from the heel wrapping the foot for a nice and secure fit for even the longest of runs.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

As runners we prefer to take the road less traveled. We push through an intense workout to run farther and to move quicker than ever before. We compete against each other but most importantly, we compete against our selves. So, as we begin spending more time on our feet to achieve our new goals our running shoe becomes increasingly important as we progress. This is why it’s essential to choose a shoe built for your desired type of terrain or running surface. The Brooks Ravenna 8 is built for the road, period. They are cushioned yet lightweight, secure, and stable. The constant pounding of the pavement requires a shoe that can absorb shock and the Ravenna 8 does a job well done. When using this shoe try to stay on the roads, tracks and treadmills, leave the trail shoes for the trails.
Price
Price

Price

The MRSP of the Brooks Ravenna 8 is $120.00. After reviewing the price trends online it seems that the average price is $110.00 plus approximately $10.00 in shipping charging still bringing you up around the $120.00 mark. If you're fortunate enough find a $110.00 price with free shipping and catch a 10% promo code allowing you to score a pair for under $100.00. Overall, these prices are in the ballpark of the average marathon quality running shoe. Either way, the Ravenna 8’s performance is definitely worth the money.

If taking your running seriously then your shoe is the most important selection to your race day arsenal. You will find a lot of novice runners, for example, overly pronate and not do research on their running shoe selection ultimately purchasing a neutral shoe that was “on sale”. Next, after a few runs, they develop knee pain or push even further to injury. This vicious cycle is common and can be easily fixed by being fitted for the proper running shoe by a local running specialty store. Overall, The Ravenna 8 can certainly be a high-quality shoe for race day and is well worth its cost.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Ravenna 8 running shoe has an adequate amount of traction for the roads. The outsole comes with a blown rubber traction pattern built tough for short fast runs as well as long run in the rain. After 60 miles of running turn the shoe upside down and notice the traction pattern squares still bulging from their surface. This durable rubber outsole not only resists abrasions but provides increased traction as well.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Ravenna 8 initially feels somewhat stiff in nature but once worn in they feel a bit more flexible. Although they are not the most stretchable running shoe on the market, their full-length S-25 Cushsole Midsole Compound has an insole board for increased flexibility. The shoe even incorporates Omni Grooves in the outsole. This feature provides a multi-directional flexible function for those short agility runs through the city. Not bad for a cushioned stability running shoe.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Ravenna 8's are as stable as the best of them. The sole contributes to a smooth ride and a mid-foot post that brings a great amount of stability to the shoe. The design of the Ravenna 8’s works well for a low to moderate pronator. In addition, they lacked stability on uneven dirt trails but you can feel the security from the top to bottom while running on a smooth open road. It's obvious they were made for long distance running on the road and provides a great experience.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Ravenna 8 has a 10mm heel-to-toe drop. This type of feature has been advertised since the push of a more minimalistic shoe hit the markets back around 2009. This particular Brooks shoe is far from minimalistic with the offset for a more moderate heel striker; however, even with a 10 mm drop the heel isn’t much of a notice, especially for a runner that prefers a support for excessive heel striking.
Key Features of the Ravenna 8
Key Features of the Ravenna 8

Key Features of the Ravenna 8

• Air Mesh Upper
• BioMoGo Midsole Cushioning
• A saddle that is adjustable
• Wrap around heel collar
• Segmented Crash Pad
• Adjustable Saddle
• Diagonal Rollbar
• Abrasion-resistant rubber outsole.
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Brooks Ravenna 8 is a reliable road running shoe. Its stability is only second best to its support and comfort. Many runners find the shoe to be reliable along with having springy and lightweight feel. If you want a shoe that brings a cushioning lightweight running experience with a stable yet springy toe-off and a toe box that is not overly snug, then this is a great shoe for you. If it’s a long run on the road or speed training on the track, make sure to bring your Brooks Ravenna 8’s along for the ride, they won’t let you down.